Accepted paper:

Spaces between: exploring the intersticial possibilities of architectural practice


Thomas Yarrow (Durham University)

Paper short abstract:

Focusing on an ostensibly ordinary architectural office, the paper explores the problems and possibilities they find within the intersticial spaces of these routinely surprising realities.

Paper long abstract:

Architectural critics tends to imagine radical alternatives to existing professional practice, utopian professional futures premised on overcoming the constraints of present working conditions. By contrast, through an ethnographic focus on an ostensibly ordinary kind of practice, this paper explores the possibilities they find within existing constraints. Focusing on a small practice in the UK, I highlight how architects occupy, in their own terms, 'spaces between', fabricating specific reconciliations to things that are opposed, incompatible or in tension.

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