08 April 2014

Stan Allen: Practice Vs Project

1. Allen identifies the dichotomy between theory and practice as a possible pitfall in design. Have you ever encountered this in your own work? Are there any built projects in which you think that this is an issue? (Pg. XII)
2. What are some examples of where outside ideological forces create and enforce rules? Are they justified? If not, what are some good reasons for challenging them? (Pg. XII)

Material Practices:
1. Instead of Practice vs. Theory, Allen identifies the interconnected categories of discursive practice and material practice. What do you think his point is in doing this? In other words, how does discursive practice differ from theory? (Pg. XIII)
2. Why does Allen say that 'doubt' is necessary to the distinction between discursive and material practice? (Pg. XV)

1. Allen says that "Consistency and Rationality are guaranteed by the hard logic of structure and the indifferent behavior of the materials themselves." How does Allen later contradict this statement? Is it possible to have a non-logical structure? (Top Pg. XVII)
2. What are some ways in which methods of representation can come into conflict with the literal physical construction process? (Pg. XVII)

1. Allen writes that "… control exercised by any disciplinary regime can never be total. Resistance will find other pathways around, or under, or through, the constraints imposed from the outside, pathways that lead away from transgression, catastrophic overthrow, withdrawal or retreat." What is the point at which architectural control ceases? (Pg. XIX)
2. What does Allen mean when he asserts, "To conceive this work as a practice is to work from examples, and not principles." Aren't examples representations of principals? (Pg. XX)

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