Haecceity Papers Vol 3, Issue 1
Guest Editors Ana Araujo, Jane Rendell, Jonathan Hill
Architectural research in the UK is set within an educational and professional context, which prioritises the design of so-called 'buildable' buildings. Unlike history, which tends to be understood as a discipline whose role is to provide a contextual and non-threatening backdrop to design, theory is often understood in opposition to design, either as an abstract and therefore irrelevant activity or as a political and ideological set of operations which skew the natural progression of pragmatic design methodologies. However, it is also possible for theory to be productive and to generate imaginative designs that work as critiques of the economic, social and cultural systems within which architecture is enmeshed as well as the normative design procedures cherished by the profession.