How to be a good witness

The architecture curator

Authored by: Sam Spurr , David Burns

The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture, and Design

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138189232
eBook ISBN: 9781315623412
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315623412-6

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Abstract

This chapter examines the role of architectural curation to critically and creatively examine the built environment. As curatorial studies is both formalized and expanded across disciplines, we suggest that the curation of specifically spatial, urban, and architectural themes is worth closer examination. This observation is amplified by the recent proliferation of architecture and design biennales, as well as the global re-emergence of the architectural pavilion. The case study used in this chapter is a project developed to represent Australia at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, in which the conventions of curation were reshaped to create a performative, generative, and collective form of criticism.

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