Architecture and its Stories - AIARG Annual Conference 2022

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‘Architecture and its Stories’ wants to celebrate and interrogate architecture’s many, multi-faceted narratives. The conference is prompted by the re-emergence of narrative as a subject and method of interest across many fields. In architecture, there has been a renewed interest in narrative as design method, in narrative as a means of expanding and enriching histories, drawing in marginal and excluded voices and experiences, and there has been an increasing recognition of the need for the urgent, overarching narratives of social and climate justice to direct the discipline’s endeavours. At the same time, the humanities have expanded their remit to include consideration of climate and environment. Stories, it seems, can help us to make sense of the environments we have already created and to imagine the ones we need to create in the future.

This conference tells many stories. It brings together over 70 speakers, selected from over 160 proposals, from a variety of disciplines, from different parts of the world, at different points in their research and professional careers. It encompasses online and in-person papers and sessions as well as points in between. Some strands of enquiry – the value of oral history, material culture as narrative, the use of narrative in teaching and research – figure prominently. Film, television, exhibition, publication are explored as means of spatial storytelling. Many methods and approaches from the archaeological to the sociological are deployed. There are case studies from India and Iran to Ireland, the US and Chile, from the 15th-century to the present day. But across all this variety there is a shared interest in the relationship between the shaping of stories and the shaping of space.
Period24 Mar 202225 Mar 2022
Held atAll Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG), Ireland
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Fields of Expertise

  • Sustainable Systems