By Rachel Sara, Jonathan Mosley
Transgression indicates working past permitted norms and noticeably reinterpreting perform by means of pushing on the barriers of either what structure is, and what it might probably or perhaps may be. the present financial drawback and accompanying political/social unrest has exacerbated the trouble into which structure has lengthy been sliding: challenged via different professions and a tradition of conservatism, structure is at risk of wasting its prized prestige as one of many pre-eminent visible arts. Transgression opens up new chances for perform. It highlights the optimistic impression that engaged on the architectural outer edge could make at the mainstream, as transgressive practices have the capability to reinvent and reposition the architectural occupation: whether or not they are subverting notions of development; wondering roles and mechanisms of creation; aligning with political activism; pioneering city interventions; advocating casual or incomplete improvement; actively destabilising environments or breaking obstacles of flavor. during this new dispersed and multiplied box of operation, the stability of architectural endeavour is shifted from item to technique, from provider to hypothesis, and from formal to casual in a manner that offers either severe and political impetus to proactively impact change.
Contributors: Can Altay, Edward Denison and Guangyu Ren, Kim Dovey, Chris Jenks, David Littlefield, Silvia Loeffler, Alistair Parvin, Louis Rice, Patrik Schumacher and Robin Wilson
Featured architects: atelier d’architecture autogérée, Lina Bo Bardi, Construire/La desktop, EXYZT, Didier Faustino/Bureau des Mésarchitectures, Lacaton & Vassal, N55, Catie Newell/*Alibi Studio, Wang Shu, Superflex and Bernard Tschumi
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Bottom: One of the residential units in the Wa Shan Guesthouse showing the complex roof structure and walls of rammed earth. Text © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Images © Edward Denison, 2013 43 Robin Wilson Construire with La Machine, Le Channel, Scène Nationale de Calais, Calais, France, 2007 Detail of carved tulipwood ornament by La Machine on the reception facade. 44 NOT DOING/OVERDOING: ‘OMISSION’ AND ‘EXCESS’ Lacaton & Vassal’s Place Léon Aucoc, Bordeaux, and Construire’s Le Channel, Scène Nationale de Calais, Calais 45 Is there any allegiance between the formal and the transgressive?
Ibid, pp 75–6. 7. Ibid, p 71. 8. Ibid, p 78. 9. com/. Text © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Images: pp 32-5 © Bernard Tschumi; pp 36-7 © Iwan Baan 37 Wang Shu, Zhongshan Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, 2009 Two new structures by Wang Shu in the Zhongshan Road redevelopment in the historic district of Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province. TRANSGRESSION AND PROGRESS IN CHINA Edward Denison and Guangyu Ren 38 Wang Shu, Vertical Courtyard, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, 2006 An experimental project comprising six towers and accommodating 800 residents that attempts to reorder vertically the traditional Chinese courtyard house so that every unit has a double-height courtyard, giving residents of every apartment the impression of having a second ﬂoor.
1 Notes 1. Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, Lacaton & Vassal, 2G, No 21, Editorial Gustavo Gili (Barcelona) 2002, pp 30–1. 2. Iñaki Abalos, Lacaton & Vassal: Recent Work, 2G, No 60, Editorial Gustavo Gili (Barcelona), 2011, p 14. 3. Leonardo Di Costanzo, Lacaton & Vassal, Les Film d’Ici/Paris Première (Paris), 1999. 4. Ilka and Andreas Ruby, Lacaton & Vassal, 2G, No 21, Editorial Gustavo Gili (Barcelona), 2001, p 5. 5. See, for example, Fredric Jameson, ‘Progress Versus Utopia; or, Can We Imagine the Future’, in Brian Wallis (ed), Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation, The New Museum of Contemporary Art/Godine Publishers (New York), 1984, p 245.
The Architecture of Transgression AD by Rachel Sara, Jonathan Mosley