Further Reading Required. Building specifications, contracts and technical literature
Amhoff, Tilo, Lloyd Thomas, Katie and Beech, Nick (2011) Further Reading Required. Building specifications, contracts and technical literature In: Further Reading Required. Building specifications, contracts and technical literature, 17 Feb 2011, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. (Unpublished)
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Further Reading Required was the eighth Architecture seminar held termly at the Bartlett School of Architecture providing opportunities for staff and student researchers within the school to initiate research conversations at interdisciplinary crossings. Further Reading Required opened a discussion about why we might turn to building specifications, contracts, and technical literature with researchers in architectural history and theory, building construction, law, and literature, and with architectural practitioners interested in the effects of working within this framework and in finding openings for its subversion. Further Reading Required asked how we understand the meaning and value of these documents and what approaches we might take in reading them. What social, material, and discursive histories are made available through these documents? How might we read them not merely for themselves or only for their technical contents, but as historical documents of specific processes, the specification of labour and materials, particular social and material relations, technological developments, or concepts of material and matter? To what extent can these documents offer openings for research that addresses questions that might otherwise remain underexplored?
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