Tuesday, November 08, 2005

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4. Production in the discipline of architecture can be defined by recurring methods and techniques. What new methodologies become necessary in light of perimeter thinking? How do established modes of production get reorganized?

Methods are one thing; methodologies are another. Architects have remained shy to the latter ever since the 1970s. Lately they have at least been borrowing methods, however, mostly from related design disciplines (e.g. information sciences, geodata, web design) that are better geared toward identifying new design subject matters.

5. How do you view the architect's role in the perimeter? As society becomes aware of the growing condition of the perimeter, do you see the architect - as - navigator within this system?

Again, our studios are directed just to doing projects in the perimeter, not understanding the perimeter. Nevertheless some projects may show some people--although I think it is unwise to refer to society in the singular--somehting about how oddly they live. For example my studio is about public education. The outreach director of the Great Lakes Environmental Research Labs just told us yesterday never to undersestimate the level of environmental ignorance out there. Especially in the perimeter.

6. In its current state, how far do you see the perimeter expanding? Is the perimeter necessarily a fleeting, transitory condition? Or is it possible to locate the edges of a perimeter condition, its beginning and end? How do you see it ending?

Yow. You make it sound like a tsunami...

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