Crosswise – 4 Conversations

EVENT 3 FRIDAY 1st of JUNE     10.00-10.15 Introduction to the event by Alvaro 10.15 – 11.50  Dissolving Boundaries Tatjana Crossley, Elena Palacios, Sofia Krimizi   The overarching theme of this panel is ‘boundaries’, looking at this through the lens of the psychological, the physical and the representational. Tatjana Crossley will be discussing the […]

Crosswise – PhD Symposium

EVENT 1 WEDNESDAY 30th OF MAY  Double Crossing  “This Thing Called Theory” Open Seminar Series   14:00 – 18:00 At the The Barrel Vault in The AA Organised by  AA PhD Programme & Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) This Thing Called Theory Stemming from the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) 2015 conference, the open seminar […]

Damnoen Techamai

Fake Cakes: Thai Weddings

Since 'hybridity' has its own complexity and logic therefore what is the logic of hybridity in contemporary Thai weddings? My study has an aim to explore the contemporary Thai weddings in Bangkok through the investigation of their hybrid elements.

David Hutama

Migrating Technology Imposing Typology: Problematizing the cross-appropriation of building practice in Java, Indonesia in 1870-1942.

The enactment of the 1870 Agrarian Act and, followed by the 1901 Ethical Policy in the Dutch East indies urged not only migration of people but also the migration of systems from the Netherlands, as the metropole, to the archipelago, as its colony. This migration engendered unprecedented industrial privatisations. One noticeable shift was the increasing demands of technology and technical skills. The proliferation of plantations and other industries increased the needs of having more expert technicians who were able to comply with the Dutch regulations and standards from the Javanese people. That said, Dutch initiated three endeavours to overcome the challenges; 1. educating and training the Javanese the necessary technical knowledge and skill, 2. Re-inventing Javanese tradition and crafts, and 3. setting the Hygienic standard for housing.

Davide Sacconi

A Project for the Brazilian City

Eleni Axioti

Architecture as an apparatus of governance: (British) architecture from the welfare state to the state of workfare.

This research attempts an architectural history of the present. It analyzes architecture as a dispositif operating within the practice of governance and unfolds a transversal cartography of architectural operations that problematize the relation of architectural practice to contemporary issues of political economy.

Georgios Eftaxiopoulos

Stásis: Towards a Critique of Flexibility in Architecture

Flexibility, nowadays, constitutes the canon. Applied as a technique in order to achieve living spaces that are able to accommodate a series of different occupations, lifestyles and needs, the thesis argues that flexibility, antithetically, operates as an architectural tool towards the transformation of spaces that are becoming far from being 'free' and instead alienate and restrict their inhabitants.

Hyun-Jae Nam

Urban Nodes: Programming Intelligent Spaces for Social Interaction

Ioanna Piniara

We have Never been Private! The Housing Project in Neoliberal Europe

The thesis puts forward an interpretation of the management of domestic space through the transformation of the concept of the private within the socio-economic regime known as neoliberalism. In this light, the thesis proposes a critical reassessment of housing privatization not merely as a policy introduced in the 1980’s to promote new contractual relationships, but as a post-war strategy to establish a change of ethos, culture and organization of housing. The thesis argues that the state has constantly partnered the market (‘private sector’) in the promotion of a carefully designed pedagogy of domestic privacy associated with property and individualism, to the extent that ‘the private’ has hardly existed as such in the neoliberal era. The daunting failures of this housing model in terms of inaccessibility and alienation of care in the urban domestic realm, negate privacy as an affirmation of essential autonomy and are reminiscent of its classical concept of deprivation.

Ivonne Santoyo Orozco

Rome, Before the State: Architecture and Persuasion in the Early Modern City

To reconsider the ways in which architecture has served the needs of various regimes of power by imposing a specific ethos through its grandeur, composition, typologies, and techniques.