71 Works

Narrative Deserts and Embodied Meanings in the City

Kris Pint
In his famous analysis of everyday life, Michel de Certeau examines how the technocratic discourse of production and consumption deprives urban inhabitants of meaningful stories. At the same time, he discerns a proliferation of microstories that resist this homogenization. We want to argue that de Certeau’s work is still very relevant for a discussion about meaningfulness and the contemporary city, if we take into account that these stories can also be antagonistic and even destructive....

Narrating the Urban Fabric of our Historical Towns

Juan A. García Esparza
This article explores informal expressions of cultural heritage in historical towns. The framework in historical urban settlements uses research to analyse the entanglements of urban heritage when surveyed as environments where subcultures and minorities inhabit and create those sites. The approach challenges the idealistic constructed scenarios of the past and provides space for new interpretations on the cultural diversity of the unplannable or informal in place-making. This paper examines the heritage conservation paradox on how...

Beyond Community Inclusivity through Spatial Interventions

Asma Mehan, Krzysztof Nawratek & Farouq Tahar
This article argues against the concept of integration as the main mechanism allowing various sociocultural groups to live together and instead proposes ‘radical inclusivity’ as a better, less oppressive model of a pluralistic society. Through analytical and reflective research on the non-cohesion-based approach to integration or inclusion, this article is devoted to examining the affordances and limitations of integration through various forms of spatial interventions. As an example, we will discuss the Ellesmere Green Project...

A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment, No. 04 (2022): Physiomimetic Façade Design

404 Pages ISBN 978-94-6366-506-3

Concept development for a bionically-mathematically inspired greened cooling cladding.

Michael Johann Paar & Alexander Petutschnigg
This paper deals with the greening of claddings and the cooling of buildings from the perspective of a bionic scientist or an industrial designer. Reflections on a new building cover shall early enough show an approach to the containment of future problems in the often predicted ‘urban future’. The development of a concept for a greened cooling cladding happens through the transition of bionic-mathematical principles, which have been considered only a little here so far....

A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment, No. 01 (2022): Rules, Power and Trust

172 Pages ISBN 978-94-6366-503-2

A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment, No. 24 (2021): Mitigating the Risks in Energy Retrofits of Residential Buildings in China

252 Pages ISBN 978-94-6366-478-3

A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment, No. 9 (2022): Advancing Transparency

350 Pages ISBN 978-94-6366-551-3

A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment, No. 08 (2022): Urban Scenes of a Port City

274 Pages ISBN 978-94-6366-542-1

From Epiphylogenesis to General Organology

Robert Alexander Gorny & Andrej Radman
Epiphylogenesis is a neologism coined under Stiegler’s anthropotechnical theorisation of the co-evolution of brains and tools. In line with feminist and decolonial theorists like Claire Colebrook and Kathryn Yusoff, it foregrounds that there has never been such a thing as ‘the human’. There are only differentiation processes that historically make humans who they are, and do so in different ways. As such, it has gained some currency in a stream of neo-materialist theories that have...

A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment, No. 13 (2022): Het handschrift van L.P. Roodbaard

454 Pages ISBN 978-94-6366-582-7

A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment, No. 12 (2022): nD-PointCloud Data Management

206 Pages ISBN 978-94-6366-572-8

Physiomimetic Façade Design

Susanne Gosztonyi
Adaptive façades are designed to actively regulate the exchange of material and energy flows and thus improve the balance between comfort and energy consumption. However, their technical complexity leads to higher development efforts, maintenance and costs, and ultimatelyfewer implementations. Embedded adaptive functions could be an opportunity to reduce these drawbacks. If embedded adaptivity is to work within a design, the particularities of geometry and material arrangements must be considered. Nature offers fascinating models for this...

Virtues of Proximity

Gabriel Cuéllar & Athar Mufreh
Whereas real estate-driven development tends to invest in singular and concentrated sites, resident-led development thrives in scattered patterns. The properties of community land trusts (CLTs) — one of the foremost models of resident-led development whereby land is claimed and used by a community without landlords — are almost always dispersed in a context where every property line is a potential obstacle to development. What these populist landholdings lack in terms of economy of scale is...

'New Classical' Contemporary Architecture

Pierre Chabard
Cet article s’attache à retracer la généalogie des idées portés par le réseau anglo-saxon d’architectes new classical qui partagent le souhait de renouer avec les traditions prémodernes et avec une « architecture classique », largement idéalisée et réinventée. Résonnant avec les arguments réactionnaires et identitaires de la droite populiste actuelle, cette doctrine architecturale s’est structurée au tournant des années 1980 au plus fort des débats autour du postmodernisme et s’est développée depuis lors, en dehors...

Trump’s Aesthetic, Spatial and Architectural Dramalities

Sophie Suma
This article hypothesises that while drama is primarily a television genre, its operation also appears in the way Trump mediates his political activities. By observing some of the media objects and events staged by Trump, such as his escalator descents from Trump Tower, the popularisation of Trump’s Border Wall, the attempt to institutionalise the executive order entitled ‘Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again’, and the transgression of national symbolic spaces embodied by the 4 July 2019...

Cult of war

Elena Markus & Nina Frolova
The Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces in Kubinka near Moscow is a quintessential example of the post-Soviet populist ideology, representating a mixture of ostensibly religious values with multiple secular cult objects.

Queer Life(lines) Within the Death of an Archive

Setareh Noorani
In this essay turned collective text-archive, I explore, through proliferating Stieglers thought, epigenetics as the genetic transfer of experience, seeing it as our inherited tools, codes, and processes that enable us to construct radical political alternatives. Similarly, the global West has inherited institutions and their systems – such as the archive – retaining specific perspectives founded on a Eurocentric epistemic model proximate to whiteness, masculinity, and heteronormativity, while obscuring or forgetting Other knowledges. A main...

Ars Demones *2022* Manifesto

Agnieszka Anna Wołodźko
Ars Daemones is a manifesto that responds, problematises and encounters conditions and implications of the practice of technologies of spirit as specified in the Ars Industrialis’ two manifesto written by B. Stiegler in 2005 and 2010. Most importantly, the present manifesto focuses on the question of possible conditions and material implications of practice that Stiegler framed within his word of mystagogy. Here, the mystagogy as a knowledge that escapes capture, that demands “contexts, milieus, practices,...

Understanding the decision-making process in homeowner energy retrofits

Shima Ebrahimigharehbaghi
In 2020, owner-occupied housing accounted for 57% of the housing stock in the Netherlands. Homeowners are fully responsible for the implementation of energy retrofits. Moreover, the processes of energy retrofitting are complex and homeowners face problems such as finding financial support, reliable information and contractors. The complexity of implementing energy retrofits may discourage homeowners from continuing the process and achieving the expected benefits. Behavioural aspects and transaction costs (TC) are among the most important factors...

A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment, No. 23 (2021): Green Climate Control

190 Pages ISBN 978-94-6366-477-6

A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment, No. 02 (2022): The Oil is Dying? Long Live its \"Heritage\"!

236 Pages ISBN 978-94-6366-500-1

The Oil is Dying? Long Live its \"Heritage\"!

Stephan Hauser
Oil is a dangerous product. Its transport, storage and refining present numerous environmental and health challenges. Local, national and European regulators have taken steps to locate it in space since the beginning of industrial oil drilling in the 1860s. But key leaders of the oil industry in Northwest Europe, and beyond, have also served as policy makers and aimed to keep legal constraints (decrees, laws, taxes) as limited as possible to prevent the emergence of...

Green Climate Control

Tatiana Armijos Moya
Several studies have demonstrated the potential of botanical biofiltration and phytoremediation to remove indoor pollutants and improve overall comfort. However, there is a lack of evidence on how indoor greenery affects the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), particularly on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). The main goal of this research project was to explore and evaluate the efficacy of an active plant-based system in terms of IAQ and being able to answer the main research question: “Can...

A Walk to the Cherwell River Meadows

Saskia De Wit
In order to generate insights on the role of perceivable form, this article presents an excursion to Oxford, a mid-size European city with a strong urban identity. By weaving the landscape of the non-traditional architectural ensemble of St Catherine’s College into that of the traditional urban landscape, this paper aims to unfold (the perception of) the physical landscape, beyond the polemics of architectural style, as a generator of meaningfulness. Devoid of the style characteristics that...

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