This panel aims to explore the ways in which certain forms of material production can be testing grounds for doing theory. We are particularly interested in how architectural production, as a sociomaterial assemblage and as a design practice, might challenge conceptual repertoires of STS and ANT.
This panel aims to explore the ways in which certain forms of material production can be testing grounds for doing theory. We are particularly interested in how architectural production, both as a sociomaterial assemblage and as a design practice, might challenge existing conceptual repertoires of STS and ANT. The panel acknowledges the emergence of an intellectually lively space at the intersection between architecture and STS, ranging from STS studies of architecture to architectural propositions inspired by ANT, but it specifically aims to explore the conceptual shifts and challenges that might result from engaging with architectural production. It invites STS researchers and architects to discuss whether and how current architectural production can not only put to work STS and ANT concepts and sensibilities, but also challenge them? This might involve asking what are the limitations, the constraints, the blind spots, the common places of predominant STS and ANT vocabularies in relationship to architectural production, as well as exploring the opportunities, overflows, openings related to this site of material production. We thus aim to create an opportunity for exchange and reflection on the capacities of architecture to challenge STS and ANT propositions. Presentations might focus on conceptual discussions, project presentations or empirical case studies, but in all cases they should propose reflections, establish connections and map the mutual influences, with the aim of opening up an intellectual space for new questions, methods, sensibilities and forms of critique.