The Bartlett School of Architecture


P.E.A.R. Journal Relaunches Exploring the Local and the Global

12 May 2021

P.E.A.R.: Paper for Emerging Architectural Research has relaunched with a new issue, supported by The Bartlett School of Architecture.

Maj Plemenitas / Linkscale, Island Growth Formation, 2012-2019. Nucleation node interacting with currents and heterogeneous granular matter.

A Bartlett-based team led by Matthew Butcher has relaunched P.E.A.R.: Paper for Emerging Architectural Research, an iconic magazine exploring the experimental and the critical in architecture, as well as the intersections between art and architecture. 

Contributors include Ana Monrabal-Cook & Cameron Overy, Alejandro Haiek Coll, Stephen Graham, John Jordan, Heidi Svenningsen Kajita, Maj Plemenitas, Shahed Saleem, Matthew Turner, Unknown Fields, Ana Betancour and Carl-Johan Vesterlund, and Max Wisotsky.

Contributions focus on the exploration of issues that affect architectural production and discourse that are manifest in specific geographical locations but are also caused by, or exist as, responses to interconnected global conditions. 

Central to this issue of P.E.A.R. are questions about how architecture can seek to engage with, negate and even enhance circumstances – whether economic, social, aesthetic or political – that exist in specific urban and rural locations, but are driven by dynamic and complex forces at national and international scales. These forces include the ongoing development of globalisation driven by capital, the increasingly dramatic effects of climate change, and the enduring contemporary preoccupations that focus intellectual and natural resources on technological and scientific development. The issue explores how architecture, manifested as spatial, temporal, material and programmatic conditions, can operate critically within complex social, ecological, political and cultural systems.  

Contributors operate between the artistic, scientific and professional fields of spatial knowledge, with an emphasis on exploratory and experimental work based on broad interdisciplinary perspectives. Alongside contributions from architectural practitioners, theorists and historians, the issue features work from geographers and political activists.  

Issue No. 8 is edited by Ana Betancour, Carl-Johan Vesterlund with Matthew Butcher, Laura Cherry, Stylianos Giamarelos and Daniel James Wilkinson.

P.E.A.R. is now available in bookshops.

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Image: Maj Plemenitas / Linkscale, Island Growth Formation, 2012-2019. Nucleation node interacting with currents and heterogeneous granular matter. Featured in the article ‘Growing Islands and Resilient Shorelines’ by Maj Plemenitas, P.E.A.R. No. 8 Global/Local, pp.72-76