Project in collaboration with Matthew Pugh, design development with Michelle Recio and Sandybell Sanchez.
The history of architecture (and architectural problems) has often been presented as a lineage of types characterized by the primary program that inhabits them. From museums to libraries and concert halls to houses, typology has served as a way to compare the evolution of models as an index of their use. We compare museums to other museums for their organization and circulatory systems, libraries to libraries for articulations of institutional publicity and privacy. While typology has not been confined only to descriptions of use, the history of architecture has been preconditioned to a certain degree by a frame of reference that, in today’s world, might be challenged. Beyond the fact that many contemporary building programs defy the neatly defined confines of pure functional type, architects interested in the projective trajectory of architecture are finding typology less useful as a means for advancing disciplinary interests. Instead, the concept of genealogy presents a path forward.
Simply stated, genealogy is an interest in the development of architectural forms and attributes/ and their consequences as they interact with the world This is both liberating and subjective; individual architects construct their own genealogies as a means to forge relevance with the discipline that surrounds them. Rather than positioning the design of a museum or a library against an exclusively historical lineage of other types of museums or libraries, we can instead learn from a wide range of buildings that both share and explore similar aesthetic and formal concerns, and examine how those forms condition the program(s) that inhabit them while we remain concerned with intelligently responding to and use and program, we come to a new understanding of how our unfolding architectural interests might advance those programs into new territories.