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Haecceity Papers

Volume 4 Issue 2: Home and Space
Spring 2009

In an increasingly globalized, mobile and interconnected world, how can the concept of 'home' and the related notions of 'homeliness', 'identity' and 'belonging' be conceived, argued for and articulated? How might the concept of 'domesticity' be experienced and expressed spatially and argued for theoretically, in creating an inhabitation of what might be conceived of as 'homely' and familiar? In light of the myriad political, economic and social changes of recent decades, might it be that the concept of 'home' as it relates to the notions of 'identity' and 'belonging' has been cut loose from its traditional moorings, sent adrift, transmorphed, and requires re-examination as a result of the ever-increasing migrations of people, information, concomitant cultural residue, social habits and goods?

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Daniel Pavlovits Introduction: Questions Concerning Home and Space Full text
Barbara Penner '...the whole house shook': At Home in the Modern World
Jeff Malpas and Linn Miller Home and the Place of Memory
Ida Wentzel Winther 'The Home' and 'To home oneself'
Lilian Chee Performing Domesticity: Ma Qingyun's Father's House
Julieanna Preston GUTTER WORKS: writing a public demonstration
Sophie Handler A Working Pattern (for Autonomous Construction)
Daniel Pavlovits Postscript to Haecceity Papers

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Past Issues: Volume 4 Issue 1: Psychoanalysis and Space
Fall 2008


Architecture addresses social structures which are a product of subjective structure; while a "common-sense", psychological interpretation might be that social structures are necessary to keep individual instincts under control, a more psychoanalytical consideration suggests that in fact social institutions and structures are created by the structure of the subject. Hence, for example, rather than the judicial system being in place to help us keep our violent urges under control, it is a product of obsessional structure and creates the illusion that all of us are animalistic creatures who would lose control were it not for the system.

The Western subject seems to have a need for an historical view, a plot-line as it were, a notion of the subject as having been caused. A perspective makes things bearable - we need to have a comfortable sense of inside versus outside. Yet, as we know from psychoanalysis, it is not that simple. We are divided, not complete, subjects and certainly not subjects with an inside and an outside. Perhaps good architecture should remind us of this, but gently, not without an element of surprise or even a degree of uncanniness, and when we are ready for it - like a good analyst. The essays collected in this volume explore the issue of psychoanalysis and architecture from varying and differing angles, attempting to shed light on the relation of the unconscious to the built environment, and vice-a-versa.

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Aisling Campbell Introduction Full text
Timothy D. Martin Donald Judd - Architecture and Space
John H. Abell Architectural Space-Form-Empathy Shadows the Unconscious
Sharon Kivland An Agent of the Estate
Faye Carey 'Derealization' or Parthenogenisis of the Parthenon
Lorens Holm Architecture, Figure, Death

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Volume 3 Issue 2: Philippe Morel Five Essays on Computational Design, Mathematics and Production
Spring 2008


This issue brings together five essays by Philippe Morel. The first (Notes on Algorithmic Design) relates to a collaborative design work and shows the nature of the exchanges to which it led. Two of them were written for magazines or revues (Notes on Computational Architecture, N Extensions to Extension of the Grid), two for public presentations ( A Few Precisions on Architecture & Mathematics, Some Geometries). There is of course an artificial side to bringing these essays together. However, each was the sign of an interest for common contemporary questions, the relevance of which no longer needs to be demonstrated, whether it be the use of mathematics and of the algorithmic in architectural design or the implications of these same disciplines in production in the wider sense. [From the Introduction by Philippe Morel]

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Introduction Full text
Notes on Algorithmic Design: a conversation with Maryvonne Teissier, mathematician
Notes on Computational Architecture: On Optimization
A Few Precisions on Architecture & Mathematics: Remarks on the Precision Concept
N extensions to "Extension of the Grid": The Linguistic Turn of Contemporary Production
Some Geometries: Polymorphic Geometries and Formal Language Games
Philippe Morel - Bibliographic Summary

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Volume 3 Issue 1: Pattern
Fall 2007


Pattern took place as part of Architecture & in October 2006, initiated and organized by Ana Araujo, the lead guest editor of this issue of Haecceity Papers. Araujo teaches at the Bartlett School of Architecture and is currently completing her doctorate on pattern, hysteria and architecture as part of the PhD by Architectural Design. Araujo's introduction sets out a conceptual framing for understanding the interdisciplinary nature of pattern, drawing connections and making distinctions between the eight essays included here. [From the Foreword by Dr Jane Rendell]

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Dr Jane Rendell Foreword: Architecture & Full text
Ana Araujo Introduction - A Pattern Constellation Full text
Ana Araujo Orna(mental): Thoughts on the Relationship between Pattern and Hysteria
Lilian Chee A Web in the Garden
Judith Clark Trajectories: Routes and Returns
Jane Graves On Seeing through Pattern: Glass and the Lacanian Gaze
Sophie Handler A Working Pattern (for Autonomous Construction)
Jonathan Hill Weather Patterns: Turner and the Big Smoke
Lucy Leonard Archive Fever in Patterns of Domestic Order
Jane Rendell Chinese Whispers: Doing it, (Un)Doing it, (Over)Doing it

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Volume 2 Issue 2: AVATAR - Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research
Spring 2007


AVATAR is fundamentally interested in research concerning the impact of advanced technology on architectural design, however it also contributes to discussion on issues such as aesthetics, philosophy and cybernetics. This guest-edited edition of Haecceity Papers showcases some of the original approaches to architecture that AVATAR has fostered in recent years. ...[From editor's introduction - more]

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Neil Spiller Introduction: AVATAR - Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research Full text
Nic Clear Notes on Drawing Drawings
Michael Wihart Requiem for a Lost Organ Remote Prosthetics, Impressions of transient proximities
Ben Sweeting Deciding an Undecidable Architecture
Sacha Leong The invisible factory
Lenastina Andersson An epistemological arrangement Constructing Objects and their stories
Christian Kerrigan Growing a Hidden Architecture

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Haecceity Papers
Volume 2 Issue 1: Antipodes / Measuring the World
Fall 2006


The texts and projects developed in the Antipodes / Measuring the World workshops and documented here all challenge, in different ways, the cartographic conventions of mapping as a static and codified form of representation, to propose a reconsideration of mapping as dynamic process. The research proposes a wider redefinition of 'mapping' as an active process of making space that employs and goes beyond cartography, and is in itself already a 'project'. It suggests that it is necessary to look away from the specifics of architecture, and focus on mapping as a process, in order to better understand the possible implications of mapping in architecture. ...[From editor's introduction - more]

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Teresa Stoppani Introduction: Measuring the World Full text
Daniella Coronel Saavedra Lost in Time
Adel Fahmy Maps Maps Maps
Sergio Figueiredo & George Kamberidis Portugal 212
Vasileios Kiousis Interlocking Anti-podes
Matt Bridgestock Nomadic Routes
Ersi Krouska Minimal Technographies
Wendy D'Sa The Emotive Globe
Eleni Soussoni Domestic Antipodes
Marcus Sorensen Dear Visitor to 28'N
Andy Walls Atlas of Stories
Hisham Gabr & Omar Fawzy Outside Looking In
Lieven De Boeck & Jurgen Van Der Donckt Line of (desert)ion

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Haecceity Papers
Volume 1 Issue 2: What Now Architecture?
Spring 2006


With the recent deaths of first Jacques Derrida, and then Philip Johnson two figures who in different ways and with differing legacies influenced the course of architectural speculation during their respective careers in our time we wish to ferment a speculation on the present and future direction of architectural consciousness and subjectivity as it bears on critical and creative practice today, in light of their deaths, and in light of the varying stances of criticality in architecture today. ...[From editor's introduction - more]

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Daniel Pavlovits Introduction: "What Now Architecture?" Full text
Tahl Kaminer Architectural autonomy: from conception to disillusion Abstract
Teresa Stoppani Voyaging in Piranesi's space: a contemporary re-reading of the beginnings of modernity. Abstract
Georges Teyssot Unfolding the twin-ness of the between Abstract
Alexis Meier Architectural deconstruction, what we learned. Abstract

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Haecceity Papers
Volume 1 Issue 1: The End of Theory?
Fall 2005


The first issue of Haecceity Papers seeks to engage architectural theory in a political speculation of itself, and by doing so ferment a political address to architecture, one that not only addresses architectural writing as referred to by the term architectural theory, but also address in its wake experimental architectural practice and thought, even education. To ask the question The End of Theory? is an invitation to politics; to answer it is a political act - it is such acts of politics that Haecceity Inc. hopes to set in motion, and in which spirit the first issue of its journal is collated. ...[From editor's introduction - more]

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Daniel Pavlovits Introduction: "The End of Theory?" Full text
Johannes Knesl Begin again. Let it. Abstract
Christian Girard Weaponry-Theory Architecture Theory in an Age of Capitalist Warlords. Abstract
Jean-Pierre Vallier The End of Theory? Abstract
Philippe Morel Embedded Positivism (or Everything is Theoretical). Abstract

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