Constructing Knowledge - Das Wissen der Architektur : RWTH Aachen University, November 5-6, 2009 ; Conference Proceedings

Schindler, Susanne (Editor); Sowa, Axel (Editor); Wilson, Ariane (Editor)

Aachen : Publikationsserver d. RWTH Aachen University (2011)


The sixteen texts published in this volume are versions of papers or posters presented at the conference "Constructing Knowledge - Das Wissen der Architektur" held on November 5 and 6, 2009 at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. The conference was organized on the occasion of the launch of the peer-reviewed Candide. Journal for Architectural Knowledge, published by the RWTH’s Department for Architecture Theory. A key goal of the conference was to further the discussion around methods of knowledge production in architecture, both in the academy and in practice. To this end, the call for papers framed four questions: (1) What is architectural knowledge?; (2) Do we search for or do we generate architectural knowledge?; (3) Why should architects write when what they do best is design?; and (4) Architecture, fiction, and other stories. More than one hundred authors submitted abstracts. These were blindly reviewed by two peers each, and on the basis of these comments, we, the conference organizers, put together four panels, each addressing one of the four topics. In addition, a number of authors were invited to present their work in the form of a poster. A lively and sustained discussion between the audience, speakers, and moderators characterized the event. The diversity of the work discussed - from dissections of the structure of encyclopedias in architecture, to analyses of the architectural design process through sociological theory, to the reading of a poet’s work through the eyes of an architect­ - was both the conference’s strength as well as a reminder of the fact that the question of architectural knowledge merits closer and more detailed investigation in future conferences. A selection of papers presented at the conference were revised by their authors and have been published in Candide issues 2 (07/2010) and 3 (12/2010). All other authors of papers and posters were invited to submit their work for inclusion in proceedings and many did. We hope these contributions spur further debates within the vast site of explorations and questionings on architectural knowledge.