Life is more than architecture, and simultaneously the basis and essence of architecture. How can architectural drawings serve to explore people’s actual uses, needs, and desires, while also give shape to individualized ways of life in today’s globalized society? A discussion on the occasion of the release of ARCH+ 238 Architekturethnografie with guest editors Andreas Kalpakci, Momoyo Kaijima, Laurent Stalder, ARCH+ editor-in-chief Anh-Linh Ngo, authors Lesley McFadyen, Ákos Moravánszky, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, and respondent Eva Prats.
Andreas Kalpakci is a scientific assistant at ETH Zurich. His work investigates the relations between 20th century architecture and the field of international organizations from an institutional perspective. He completed with distinction (ETH Medal) a dissertation funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation at ETH Zurich, and titled “Making CIAM: The Organizational Techniques of the Moderns, 1928–1959.” He is currently editing it into a forthcoming book (gta Verlag).
Momoyo Kaijima co-founded Atelier Bow-Wow with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto in 1992. She was associate professor at the Art and Design School of the University of Tsukuba, and is professor of Architectural Behaviorology at ETH Zurich since 2017. Publications by Atelier Bow-Wow include Pet Architecture Guidebook (2001), Made in Tokyo (2001), Graphic Anatomy (2007), Behaviorology (2010) and Commonalities (2014).
Laurent Stalder is professor for architectural theory at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) of the Department of Architecture of the ETH Zurich. In 2009 he was a visiting scholar at the MIT, and in 2009 a visiting professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The main focus of his research and publications is the history and theory of architecture from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries where it intersects with the history of technology. His main publications include Hermann Muthesius 1861–1927: Das Landhaus als kulturgeschichtlicher Entwurf (2008), Schwellenatlas (2009), Fritz Haller: Architekt und Forscher (2015), Architecture/Machine (2017), Architectural Ethnography (2018).
Lesley McFadyen is a senior lecturer in archaeology at Birkbeck University, London. She works across chronology and geography, and engages with evidence for the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age, particularly in Britain, France and Portugal. Key to this is understanding architecture in prehistory. Themes that she explores are thinking-through-drawing and drawing lines and time.
Ákos Moravánszky is visiting professor at the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona since 2017. He was editor-in-chief of the magazine of the Hungarian Union of Architects, Magyar Épitömüvészet (1983–86), research fellow at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich (1986–89), research associate at the Getty Center for History of Art and the Humanities in Santa Monica, California (1989–91), visiting professor at the MIT (1991–96), and titular professor of the Theory of Architecture at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) of ETH Zurich (1996–2016).
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto co-founded Atelier Bow-Wow with Momoyo Kaijima in 1992. He is professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and was visiting professor at various international universities, including Harvard GSD, UCLA, TU Delft and GSAPP Columbia University. Publications by Atelier Bow-Wow include Pet Architecture Guidebook (2001), Made in Tokyo (2001), Graphic Anatomy (2007), Behaviorology (2010) and Commonalities (2014).
Eva Prats co-founded the office Flores & Prats Arquitectes in Barcelona in 1998. In 2019, she received her PhD in Architecture from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) with the thesis To observe with the client, to draw with the existing. Three cases of architecture dealing with the As-Found. In Barcelona, Eva Prats has taught as a Professor at the ETSAB (1998-–2012) as well as at the School of Architecture of the Universitat International (2009–12). She has been teaching as a professor of urban design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology since 2015. She is a guest lecturer at ETH Zurich since 2019.
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