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Accepted Contribution:

Disruptive methodologies: inter-medial approaches to architectural and cultural heritage through artistic and design-driven research  
Monica Tușinean (Technische Universität Berlin)

Short abstract:

The emergence of artistic and design-driven methodologies allowed for tackling issues of industrial heritage that lay at the intersection of spatial and cultural practices. A method assemblage of video vignettes and hand drawings could mend a lacuna in the discourse on transformation and reuse.

Long abstract:

The design-driven research into the potential for maintenance and transformation of post-socialist industrial architecture in Romania has uncovered that the research gap lay not within spatial issues but constituted a cultural crisis:

As cultural amnesia became enforced by post-communist Romanian institutional culture (Wicke, 2018, p. 126), valuable industrial heritage sites were threatened with erasure and, along with them, an essential part of Romanian collective memory. It became evident that architectural research into the topic required developing a novel methodological toolset that allowed explorations rooted in design that could tackle hybrid cultural issues.

The missing method lay in an artistic design-oriented approach that would mediate between representation and architectural intervention strategy and that could embody the “shift of the gaze” (Ranciere, 2005, p. 13-25) onto industrial heritage sites by showing modes of reflection and possibilities for further action.

The process evolved into an assemblage of methods and uncovered a new methodology: “phenomenographic” (Troiani, 2020, p. 247) video vignettes of multiple case study sites that illustrated analysis modes, design proposals, and narrative context through the overlap of video, hand drawings, and annotated sketches. This experimental artistic process, relying on the making explicit of auto-ethnographic tacit knowledge, has uncovered how “spatial and representational expertise from architecture can be applied in other disciplines” (Von Ballestrem, 2023, p. 111).

This contribution to the “Making and Doing Transformations” aims to showcase and explore how artistic design-driven research can mend a lacuna in architectural discourse and offer solutions for rescuing fragile urban heritage sites.

Combined Format Open Panel P268
Creative partners? Repositioning the arts in transdisciplinary collaborations
  Session 2 Wednesday 17 July, 2024, -