The Power of Sources in Architecture Research

abk— / Architektur / Architekturgeschichte / Architekturtheorie / BHT / Konferenz / NAW / TU Berlin / TU Darmstadt / Zeitgeschehen

Access to sources, knowledge, and information is going through fundamental changes as globalisation and digitalisation evolve. The same changes apply to the process of gaining new academic insights. As the amount of sources increases (as well as their diversity and general distribution), there are still fundamental differences in accessibility, depending on one’s geographic and economic position. What role do economic and social factors play in a researcher’s possibility to visit an archive, or simply to make due with a curated and digitalised selection of sources? In this conference, matters of usage, reception, archivisation, and hierarchical structure of sources are questioned. This also applies to architecture as a globalised and digitalised academic discipline and practice – an issue that architecture must address. The 8th Forum of Architectural Science will examine the power of sources in three thematic aspects: “Agency and Politics”, “Data and Media”, and “Canon and Episteme”.