This innovative research centre brings together architects, urbanists, filmmakers, curators and other cultural practitioners from around the world to work on expanded notions of architecture that engage with questions of culture, politics, conflict and human rights.
The aim of the centre is to give rigorous tools for urban research and practice to a variety of practitioners from various backgrounds. The work of the centre is based upon the idea of “practice led theory”. Students will pursue individual projects and undertake research and writing that incorporate contemporary Critical Theory, Philosophy and Cultural Studies.
Rather than merely supporting the productive process of architectural constructs, this process involves itself in radical critique of its nature.
The third iteration of the PhD Roundtable in the Centre for Research Architecture began in the autumn of 2014 with a large intake of new doctoral students. This means that the admission of additional PhD students in years 2015-17 will be very limited. Of current interest to the Centre are dissertation projects dealing broadly in the areas of "radicial ecologies" and "datascapes". Please address any enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding opportunities for MPhil/PhD in Research Architecture:
Goldsmiths is part of a block grant AHRC studentship partnership, which means that we will be entering successful applicants to our PhD programmes to a competition for these studentships in January of 2015. More details of this process is available here: http://www.gold.ac.uk/visual-cultures/funding/
Forensic Architecture: http://www.forensic-architecture.org/
PhD: http://roundtable.kein.org/ (RT1-2 archive)
MA Collaborative Project 2015: http://mineralia.co (Conflicts & Negotiations)
MA: www.mara-stream.org (previous MA projects)
Forensic Architecture (Research Project)
From 2011-2014, the Centre for Research Architecture has been engaged in a four-year ERC-funded project entitled Forensic Architecture. The project is organized around a series of international seminars and workshops with distinguished practitioners in the field, publications and exhibitions. Members of the Centre undertaking the MA or PhD programme have participated in the activities developed throughout the project.
Description: Because violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and human right (HR) conventions are frequently undertaken in cities and by means that deliberately manipulate the elements that constitute their built fabric, this project contends that organizations employing HR and IHL could benefit from a closer engagement with the operational procedures, conceptual assumptions, methodologies, and technologies of urban and architectural analysis. Legal claims of the kind that are brought to international courts and tribunals or made to circulate within the general media often invoke images of destroyed buildings or of menacing new constructions, but these are too often treated merely as self-evident illustrations of atrocity. This project attempts to transform the built environment from an illustration of alleged violations to a source of knowledge about them and a resource through which controversial events and political processes could be reconstructed, analyzed and better understood. The project is driven by the introduction of a new operative concept – “Forensic Architecture” (FA) – which is proposed as a field of practice and as an analytical method for probing the political and social histories inscribed in spatial artefacts and in built environments.