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New Horizons for Sustainable Architecture

Hydro-Logical Design for the Ecologically Responsive City

Brook Muller

sure, designers now add water and contend with the multiple water crises that cities now face. This article examines an approach to architecture that enlists the hard systems and surfaces of the city, those very elements that typically contribute to

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Paco Roca’s Graphic Novel La Casa (2015) as Architectural Elegy

Benjamin Fraser

’s specific rooms, spaces and dimensions. Their collaboration on an architectural addition to the house takes centre stage as the graphic novel reaches its final pages. Antonio had always hoped to build a pérgola toscana [a projecting roof in the Tuscan

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Contours of an urban architectural anthropology

Built environment, climate control and socio‐material practices in winter in Chongqing (south‐west China)

Madlen Kobi

The materiality of and daily life in urban high‐rise buildings has barely been researched, especially when compared to the rich anthropological and architectural studies that exist on rural architecture. This article engages with indoor climate control in an urbanising environment. It considers urban architecture as a social field characterised by the interaction of diverse actors such as architects, policymakers, investors and residents. Based on ethnographic data from subtropical Chongqing (China) in winter, the broader aim is to outline an urban architectural anthropology that approaches the house from a holistic perspective with regard to its materiality, namely by considering both its structure and interior architecture, all embedded in the larger political and economic context. With regard to thermal comfort, architects often focus on the qualities of the material structure of a building for indoor climate control, while social science approaches tend solely to consider the objects and practices inside those structures. In following a practice–arrangement nexus approach as put forward by Schatzki (2010), I propose to think the two levels as interrelated. Ethnography‐based research thus contributes significantly to grasping how people react to buildings and make themselves comfortable in social, socio‐material and thermal terms.

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Analysing the Spread of Islam in Western Kazakhstan through Architectural Monuments

Rakhym Beknazarov

This article addresses one of many complex questions concerning the spread of Islam in the territory of Kazakhstan, in particular the northern Aral region. Based on fieldwork, the author analyses architectural monuments, such as Gappar's grave, Baspaq cemetery and Matygul's grave, which represent Islam in the allusive functions of a mosque and funeral chamber. On the basis of a comparative analysis of monuments from the Middle Ages, such as Abat-Baytak, with the monumental constructions over graves in Kazakhstan, it is concluded that the Sufism trend of Islam prevailed in this region.

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Architectural Pilgrimage

Joshua Nash

Architectural pilgrimage is implicitly appreciated in architecture and design circles, especially by students who are encouraged to “travel to architecture,” with the focus on the Grand Tour as a means of architectural exploration. However, the expression has not been made explicit in the fields of architectural history, pilgrimage studies, tourism research, and mobility studies. I explore how pilgrimage to locations of modern architectural interest affects and informs pilgrims' and architects' conceptions of buildings and the pilgrimage journey itself. Drawing initially on a European architectural pilgrimage, the personal narrative highlights the importance of self-reflection and introspection when observing the built environment and the role of language in mediating processes of movement through and creation of architectural place-space.

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A Generative Theory of Anticipation

Mood, Intuition and Imagination in Architectural Practice

Christopher Stephan

experiential modes (such as mood and intuition) operate as antecedents to more explicit ones (such as imagination). Turning to apply these ideas to ethnographic materials from my fieldwork among architectural design teams in San Francisco, I examine how what

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Fake buildings and gray development in Nairobi

Constance Smith

these global city dreams and the everyday lives of ordinary Nairobians is materialized. This article reflects on this drastic landscape of architectural failure, tracing how collapse is situated within larger processes of urban transformation

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Revisiting Sigmund Freud's Diagrams of the Mind

Ro Spankie

architecture’ (the empty study and consulting room) in Vienna, while the ‘interior arrangement’ (consisting of the furniture and fittings) is in London. I am an architect by training, and my research concerns the role of the drawing in the design process, in

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Imitations of Buddhist Statecraft

The Patronage of Lao Buddhism and the Reconstruction of Relic Shrines and Temples in Colonial French Indochina

Patrice Ladwig

domains of architecture and religion. Cambodia and Laos were subject to quite similar colonial politics rooted, for example, in the fact that both had Theravāda Buddhist kingship and statecraft as forms of indigenous political organization. For French

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Marxist morphologies

A materialist critique of brute materialities, flat infrastructures, fuzzy property, and complexified cities

Michał Murawski

complexity of social life is “irreducible.” 1 Ideas about social “flatness” and “complexity” are expressed with particular clarity and consistency in anthropological scholarship on cities, architecture, and material infrastructure. In the reigning mind