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Conquering the Classroom

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  • Tracking Architectural Controversies
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Microsoft Word - 1091_camera_1270484022.doc ‘Conquering the Classroom’ - Tracking Architectural Controversies Lotz, K. Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture (email: [email protected]) Abstract How can buildings be perceived not only for their properties as stable objects and spatial organisation, but also and at the same time as series of transformations, as socio-material orderings, as movements? On the basis of a discussion between architectural theory and actor network-theory, the paper proposes that spatial visions can be followed as issues of dispute and investigation in distributed, cognitive processes. This paper is based on studies of the planning of a new secondary school, focusing on a spatial concept emerging during the course named ‘The X zone’ – a spatial zone for interaction. Through analytical emphasis on the visual materials and documents produced during the process, and through interviews with architects, clients and engineers, I describe the continuous efforts to establish and strengthen architectural motives, and how they eventually gain the ability to align other motives and other actors. Keywords: architecture, architectural theory, actor-network theory, architectural process 1. Introduction The main purpose of the paper is to contribute to understandings of architecture as series of transformations, as moving projects. It is also to demonstrate, that theoretical information for such an analytical stance can be provided by a meeting between architectural theory and the branch of Science-Technology-Studies (STS) known as ‘Actor-Network-Theory. (ANT). In order to face the rapidly increasing awareness of how much responsibility issues of sustainability pose on architecture and architectural theory, it is required to open buildings for the recognition of their properties as more than the stable, quiet objects in our cities. (Wang 2009). The overemphasis on a ‘final building’ in architectural theory will have to yie

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