Chloe Street and Gordana Fontana-Giusti are presenting at The 10th International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association

Chloe Street and Gordana Fontana-Giusti from the Kent School of Architecture are presenting at; The 10th International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) – Transgression.

The conference will explore the ways in which boundaries can be exceeded or subverted in order to develop new forms of architecture and architectural practice – as well as new understandings of architecture and the role architecture could play. These boundaries might be theoretical, professional, social, spatial, disciplinary, legal, historical or physical.

The conference will be hosted by the Department of Planning and Architecture at the University of the West of England, Bristol on the 21-23 November 2013.

Chloe Street (Lecturer: KSA, University of Kent) and Oliver Froome-Lewis (Course Leader: CSA, University for the Creative Arts) will give a paper on their mapping and research project ‘Lea Valley Drift’:

Lea Valley Drift was formed in the Spring of 2012, and awarded funding by the LLDC ‘Emerging East’ project, in anticipation of the Olympic North Park opening in July 2013, alongside other culturally inclusive community projects. Through this commission, a pair of local maps, with walking routes, and a book, Beyond the Olympic Park, have been developed with the integration of the Olympic Park with local communities and the inauguration of the Public Park in mind. By foregrounding the analysis and interpretation of the experiential qualities of found urban space through fieldwork and re-thinking cartographic means, our maps explore adjustments to perception and use without the requirement for physical change. We contend that experience and use of public space is primarily affected by our perception of what it is for and what it might be for, and secondarily by what it physically lends itself to being.

Gordana Fontana–Giusti will give a paper on Transgression and Le Corbusier’s Journey to the East.

This paper will investigate how Le Corbusier’s Journey to the East could be considered a transgression. In contrast to the ‘Grand Tour’ travellers of the eighteenth century who searched for legacy of the classical antiquity, and distinct from the self-conscious romantic ‘adventurers’ of the nineteenth-century, Charles-Edouard  Jeanneret’s 1911 journey to the east was less grand and obsessive, while possibly even more absorbing, life-changing, transgressive and industrious.