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PRESENTERS

FABRICATING TRUTH

 

 

 

PALLAVI SWARANJALI, Carleton University

 

Forging Architecture: The Contronymic Nature of Architectural Creation in the work of

 

Indian Ar. B.V.Doshi

 

 

 

 

STEVEN BEITES, Laurentian University

 

Context Through Awareness

 

 

 

 

KATIE GRAHAM, Carleton University

 

Architectural Storytelling in Virtual Reality: How VR Can Expand on Architectural Perception

 

 

 

 

TED LANDRUM, University of Manitoba

 

Poetry as Research: Fabricating Architectural Truth

 

 

Truth is neither self-evident nor an impenetrable enigma; rather, as a work of fabrication, it lies somewhere in-between. The same is true of architectural truth.

 

Never simply a factual thing independent of the vagaries of meaning and experience, truth in architecture is a collective fabrication, open to continual interpretation.

 

 

In this presentation I will read selections from my new book Midway Radicals & Archi-Poems (Signature Editions, 2017), and reflect on poetry as a mode of

 

research. The symposium theme presents an opportunity to contextualize this work of heuristic fabrication in relation to questions of truth in architecture,

 

philosophy and poetry. Sources framing the discussion will include: Adrian Forty’s chapter on “Truth” in Words and Buildings: a Vocabulary of Modern Architecture;

 

Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats; Robert Duncan’s Fictive Certainties; Hans Georg Gadamer’s Truth and Method; Oscar Wilde’s essay “The Decay of Lying”; and

 

other sources foundational to what I call archi-poetry.

 

 

Etymologically, “poetry” (poiesis) simply means making. Paradoxically, however, true making requires fabricated truths characteristic of fiction and artifice. For

 

Aristotle, poetry is a moving event mimetic of human praxis (practice, or action). Although poetry has come to name verbal arts, its original scope included the

 

making of anything humanly useful or desired, including stories but also practical and symbolic artifacts. In our culture of ever-increasing specialization, it requires

 

a willing suspension of disbelief to translate this synthetic understanding of poetry to “practices” of architecture, place-making and community-building. If we

 

accept that truth is a construct, is it correct to suggest that buildings, cities and towns are works of artifice? These questions are perhaps unanswerable in prose; it

 

is the task of poetry to make universal questions perceptible through compact but meaningful fabrication.

 

 

FABRICATING IN SITU

 

 

 

SCOTT GERALD SHALL, Lawrence Technological University

 

Borrowed Intelligence: Leveraging Industrial Fabrication To Evolve Building Production

 

 

 

 

NAHID AHMADI, Carleton University

 

Asphalt Deserts: Rethinking the Architecture of Surface Parking Lots

 

 

 

 

DIETMAR STRAUB, University of Manitoba

 

A Beautiful Waste of Time: Operating a Snow Academy

 

 

 

 

JENNIFER SMITH, Auburn University

 

INCREMENTAL: Resilience through Disaster-Relief Housing

 

 

 

 

BRYAN HE, University of Manitoba

 

Making of the Hakka Vernacular

 

 

 

SOCIAL FABRICS

 

 

 

VALENTINA DAVILA, McGill University

 

Down the Back Stairs: Servants’ Spaces in Montreal’s Square Mile

 

 

 

 

LAWRENCE BIRD, Winnipeg

 

Dominion

 

 

 

 

ELLEN GRIMES, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 

History's Future Fabrics: New Models for Historic Ecologies

 

 

 

 

NIKOLE BOUCHARD, University of Wisconsin

 

(H)our House

 

 

 

 

RYAN STEC, Carleton University

 

Making Public Space: Examining Walter Lippmann & John Dewey’s pragmatism as a

 

constructive expansion to the spatial theory of public space

 

MEDIATING FABRICS

 

 

LANCELOT COAR, University of Manitoba

 

Lignes d’erre: Tracing the History and Future of Force Flow in Structures

 

 

 

 

FEDERICO GARCIA LAMMERS & JESSICA GARCIA FRITZ, South Dakota State University

 

Master Building Complex Forms in the Absence of Graphics

 

 

 

 

JOE KALTURNYK, Winnipeg

 

The Temporary and the Intermediate: Strategies for a Better Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo: Landon Lucyk [M2 Architecture]

The 2018 Atmosphere Symposium is co-chaired by: Lisa Landrum and Liane Veness with the support of the Faculty's Cultural Events Committee and the Centre for Architectural Structure and Technology (C.A.S.T.); web design and graphics support by Tali Budman (ED4 Architecture student), and administrative support from Brandy O’Reilly (Faculty of Architecture, Partners Program).

 

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