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18 | 2021 – Entanglements of Architecture and Comfort beyond the Temperate Zone

Architecture beyond Europe - Journal le 26/03/2021 à 01:00:00 - Favoriser ||  (Lu/Non lu)

Coolangatta (South Queensland) for your winter holidays

When we put out our call for papers on Entanglements of Architecture and Comfort beyond the Temperate Zone at the end of 2018, we were not expecting such a response as to require a double issue. Yet clearly this is an issue that a wide range of scholars are working on at the moment.

Many of the papers look at how seemingly peripheral visions of comfort from the Global South were not so peripheral at all, investigating the power dynamics and changing cultural expectations around being at ease in an environment. In addition, we note the current interest in Australia into how Architecture and Comfort have been historically entangled and the importance of scholarship in history of medicine for current research.


17 | 2020 – Entanglements of Architecture and Comfort beyond the Temperate Zone

Architecture beyond Europe - Journal le 02/09/2020 à 02:00:00 - Favoriser ||  (Lu/Non lu)

A nineteenth-century representation of the earth that shows the prevailing geographical-determinist view that conflated racial distribution and industrial development with climatic variation

This thematic section of ABE Journal explores the wide-ranging socio-environmental implications of comfort for architectural history. The contributions over this and the next issue complicate and expand upon our understanding of comfort. Each essay unpacks how comfort was situated and assembled in the built environment of different temporalities and geographies, beyond the taken-for-granted immediacy of the present and the discursive familiarity of temperate European and North American contexts.

Drawing from the cognate fields of scholarship in, among others, Science and Technology Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Sociology of Practice, the contributions show how, during the past two centuries, comfort and the built environment were historically entangled with (settler) colonialism and decolonization, and the various (dis)enchantments of modernities and modernization in Asia, Australia, Latin America, and West Africa. By understanding comfort in relation to these cross-cultural and cross-climatic encounters, these contributions have far-reaching implications for comprehending our shifting and situated relationships with not just built environmental transformations but also planetary climate change.


16 | 2019 – On Margins: Feminist Architectural Histories of Migration

Architecture beyond Europe - Journal le 31/12/2019 à 01:00:00 - Favoriser ||  (Lu/Non lu)

“A Future Architect?” pencil on paper drawing by S.M. Pithawalla, and “Women Should Not Become Architects!” remarks by G.B. Kahirasagar to the Sir J.J. College of Art School of Architecture Literary and Debating Society.

“On Margins: Feminist Architectural Histories of Migration,” builds on the following two premises: that the dynamic of a situated and re-situated perspective is foundational to feminist histories of architecture, and that feminist historiographical approaches destabilize presumptions of fixity that have propelled the writing of architectural histories. Through histories of architectures that emerged from individual or collective acts and experiences of migration, the texts in this collection investigate migration and confinement as drivers for modern architecture and its histories, focusing on works by professionally qualified women architects as well as uncredited makers of the built environment. These architectures of migration bring into view margins—whether architectural, structural, cultural, (geo)political, environmental, or economic. This themed section, as one intervention in the broader “Feminist Architectural Histories of Migration” collection sited in multiple journals, posits expanded historiographies that emerge from intersections of architecture, migration, and margins. These offer possibilities to restore absences and silences in the historical record and open onto new theorizations and perspectives situated around the world.


14-15 | 2019 – Building the Scottish Diaspora

Architecture beyond Europe - Journal le 28/07/2019 à 02:00:00 - Favoriser ||  (Lu/Non lu)

Dalness, Evandale, Tasmania, built c.1839. Photograph by Sir Ralph Wishaw, 1966

This thematic section of ABE Journal considers the contribution of Scotland and “Scottishness” to the built environment in the wider British empire from the late eighteenth through to the early twentieth century. It focuses in particular on how a better understanding of Scottish diasporic networks (familial, professional, entrepreneurial, religious, educational etc.), and their material presences through cultures of architecture and building, complicates how we interpret or indeed label such architecture as “British”. The underlying contention is that while the terms “Britain” and “British” have their uses, they are often employed in rather crude if not confounded ways with respect to the built environment, thus failing to acknowledge its many complexities and contradictions. These concerns are set here in the context of recent developments in cognate fields of scholarship, including Four Nations and New British history, which have made significant strides in disaggregating and problematizing the idea of Britishness in relation to empire over the past two decades. Scottish agency emerges in these papers as both an identifiable and influential factor in the construction of the colonial built environment.


13 | 2018 – Fabriques de la tradition

Architecture beyond Europe - Journal le 15/10/2018 à 02:00:00 - Favoriser ||  (Lu/Non lu)

Kazakh TV Complex, Almaty. Architects: A. Korzhempo, M. Ezau, V. Panin, 1983

Dans le sillage de la révolution industrielle à la fin du XVIIIe siècle et des bouleversements induits par la circulation accélérée des biens et des hommes qui en résultent, les villes d'Europe et des empires coloniaux connaissent un profond renouvellement urbain. Destructions et patrimonialisation vont de pair. Ces transformations urbaines s'accompagnent donc d'un important mouvement pour l'étude, la documentation et la protection d'un patrimoine menacé par cette modernisation à marche forcée. Un nouveau rapport à la tradition émerge, donnant naissance à de véritables identités culturelles.

Dans ce numéro thématique d’ABE Journal, les différentes contributions explorent la question de la « fabrique de la tradition » dans le monde post-colonial du point de vue de l'architecture et de son décor. Situés dans les limites dans l'ancien monde musulman, les cas étudiés ici, de l'Algérie coloniale à l'Asie centrale tardo-soviétique, semblent tous révéler la même tension à l'œuvre présidant à la naissance à des styles « néo-islamiques », devenus depuis de puissants marqueurs identitaires.


12 | 2017 – The space of diplomacy

Architecture beyond Europe - Journal le 26/12/2017 à 01:00:00 - Favoriser ||  (Lu/Non lu)

Kabul : view of the Italian ambassador's residence

This thematic section of ABE features contributions on the role and meanings of embassies and other structures designed for diplomacy, in urban fabrics situated east and south of the Mediterranean.

Albeit inherently representative objects, embassies are seldom considered as architectural signifiers, or as parts of the cultural landscape of a city. Starting from Addis Abeba and moving on to Ankara, Kabul and Beijing, the four papers of the section show that while the architecture of diplomacy displaces a fragment of the nation beyond its territorial borders, this movement is never limited to the transfer of technologies and architectural styles. The making of diplomatic landmarks can be assessed as a dialogic process of space production, entailing negotiation and domestication in the foreign context, appropriation and reworking of local symbolic and material resources, interaction with the surrounding social and physical landscape.


11 | 2017 – Paradoxical Southeast Asia

Architecture beyond Europe - Journal le 11/01/2017 à 01:00:00 - Favoriser ||  (Lu/Non lu)

Paradoxical Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia, a space characterized by intense regional and global traffic networks since the sixteenth century, the architectural landscape is often seen as a palimpsest of styles. The hybrid and syncretic nature of Southeast Asian architectural forms is seen as the result of the successive waves of contacts that marked the history of this part of the world called by some the Asian Mediterranean (F. Gipoloux). In this genealogy of architectural types, the colonial moment has been often considered a rupture that introduced radically new forms in vernacular architecture. Following this logic, the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century are considered as moments of further intensification of this architectural acculturation. The adoption of the international style in the megacities of the "Asian tigers," nerve centers of the global economy, is symbolic of an urban development superficially tuned to the "global" rather than the local.
By equating the evolution of architectural forms in Southeast Asia to a transfer, mainly from West to East, this approach evades the complexity of the formation of the architectural landscape of Southeast Asia. This issue of ABEproposes to focus on the development of "syncretic" architectures of Southeast Asia by precisely tracing the circulation of techniques and architectural forms through a contextual approach. Local, regional, global have not followed each other sequentially - such a model presupposes the existence of a local, "original," culture. Instead, these three levels of traffic have coexisted in the past. Far from simple sedimentary layers laid down over time, the production of Southeast Asian architecture has been multiscalar, rhizomic and a longue durée 
phenomenon. For this reason, the concept of "returns" is a particularly useful one for analyzing both "colonial" and "traditional" motifs that appear in contemporary architecture.
When rethinking the local and the global in Southeast Asian architecture, we must move beyond the binary oppositions between the vernacular and the foreign, the colonial and the post-colonial, and the modern and the traditional, while still exploring how actors used such categories dynamically. Only in this way can we explain the coexistence of such seemingly contradictory categories.


9-10 | 2016 – Dynamic Vernacular

Architecture beyond Europe - Journal le 12/07/2016 à 02:00:00 - Favoriser ||  (Lu/Non lu)

Richard Hughes, Krapf-Rebmann Memorial Church, Kilifi, Kenya (c. 1956)

This issue takes as its subject the relationship between modernism and vernacular architecture in the colonial and postcolonial world.  It explores this relationship as a dynamic between modernism and the vernacular, rather than in the more familiar and uni-directional form of modernism’s appropriation of vernacular forms. That this coming together had as much consequence for the vernacular side of the equation as it did for the modernist side, is often recognised but rarely researched. It also explores situations where modernism’s affiliating strategy with vernacular architecture coexisted with policies supporting dispossession and social re-structuring, putting the very existence of the vernacular at risk.


8 | 2015 – Revêtements céramiques

Architecture beyond Europe - Journal le 17/09/2015 à 02:00:00 - Favoriser ||  (Lu/Non lu)

Edificio en la calle Alférez Sanz, n.º 2, Melilla, Francisco Hernanz (arquitecto), 1935.

Le champ des arts appliqués, dont l'étude est en plein essor, est un domaine très vaste qui peut être considéré dans son entier, les différents arts appliqués concourant à l'oeuvre d'art totale que deviennent parfois les intérieurs, mais aussi approchés selon les différents métiers. Ce numéro entend mettre en lumière l'étude du carreau céramique et du carreau ciment, comme revêtement de sol et de mur. Les travaux pionniers de Robert Saliba, Beyrouth architecturesAux sources de la modernité 1920-1940, et de Sophie Skaf, 20x20, Beyrouth, Paris, Tunis, Barcelone, peuvent être considérés comme des points de départ concernant la diffusion internationale du carreau ciment d'origine européenne, tandis que le carreau céramique, quant à lui, relève de la grande tradition du décor islamique, fort abondamment étudié par les spécialistes des arts de l'Islam.


7 | 2015 – South America

Architecture beyond Europe - Journal le 01/07/2015 à 02:00:00 - Favoriser ||  (Lu/Non lu)

Rome, 1930—Manifesto of the first formation Atlantic flight

This section of ABE is devoted to new models of exploring transnational architectural practice, and collects papers given at the Conference "Crossing Boundaries: Rethinking European architecture beyond Europe", held in Palermo (Italy), on 13-16 April 2014. Although European architects have worked beyond Europe since the time of the Crusades, the attention of historians of modern architecture has focused upon either colonial architecture or the work of exiles from fascism. Most of this literature focuses on the movement of forms and theories, rather than on how people structure their own identity in relationship to experiences of other places and cultures. The papers of this section shift the center of the discussion from dissemination to interchange and from colonial Africa and Asia to postcolonial Latin America and to parts of Asia that were never colonized. It considers clients as active agents, rather than passive consumers of varied forms of modernism, and it encompasses modest as well as iconic structures.