[TRANS-] performance

Across, beyond, through ::
process, production and presence

[TRANS-] journal

[TRANS-] journal 2021 proposes the examination of PERFORMANCE across, beyond and through architecture and the allied arts.

While technological quantification of built environments may be the dominant framework through which performance is understood and conceptualized, performance spans the processes, productions and presencing of architecture. Building per (through) -form (process) -ance (action) goes beyond the prototypical “high performing” building typology, across normative modes of production and through architectural agency.

This volume seeks work that documents, analyzes, critiques and expands the notion of performance in architecture. Submit by March 30, 2021.

Consider ::

  • What are the architect’s processes of practice?
  • Are these methods visible or invisible?
  • How do the processes of design relate to the built, virtual and natural environments?
  • What are the impacts of processes on communities and climate?
  • How can processes of design and curation change paradigms of labor, productivity and product?

The organization of architectural education, the methods of design and the curation of architectural documents evidence social and economic structures of architectural labor and thought. While architectural education can expose students to emerging theories and techniques, young designers enter into established professional processes. With few opportunities to change traditional paradigms of architectural documentation, social organization, productivity and automation in practice, and processes change gradually. Turning attention toward the methodologies of learning, design and curating, however, can lead to greater understanding about the effects of design on environments, communities and labor forces. This volume asks contributors to challenge and revise typical architectural models of academia and praxis.

  • How are approaches to architectural production organized under environmental, economic and political conditions?
  • What can change about architectural production to better respond to scarcity, abundance, social inequities and climate change?
  • Can sustainable design evolve to better the built environment and our future?

Architecture’s part in the environmental emergency is explicit, yet building performance becomes, in extremes, the sole barometer to the overall “success” of architecture. On one hand, new production methods for building modules and materials have enabled architects to provide living and working spaces for more people at a lower cost. On the other hand, sustainable design calls on architects to take greater agency in the climate crisis. This volume asks contributors to critique the “high-performing” building ethos and intersections with the political and economic systems that allow for “greenwashing.”

  • How can architecture break from canonical ties to formal building artifact and trend towards a broad application of architectural thinking in the real world?
  • Should architecture claim greater agency in social and environmental problems? What is architecture and the allied arts responsibility for revealing, mapping, illustrating extant problems?
  • How can any person or group of people participate and take agency and responsibility through the spatial arts? 

One could argue that modernization has alienated the architect from the work, and that time diminishes the connection between the object and the one who makes it. Yet, agency is needed to address social and economic problems to which architecture contributes to the built environment. This volume asks contributors to consider the ways in which architecture can ‘perform’ outside of the traditional architectural cannons to facilitate change in the built environment through social collaboration, cooperation, and citizen participation, employing methods of performance art and critiques of public space to leverage new meaningful spatial/material conditions and social experiences.

Submission Guidelines

We welcome original works in any form that can be reproduced in two dimensions. Written work should be 3,000 words or less submitted as a .docx or .rtf file.

Use Chicago Manual of Style for endnotes (numbered 1, 2, 3, etc.) and bibliography. Include figure captions (numbered 1, 2, 3, etc.) at the end of the document and submit figures as separate .tif files (at 300 dpi, CKMY color). A 100-word biography of the author(s) and a 300-word abstract or description of the project are also required. Name files using the following convention: Surname_essay, Surname_bio, Surname_abstract, Surname_Figure_1, etc.

Submit work via email by March 30, 2021 to submissions.transjournal@gmail.com.

Expect a response by April 30, 2021 for summer 2021 publication.

About [TRANS-]

trans:: across, beyond, through

[TRANS-] is a nonprofit, student-run academic journal created by the members of Tau Sigma Delta in 2014 at the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona.

Due to emerging interest, [TRANS-] has grown into a group of individuals who extend beyond Tau Sigma Delta, bringing with them a broader understanding of architecture, design and related fields. [TRANS-] attempts to live up to its name by exploring topics across architecture and design, beyond the surface understanding and through the intricacies of its implications.

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