Practice, Practise, Praxis: Serial Repetition, Organzational Behaviour and Strategic Action in Architecture, Edited by Scott Srli

Practice, Practise, Praxis: Serial Repetition, Organzational Behaviour and Strategic Action in Architecture, Edited by Scott Srli

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Softcover, 6.5 x 8.2 in.

160 pp.

Published by YYZBOOKS

Toronto, 2000.

Scott Srli teaches architecture, media, and communications in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Toronto, with an emphasis on time-based media. Srli is also an independent curator and co-founder of the street window gallery, convenience, which programs artists in an architectural, urban, and civic context.

This vibrant collection of essays, photo works, and drawing projects explores the physical problems of our built environment with a view to bridging the perceived divide between theory and practice in architectural discourse. The Canadian and international architects, photographers, and cultural commentators in this anthology address issues such as the relationship between professional practice and conventional architectural models, the political and sociological dimensions of various kinds of social and private spaces, and the effects of recent history upon architectural practice. From George Baird's overview of architectural praxis ensuing from the pivotal events of 1968, to Peter MacCallum's photo essay documenting the demolition of the Milnes Fuel Oil site, to Gordon Brent Ingram's consideration of the possibility of queerscape architecture at Wreck Beach in Vancouver, Practice Practise Praxis encourages a reconsideration of architectural thinking and practice across categories.

Srli has produced that rare thing of a volume of essays that cohere and leave the reader haunted by provocative questions and powerful images.... A must-read for anyone wishing to explore the reciprocal relationship between theory and practice. -- Alina Payne, Professor of the History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University


 

Contents

Introduction

Scott Srli

1968 and its Aftermath: The Loss of Moral Confidence in Architectural Practice and Education

George Baird

Mouldy Modernism

Scott Srli

Conditioning Infrastructure

Keller Easterling

Milnes Fuel Oil Demolition

Peter MacCallum

Cleaning House: Purity, Presence and the New Spirit in Le Corbusier

Melony Ward

The Occupation of the Surface: Time Sections

Judith Geher

(On the Beach): Practising Queerscape Architecture

Gordon Brent Ingram

A Public Square

Adrian Blackwell

Home Office: Contemporary Space of Practice

Brian Boigon

Target Practice: the Discourse of the Others

Notes on the Corporate Ethos and the Architectural Academy

Graham Owen

Photo credits

Contributor's Notes

Acknowledgements

ISBN: 0-920397-29-8 / 978-0-920397-29-9