RE: [-empyre-] forward from Johannes
Regarding Johannes' questioning of 'intervention', I consider a work that is
built in a specific context that comments on its site or reveals something
about that site an intervention. It creates an interference that interrupts
a direct relation to the site/condition/context and preferably heightens an
awareness of the space.
The performativity of our work is its reaction to the environment and
passersby. This is partially a laboratory for interactive and responsive
architectures, as the NOX and Toyo Ito have done with their pavilions. And
the performances aid in revealing the conceptual, contextual, and/or
narrative, preferably all three.
I think the current interest in Deleuze, Bergson, Merleau-Ponty is because
of their relation to new media, interactive art and architecture:
perception, time, memory, cinema, movement, and the body. They provide a
conceptual foundation for the material and techniques of media and
interaction, for creation and criticism, independent of an overtly political
use of media.
Architecturally, most political activism can be found in a few larger
organizations - Architecture for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity - local
organizations like New York's Common Ground. But I think most the most
pervasive form of architectural activism is the 'green' movement and the
strive for sustainability and environmental responsibility. Rocky Mountain
Institute, Cradle-to-Cradle, U.S. Green Building Council, TransMaterial,
Green Builder provide some resources. I read quite some time ago in an
article in Metropolis Magazine (an article I can't find so my numbers may be
off) that the building industry causes, at least, 30 percent of global
pollution (again, my facts may be a bit skewed, regardless it's an issue of
great importance and huge consequence).
The most consistent voice in architectural activism when dealing with
economic, geo-political and international politics comes from
critic-architect Michael Sorkin who often takes architects to task for not
only what they are building but also for whom and how.
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