The crafts, according to standard narration, have been in decline in Western societies since the weakening of guilds, the freedom of trade guaranteed by the French and American Revolution, and the rollout of industrialization during the nineteenth century. Conversely, their endangered position in industrialized urban capitalism has transformed craft also into a site of resistance. With the digital update of the twenty-first century, Dialectic VI asks for the critical potential of a discussion (re-introduction?) of the concept of craft into the maelstrom of contemporary spatial practice and current architectural thinking. Ten position pieces by international architects, activists, theoreticians, and makers approach the issue of “craft” from dialectical perspectives. This is the debate about the current challenges and opportunities of the material, social, cultural, and aesthetic interrelationships of craft in architecture.
Shundana Yusaf, editor, is an assistant professor of Architectural History and Theory at the University of Utah. Her research juxtaposes colonial/postcolonial history with media studies, framing each as a force of globalization. She is the author of Broadcasting Buildings: Architecture on the Wireless, 1927-1945 (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014). Her second book-length digital humanities project for the Society of Architectural Historians, is entitled Archipedia Utah (Charlottesville: Virginia University Press, 2016-2017). Her current book, supported by Fulbright, The Resonant Tomb in the Muslim World, 1250 CE to Present, studies the auditory landscapes of the Sufi shrines in Central and South Asia.
Ole W. Fischer, editor, is an architect, theoretician, historian, and curator working on 20th and 21th century modern and contemporary and serves as an associate professor at the University of Utah. He lectured and published internationally on the history, theory, and criticism of architecture, amongst others in Archithese, Werk, JSAH, MIT Thresholds, Archplus, AnArchitektur, GAM, Umeni, Beyond, West 86th, Framework, and log. He co-edited Precisions – Architecture between Sciences and the Arts (Berlin 2008), the catalogue Sehnsucht – The Book of Architectural Longings (Vienna 2010). He is the author of Nietzsches Schatten (Berlin 2012).
All Credited Contributors:
Mira (Mimi) Locher
Richard Woditsch, Mark Kammerbauer
Joshua Bard, Francesca Torello
Ashish Mohite, Mariia Kochneva, Toni Kotnik
|Dimensions||12 × 9 × 2 in|
Publication date pending
8.5" x 11" portrait