Concrete Geometries article in OASE Journal

Oase 88

The article The Exhibition as Social Ground appears in Oase 88 Exhibitions. Showing and Producing Architecture. The essay reflects on the exhibition ‘The Relational in Architecture’ held by the Concrete Geometries Research Cluster at the Architectural Association in 2012. OASE 88 examines the role of the architecture exhibition as a site of production. Bridging theory and practice, and relating historical examples to contemporary concerns, this issue considers the exhibition as a medium for experimentation, providing an alternative to the built project as a bearer of the practice of architecture. Throughout modernity, exhibitions have played an essential part in the formation and differentiation of the culture of architecture. Apart from their historiographical role, they have been a means to identify commonalities in the present, stage discourse and instigate new forms of practice. But exhibitions are also built spatial manifestations in themselves and spaces in which unrealized proposals can be made public. As such, they offer various occasions for the elaboration of experimental design practices.


BACK to FRONT, Fran Cottell


Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October 2011 from 14.00–18.00
18 Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 0JU

Following previous house installations for CGP London, displaying the emotional qualities of chaos, and the relative status of the inhabitants and visitors as they perambulate through the house on increasingly higher platforms until, finally puncturing the ceiling and contributing to a collection of heads.
 BACK to FRONT will return to the ground; creating a new through space. The visibility of the house, visitors and the inhabitants will in turn be brought into question.

Transport details

Tube: North Greewich on the Jubille Line then bus 129 or 422
DLR: Cutty Sark or River boat then buses 177, 180, 286
Rail: Westcombe Park



Friday Session 46

Friday session

‘On the Relational in Architecture’

Friday, 17.6.2011
6.30h @ public works, 1-5 Vyner Street, London E2 9DG

A round of presentations and discussion followed by a book launch, accompanied by drinks.

With Rochus Urban Hinkel, from Urban Interior, a research group at the School of Architecture, 
RMIT University, Melbourne, Dr Hélène Frichot from Architecture + Philosophy, Marianne Mueller, Concrete Geometries Research Cluster, Architectural Association School of Architecture. And the presentation of the “Urban Interior – informal explorations, interventions and occupations” book, 
edited by Rochus Urban Hinkel.