Field Tactics: Techniques, Types and Effects from a Practice Operating within the Architectural Field by John Doyle

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Abstract

This research is a reflection on my body of work as it developed prior to and during my PhD. I am interested in the concept of the field as it is understood in architecture, as an operative tool of practice. I define a field broadly as an aggregate of elements, actual or virtual, that are without hierarchy and can be used to organise design.

This formulation has been tested through experimentation in design technique and process, architectural typology and formal models, and the observation of spatial and material effects in my work. Within this I have identified a series of specific traits which characterise my approach to practice. These include nesting, layering or situating design in abstract techniques and specific physical conditions; working through series and populations of objects; understanding architectural form as a performative or infrastructural tool; the pursuit of surplus or excess through an excess of objects and form, and through a spatial loose fit that enable opportunistic use .

From these observations I establish the idea of a field based approach to architectural practice in which the design proposition is understood as both contingent and itself generative. The research provides a strategy and value proposition for creative incompletion in architecture.

2018

Examiners: Prof Nigel Bertram, Prof Alan Pert Supervisors: Prof Vivian Mitsogianni, A/Prof Roland Snooks

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