the first pamphlet in the series focuses on the free market as a driver of redevelopment in the wake of urban trauma. drawing on the argumentation of critics within the fields of architecture and beyond, it begins to suggest the traceable signifies of shock capitalism within the built landscape, with reference to the case of higashimatsushima, japan; a city which suffered immensely in the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami. what is at stake when an economic system dictates what is built and where? what might be lost as architecture morphs into real estate?
this pamphlet presents an abstract and notes for a paper to be delivered at the international conference, art and politics in postwar japan in may 2016.
the postcrisis reconstruction agency challenges whether the political motive of the architect can instead be transmuted through architecture. what does it mean to set a framework, or political concept, into the city? how does one dynamic ecology address another? in other words, can there ever be a truly architectural concept?
the fourth, and final, pamphlet in this series aims to begin a discussion on the architecture of the banking institution and its role as conveyor, in three dimensional form, of the culture and ideology in which it resides. to date, studies on the bank tend to focus either on an analysis of functional arrangement, style, or the architect (himself). this pamphlet instead aims to start a conversation on the banking industry’s use of architectural devices; such as ornamentation and tectonics, to project an appeal to its desired clientele.
the postcrisis reconstruction agency has been developed through both written and visual architectural techniques working in parallel. it is an experiment in design method in that the text aims to unfold what the drawings cannot and vice versa.
the written element, captured here into four research clusters, explicates key threads running through the design process and has driven project development. it aims to further the discussion by gathering intricacies of case studies and insights from journalistic research method while siting project explorations within a constellation of contemporary theoretical discussion.
#01 field condition
archinomics in the age of risk
#02 urban idealism
rise of the metabolists
#03 untimely objects
#04 institutional rhetoric
bank as typology