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Merleau-Ponty’s ‘Body Schema’*

For Merleau-Ponty the body is not an object, but rather a set of possibilities for action in a given environment: an orientation toward the world that is—in essence—our very means for “having a world” as such. If our sense of space in the world around us is grounded by our “inner” sense of the body’s … Continue reading

Atmospheric Architectures

Review of: Atmospheric Architectures: The Aesthetics of Felt Spaces Gernot Böhme (edited/trans A-C Engels-Schwarzpaul), London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. ISBN 978-1-4742-5808-1, Hb, pp. 199. Published in: Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, 18, Pattern / Surface: a pursuit of material narratives, December 2017, pp. 93-94. http://interstices.aut.ac.nz/ijara/index.php/ijara/article/view/258 This is a fascinating collection of essays by the German philosopher … Continue reading

Through the Eye of the Mirror

In Jacques Tati’s 1967 movie Playtime the bus-loads of tourists who have come to visit Paris seem permanently marooned in a grey and endless suburban business centre. Caught in the spatial limbo of something like an infinite airport arrivals hall – the very archetype of the contemporary ‘non-place’ described by the anthropologist Marc Augé (Auge, … Continue reading

The Tectonic Sensibility

One of the problems that haunts any discussion of tectonics in architecture (typically defined as the raising of construction to an art form) is that it can often seem like an obvious fallacy is being committed, broadly of the pars pro toto variety. If we become too fixated on the fabric of the building as … Continue reading

Architectural Projects of Marco Frascari: The Pleasure of a Demonstration

Review of: Architectural Projects of Marco Frascari: The Pleasure of a Demonstration, by Sam Ridgway (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), ISBN 978-1-4724-4174-4, Hb, pp. 109. This is a useful collection of commentaries on the fascinating work – both written and built – of the Italian architect and academic Marco Frascari, who died in 2013. Frascari, born in 1945 “under the … Continue reading

The Extended Self: Architecture, Memes and Minds

Review of: The Extended Self: Architecture, Memes and Minds, by Chris Abel (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015) ISBN 978-0-7190-9612-9, Pb, pp. 357. This is both a fascinating and a frustrating book. It ranges freely across a broad intellectual landscape and is rich with philosophical references. For me, the real fascination came from the discussion of architecture as a category of technology, … Continue reading

Performing Place: A Conversation with Sioned Huws

Invited by the Nottingham based international centre Dance4 I recently took part in an online conversation with choreographer and performer Sioned Huws. Originally from Bangor in north Wales, Sioned has been working for a number of years with community groups in northern Japan, helping to record, preserve and promote traditional forms of dance, such as … Continue reading

Rosemary Butcher – Moving in Time

Exhibitions about dance have to face a similar dilemma to most exhibitions about architecture – literally a dance around the void created by the notable absence of the object. But in the case of Rosemary Butcher this problem takes on a whole new meaning in the sense that in much of her work the performance … Continue reading

Ingold on Making – Agency and Animacy

In his latest collection of essays subtitled ‘Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture’ [1] Tim Ingold continues his interdisciplinary investigations into the messy world of making. Written in a typically lively, direct and highly accessible style, one of the strengths of Ingold’s approach is the intimate connection between philosophy and field work – you get the … Continue reading

‘Sensing Spaces’ – Architecture Re-materialised

Architecture exhibitions typically struggle to deal with the problem of the absent object. When you can’t actually fit the main exhibit inside the gallery space it’s tempting to revert to the default option of the all-too-familiar ‘book-on-the-wall’. In other areas, museums have been keen to move away from this predominantly text-based model, preferring instead to … Continue reading

Latest Book

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MACLEOD, S, AUSTIN, T, HALE, J and HO, O, eds., The Future of Museum and Gallery Design: Purpose Process Perception. Abingdon: Routledge 2018.

Latest Article

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HALE, J., "Buildings as Objects and Buildings as ‘Tool-Beings’," in BEDFORD, J., ed., Is There an Object-Oriented Architecture: Engaging Graham Harman, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.

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