Contributors include:Andrew Benjamin
Counterpoint critics:Jayne Merkel
About the Guest–Editors (Adrian Lahoud, Charles Rice and Anthony Burke).
Spotlight: Visual highlights of the issue.
Introduction: Post–Traumatic Urbanism (Adrian Lahoud).
Trauma Within the Walls: Notes Towards a Philosophy of the City (Andrew Benjamin).
The Space–Time of Pre–emption: An Interview with Brian Massumi (Charles Rice).
Making Dubai: A Process in Crisis (Todd Reisz).
Changes of State: Slow–Motion Trauma in the Gangetic Plains of India (Anthony R Acciavatti).
After the Event: Speculative Projects in the Aftermath (Samantha Spurr).
Forensic Architecture (Eyal Weizman, Paulo Tavares, Susan Schuppli and Situ Studio).
The Infrastructure of Stability (Tarsha Finney).
Post–Apocalypse Now (Mark Fisher).
The Eighth Day: God Created the World in Seven Days. This is The Eighth Day (Tony Chakar).
Figures in the Sand (Christopher Hight and Michael Robinson).
The Urban Complex: Scalar Probabilities and Urban Computation (Anthony Burke).
Project for a Mediterranean Union (Adrian Lahoud).
Fearscapes: Caracas Postcards from a Violent City (Eduardo Kairuz).
Energy Territories (Anthony Burke).
Architecture, Contingency and Crisis: An Interview with Slavojiek (Adrian Lahoud).
The Very Mark of Repression: The Demolition Theatre of the Palast der Republik and the New Schloss Berlin (Khadija Carroll La).
On Message: An Interview with Michael Chertoff (Charles Rice).
Borderline Syndrome (Ole Bouman).
Counterpoint: Rebuilding from Below the Bottom: Haiti (Jayne Merkel and Craig Whitaker).
Adrian Lahoud (Master of Advanced Architecture, Urban Design),
Charles Rice (Associate Professor) and
Anthony Burke (Associate Professor and Head of School) have developed an approach to urban research which recognises the city as an unstable, though highly organised, environment. The particular theme of this issue of 1 allows this research to frame trauma and its aftermath as the most current and widely understood manifestation of urban instability.
As a practising architect and Course Director of the Master of Advanced Architecture, Urban Design, Lahoud s work ranges across a number of scales with a particular emphasis on the Middle East. As a researcher he explores the relationship between design, conflict and politics. He is a member of the OCEAN design research network and is completing a doctorate entitled ′The Life of Forms in the City′.
Rice′s research considers the interior as a spatial and experiential category in domestic and urban culture. His bookThe Emergence of the Interior: Architecture, Modernity, Domesticity was published by Routledge in 2007, and he is currently working on a book manuscript provisionally titledAtrium Effects: John Portman and Architecture′s Discipline. Here he will consider how questions of urban renewal have, since the 1970s, been linked to particular design strategies which emphasise heightened interior effects. With current thinking and practice so focused on the envelope, climate control and security, thinking through the increasing interiority of urbanism has become a pressing issue.
Burke′s research addresses questions of computational media and technology, and its implications for architecture and urbanism. A graduate of Columbia University′s GSAPP in 2000, he has focused in particular on networks and systems logics within contemporary design, recently co–editingNetwork Practices: New Strategies in Architecture and Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007) with Therese Tierney. His practice, Offshore Studio, like Lahoud′s practice, works across scales to test this research–led design thinking.
In this issue of 1, Lahoud, Rice and Burke aim to wed design experimentation to politics. Their day–to–day collaboration in research and teaching promotes the consideration of advanced techniques, criticality and the reality of the urban together as the context for architecture′s disciplinary development.