Practical theorization in the digital era

Butragueño Díaz-Guerra, Belén and Raposo Grau, Javier Fco. and Salgado De La Rosa, Maria Asuncion (2018). Practical theorization in the digital era. In: "Critic-all International Conference on Architectural Design and Criticism (3. 2018. Madrid)", 26-27 abril, Madrid, España. pp. 46-55.

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Title: Practical theorization in the digital era
Author/s:
  • Butragueño Díaz-Guerra, Belén
  • Raposo Grau, Javier Fco.
  • Salgado De La Rosa, Maria Asuncion
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: Critic-all International Conference on Architectural Design and Criticism (3. 2018. Madrid)
Event Dates: 26-27 abril
Event Location: Madrid, España
Title of Book: Critic-all III International Conference on Architectural Design & Criticism: Digital Proceedings
Date: 2018
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: theorization; globalization; architectural practice; digital
Faculty: E.T.S. Arquitectura (UPM)
Department: Ideación Gráfica Arquitectónica
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Rem Koolhaas has declared in several occasions, that there have not been real manifests on architecture after “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture” (R. Venturi, 1966). He claims that the architectural theory has been abandoned by practitioners. In his opinion, theory has been cloistered in Architecture Schools, whereas Architectural Offices tend to stack practice. This disengagement of practicing architects versus scholarship profiles might be one of the biggest challenges regarding the process of collecting and classifying the current architectural production. Given the changing and unforeseeable nature of this field, it is almost impossible and usefulness trying to a create a still-photograph (an anthology) of a certain moment that, in no event, give a complete picture. We might research a way to proceed under these circumstances, resorting to digital mapping tools that can be automatically and constantly updated. Regarding the segregation among theory and practice, we find specially interesting the case of architects that not only use the theorization but also requires it in order to develop their architectural practice. That is the case of Rem Koolhaas, who retrieves the tradition of pragmatic theorizing, previously developed by great masters such as Le Corbusier. They both have had the ability to create the chronicle of their own story. At the end of his career, Le Corbusier was so conscious of his legacy that he registered everything he did and brought them to his Foundation. (El Croquis nº 134-135, 2007). Meanwhile, Rem Koolhaas explains that the main reason for creating the "think tank" AMO was to wean their intellectual concerns from the need to build, turning to purely speculative and theoretical experimenting lines. Somehow, they created their own tool to enable the coexistence and interaction of theory and practice. In those cases, the theorization is a tool to escape from the fleetingness of globalization.

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Item ID: 55137
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/55137/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:55137
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 12 Jun 2019 10:10
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 10:10
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