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Transdisciplinarity: A New Generation of Architects and Mediocritas

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)1-6
JournalEnquiry - The ARCC Journal
Journal publication date1 Dec 2016
Volume13
Issue2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Abstract

The discussion about the legitimacy of architecture being an autonomous discipline or a part of an interrelated system of areas of knowledge has been long discussed[i]. This article connects the scenario described by Fraser[ii] and Wigley[iii] where architecture needs to be considered in an expanded field as consequence of the post-critical period, to the work of a new generation of architects whose interest lies on questions that are peripheral to architecture sensu stricto. The type of architecture that emerges in this scenario is characterised by a proclivity towards other disciplines, including politics, economics and social studies. The article presents a series of examples of recent projects and discusses the impact of their approach to architecture. As a conclusion, this paper proposes the notion of mediocritas to establish a right balance between architecture as an autonomous discipline and its contamination with other cultural fields.

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