Isabelle Doucet is a Lecturer in Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Manchester, School of Environment and Development / Manchester Architecture Research Centre. She completed her PhD research at the Delft University of Technology, Architecture Theory, with Prof. Arie Graafland, under the title ‘From Penser la Ville to Faire la Ville: Brussels and Architecture’s Engagement with the Real’. Recent publications include, , the fourth issue of Footprint Journal, on the theme ‘Agency in Architecture: Reframing Criticality in Theory and Practice’, co-edited with Kenny Cupers (www.footprintjournal.org); and the book ‘Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production: Towards Hybrid Modes of Inquiry in Architecture and Urbanism’, co-edited with Nel Janssens, Springer Verlag, forthcoming 2010.
While critical practice suffers from ‘design deficits’ and digital practice remains locked within design processes according, the ‘concerned practice’ could be a possible mode of operation for an architecture concerned with the real. Thinking architecture through the notion of agency, Doucet argues for an ‘idiotic architecture’ and the emergence of unexpected events.Submission, Text