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Bartlett Academic Launches New P.E.A.R. Journal Collection

4 December 2020

The Bartlett’s Matthew Butcher co-edits this new collection of essays and works from the P.E.A.R. Journal.

Book cover: Matthew Butcher and Megan O'Shea - Expanding Fields of Architectural Discourse and Practice: Curated Works from the P.E.A.R. Journal

UCL Press have published a new book edited by Matthew Butcher, Associate Professor of Architecture at The Bartlett, and Megan O'Shea, an art producer and consultant for Contemporary Art Society Consultancy.

Published on 27 November, Expanding Fields of Architectural Discourse and Practice: Curated Works from the P.E.A.R. Journal brings together a collection of writing which includes contributions from a number of Bartlett staff.

These essays, architectural experiments and works explore the diversity within the fields of contemporary architectural practice and discourse. Specific in this selection is the question of how and why architecture can and should manifest in a critical and reflective capacity, as well as to examine how the discipline currently resonates with contemporary art practice. It does so by reflecting on the first 10 years of the architectural journal, P.E.A.R. (2009 to 2019). The volume argues that the initial aims of the journal – to explore and celebrate the myriad forms through which architecture can exist – are now more relevant than ever to contemporary architectural discourse and practice.

Included in the volume are architectural practitioners, design researchers, artists, architectural theorists, historians, journalists, curators and a paleobiologist, all of whom contributed to the first seven issues of the journal. Here, they provide a unique presentation of architectural discourse and practice that seeks to test new ground while forming distinct relationships to recent, and more longstanding, historical legacies.

Expanding Fields of Architectural Discourse and Practice can be downloaded free in PDF format at UCL Press’s website. Hard copies can also be purchased, at £30 for paperback or £50 for hardback.

Contributors include: Mollie Claypool, Marjolijn Dijkman, FleaFolly Architects, Jes Fernie, Adrian Forty, Adam Nathaniel Furman, Kate Goodwin, Jonathan Hill, Torange Khonsari (public works), Perry Kulper, Guan Lee, Yeoryia Manolopoulou, Thomas Pearce, Jane Rendell, Bob Sheil, Robin Wilson and Neil Spiller.  

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