Collecting Architecture: Territories 2

History/Theory

Spring 2013

Craig Buckley, instructor

This course probed the dual implications of the term “collecting architecture,” considering architecture both as an object of contemporary collecting practices, but also the architecture that organizes, supports and informs various collections. In the first sense, the research looked to various sites of architectural collection, from conventional building ownership, to new preservation practices, to real estate development and planning ventures conceived as modes of collecting at an urban scale. In the second sense, “collecting architecture” encompassed diverse conditions, scales and configurations of collection. Starting with art museums and galleries the research extended outside of conventional art collection to locate contemporary forms of related collection, including archives of various types as well as distinct new sites and forms of accumulation. The seminar and studio examined infrastructures of movement, networks of circulation and financial investment, technologies of protection, as well as the strategies of viewership and exposure associated with territories of collection. The seminar was organized as an editorial office; the goal of the semester’s research was to produce an issue of a magazine devoted to the topic, the first of a thematic series to appear on an irregular basis. The seminar and editorial office operated in parallel with a spring 2012 design studio taught by Mark Wasiuta.