When addressing the architectural scene in Palestine a set of inquiries remain unanswered. Many scholars focus on the history and heritage of the Palestinian architecture; others focus on the future of Palestine and discuss concepts related to decolonizing the architecture.
The purpose of the day is to explore the virtues of strangeness, whatever the situation. What stranger could we want to be? We propose therefore a reflection on the following theme: it is necessary to be a stranger.
The ‘cartography of architectural research’ symposium will bring together/architecture schools from around the world to lay the groundwork for a research program in experimental architecture that the Frac Centre-Val de Loire will launch during this first edition.
Culture always tends to smooth, level and “salvage”. It also provides the luster of a sense of dignity. Meanwhile counter- culture is destined to be marginal unless the elite ‘officially’ accepts it.
Demas Nwoko is a major player in the history of Nigerian architecture. A guru of the “iconoclastic modernist movement” since the 1950s, he was heavily involved in this independance claim movement and in the affirmation of cultural nationalism.
A recent model reflecting a local, spontaneous and collective approach, an approach that began its distillation in unoccupied sites or wastelands appears to be opposed to traditionally planned, fortified and channeled land. Architects change status and cooperate, pursuing and sharing projects with the inhabitants.