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Relational Architectural Ecologies
Relational Architectural Ecologies (forthcoming, Routledge, 2013). This edited book aims to extend architectural thinking about ecology beyond current sustainable and environmentally responsive architectural design literatures. It explores architectural ecologies through new interdisciplinary scholarship on ecology in architectural theory, the arts, humanities, social sciences, medicine and law. It therefore proposes a new theory of relational ecology for architecture through feminist and poststructuralist relational theories and practices; and examines how these ecologies are composed of material, social, physical, sexed and spatial cultures and relationships. Its contributors develop critical analyses of case-studies from the built environment (e.g. Kings Cross locale, UCH and Homerton Hospitals, North American supermarket chains, and La Chapelle, Paris) in 16 chapters, including two visual essays. Contributors are drawn from leading international practitioners and theorists in architectural design and theory, anthropology, critical theory, fine art, law, medicine, political science and philosophy, including: Braidotti, Code, Conley, Grosz and Petrescu. This is the first edited interdisciplinary collection of writing/visual critiques about architectural ecology literature for architectural researchers. It builds on single-authored work by Petrescu, Rendell, Wigglesworth. Its feminist acdemic contributors include the leading international figures in the field, e.g. Braidotti, 1994, 2006; Code, 2006; Conley, 2001, and; Grosz, 2001, 2005, 2008. It redirects earlier discussions from political science/philosophy towards an architectural focus, e.g. Warren, 1996; Merchant, 1999. The book is developed out of my role as PI Lead Organiser for the international conference, Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics and Ethics, UCL, developed with funding from UCL Intercultural Interactions Grand Challenge, UCL Art History, French, Slade, Vice Provost (academic), The Luce Irigaray Circle, Hofstra and Stony Brook Universities and KTH Stockholm. Participants in the event included; Irigaray, Grosz, Code, Petrescu, Hayward. 80 presentations from artists/architecture/fine art/ poetics/performance/philosophy/literature/modern languages/political science/. Talks about my chapter in the volume include: Department of Philosophy, University of Dundee, Feb 2011. Keynote: Keynote Lecture: Irigaray, Space and Cultural Geography, Oxford Brookes University Jan 2011. Panellist: Landscape Urbanism, Royal Academy Architecture Talks Series, Nov 2010.
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