Architecture in the Making
Architecture as a Making Discipline
and Material Practice


Architectural Knowledge Production in Professional and Academic Practices – The Aspect of ‘Making’ in Architecture as Practice and Discipline

Nilsson, Fredrik

Project Contact: fredrik.nilsson@chalmers.se
Project Type: Research Project
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Description

This project addresses one of the main themes of the research proposal – architecture as a making discipline and material practice. It intends to elaborate on and contextualise the background and the discussion on architecture as a making discipline, which emerged around the turn of the millennium. It will thereby point at some possible directions and needs for further development and elucidations.

Since actively doing, modelling, making and altering things within existing contexts are central aspects of the discipline of architecture – both regarding the actual designing as well as how knowledge and theories are used and generated in the design process – theories and methods are closely intertwined, which also can be said about professional and academic practices. Making is central to architecture as a profession and the way architects think, work and generate knowledge. As a specific scholarly field developed from within its practice, architecture has been described as a making discipline concerned with a specific making knowledge. Architecture has also been described as a practice that transforms reality by producing objects or organisations of matter, and analyses the present in order to project transformations into the future, which then needs theories and methods of both analytical and generative kinds.

This project intents to discuss some conceptual frameworks and notions that have been used or have potential to further develop theories and understandings about the specific processes and forms of knowledge used in creative practices of architecture, design and art. More articulate conceptual frameworks of this knowledge and abilities are not only of importance for strengthening the disciplines and practices, but can also make important contributions in wider societal contexts in relation to contemporary challenges in built environments.

Bio(s)

Fredrik Nilsson, architect SAR/MSA, PhD, Professor of Architectural Theory at Chalmers University of Technology, and Partner and Head of Research and Development at White Arkitekter AB. He was senior professor at Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Brussels, during 2007-2009, and has taught and lectured at several schools for architecture and design in the Nordic countries.

His research has mainly been directed to contemporary architecture, architectural theory and the relation to philosophy. Concerned with issues on how knowledge is generated and used within architectural work, his research has focused on architectural knowledge, design theory and theory of science in relation to architectural research and practice as well as the implications of technology for the interaction between conceptual thinking, practical design work and production of architecture.

Nilsson is board member of OCEAN Design Research Association, board member of ResArc – The Swedish Research School in Architecture, board member of Bygginnovationen (The Swedish Building Innovation), and on the editorial board of Nordic Journal of Architecture. Previously he has among other things been member of the committee for Artistic research and development for the Swedish Research Council, member of the board for Swedish Construction Sector Innovation Centre, member of the Research Committee for Swedish Centre for Innovation and Quality in the Built Environment, and on the board for the Nordic Association of Architectural Research. Fredrik is author and editor of several books and frequently publishes articles, architectural criticism and reviews of books.

Output

  2013 (2)
Making, Thinking, Knowing Architecture. Notes on Architecture as a Making Discipline and Material Practice [Elektronisk resurs]. Nilsson, F. In When Architects and Designers Write / Draw / Build / ? Essays on Architecture and Design Research, volume s. 126-147. When Architects and Designers Write / Draw / Build / ? Essays on Architecture and Design Research, 2013.
Making, Thinking, Knowing Architecture. Notes on Architecture as a Making Discipline and Material Practice [Elektronisk resurs] [pdf]Paper   bibtex   buy   7 downloads
Knowledge in the Making. On Production and Communication of Knowledge in the Material Practices of Architecture [Elektronisk resurs]. Nilsson, F. In FORMakademisk, volume 6:2. FORMakademisk, 2013.
Knowledge in the Making. On Production and Communication of Knowledge in the Material Practices of Architecture [Elektronisk resurs] [pdf]Paper   bibtex   abstract   buy   5 downloads


As part of both the development of the environment and as a means to communicate our activities some of the lectures and seminars arranged are available online. Visit our Youtube-channel here.