→ Chapter 1: Start Somewhere

Challenges for Architecture Practice
Research in/on Architectural Education

I have often given the advice “just start somewhere”. Rather than genuinely being a starting point, part I is more a middle point or a marker - hence the title “Start Somewhere”. There are several inspirations for my approach to this section. In his Manifesto for Performative Research, Brad Haseman talks of practice-led researchers constructing “experiential starting points from which practice flows .” Gray and Mailins compare a contextual review in art and design to “mapping the terrain” over which the investigation will travel. The term Contextual Review reflects that the input for the thesis exists in a wide range of media and not simply in literature. Thus, To locate a valid line of enquiry for the thesis, the first practice element is a “contextual roadmap”, which visualises where my inputs have come from and how they relate to each other. Moreover, as a reflective mapping exercise, the mapping allows me to focus on some key turning points in my development and question the origins of my positions. 

Contextual Timeline for Thesis as Part of Part 1

Reading List:
Awan, N., T. Schneider, and J. Till. Spatial Agency: Other Ways of Doing Architecture. Taylor & Francis, 2013.

Gray, Carole, and Julian Malins. Visualizing Research: A Guide to the Research Process in Art and Design. Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2004.

Harriss, Harriet et al. ‘Architectures Afterlive - Final Report’, 2022. http://architectures-afterlife.com/files/file/outputs/IO2_ARCHITECTURES-AFTERLIFE-REPORTS-BOOK-1.pdf.

Harriss, Harriet, Rory Hyde, and Roberta Marcaccio, eds. Architects after Architecture: Alternative Pathways for Practice. New York, NY: Routledge, 2020.

Haseman, Brad. ‘A Manifesto for Performative Research’. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy Practice-led Research, no. 118 (2006): 88–106.

Manzini, Ezio. Design, When Everybody Designs: An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2015.

Smith, Hazel, and Roger Dean. Practice-Led Research, Research-Led Practice in the Creative Arts. Practice-Led Research, Research-Led Practice in the Creative Arts. Edinburgh University Press, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1515/9780748636303.