Critical Spatial Practice

Time on Site (2019)
  • Prue Chiles | UK

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  • Memories, interests, histories and artefacts, both fantasy and reality are woven into the fabric of the buildings.

    As historical characters emerge from the shed and quiet, un-confident clients find a voice. This house and garden was an obsession of an engineer and his family that imagined it in the 1960’s and the architect interpreting their wishes then. It has been a lived in for 50 years by the same family and the next generation have inherited a period piece – and they are approaching it anew. The tacit, embedded ordinary affects and the history of the design and the building of the house are helping them inhabit their dreams and their consciousness of the architectural language of this house, built by the new owner’s father. 

    The contractor meanwhile emerges as an expert on 1960’s Californian modernism and an appreciation of the original construction on site creates both pleasure and worry on site as talks of the ‘white heat of technology’ at that time, are translated into new technologies.

    A recent turn to ‘the question of time’ is vividly explored in Lisa Baraitser’s Enduring Time. The impact of technologies accelerating time is described. This is combined with the collapse of twentieth-century modernity’s belief that we can dominate our future; instead things are rapidly becoming more uncertain and unpredictable. The energy debate and the consumption of fossil fuels are at the centre of this uncertain future and working around this with the owners there was a palpable feeling that it was ‘time to do something’. 

    Time and people are intimately wrapped around each other and this became a particular concern as a heterogeneous group of people share time together to achieve a new project.

    We are borrowing here Lisa Baraitser’s ‘temporal tropes’ of staying (image 1), maintaining (image 2), repeating (image 3), waiting (image 4), delaying (image 5), preserving (image 6), enduring (image 7), and recalling (image 8) to show practices where ‘care takes the form of an affective engagement with others’ (Baraitser, 2017: 14)  

    This project and others are part of a series of new research through design, creative practice portfolios and future publications looking at the creative and sometimes enduring relationships that make built form. 


    Biography:

    Prue Chiles is a teacher, practitioner and writer on architecture and the people involved ‘in doing’ architecture; and developing and supporting research through design and creative practice. 


    Practices:

    Prue Chiles is part of CE+CA, an architectural practice that has worked together for nearly 20 years. As teachers and practitioners we all try and embed the same ethics and care into our work and collaborations, whether a participatory neighbourhood plan, a small public building or a new or restored house. This is particularly important on site. As with all other projects, this was a collaborative effort, with particular thanks to all at CE+CA.

    https://cecastudio.co.uk

    https://www.ncl.ac.uk/apl/staff/pruechiles


    Keywords:
    Collaboration, Time & Temporality, 1960s architecture, Messy everyday processes, Transdisciplinarity, Spillover effects, Ordinary affects

    References:

    Sophie Ernst, Home: Architecture of Memory, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2012).

    Lisa Baraitser, Enduring Time, (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).

    Julia Kristeva, ‘Women’s time’, Signs 7.1 (1981) 13-35.

    Kathleen Stewart, Ordinary Affects (Duke University Press, 2007).

    Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift, Cities, Re-imagining the Urban, (2002).


    Notes:

    Barn, Newcastle University APL Exhibition (2019) and a portfolio on the enduring life of the barn

    Prue Chiles, and Carolyn Butterworth, ‘Field Diaries’, in Suzanne Ewing, Jérémie Michael McGowan, Chris Speed and Victoria Clare Bernie (eds.) Architecture and Field/Work, Critiques series (London: Routledge, 2010), pp. 129-137.


    Other projects:
  • Time on Site (2019)
  • Stori Mwd (A Story of Mud), (2019)
  • not nothing (August 2019)
  • Hungry Mothers, En La Frontera (2019 – present)
  • Exchanging Values at Bank (18 October 2019)
  • Cybiog: locating the digital self, (2019/20, 2 mins 45 secs)
  • Civic Pedagogy, learning as critical spatial practice (2019)
  • An environmental history of La Guajira (2019)
  • A Weird-Tender in progress (2019)
  • A walk in your words (25.01.2019)
  • Portal Zaryadye: A Portal Not Only to Heaven, But Aslo To Hell (24 July – 12 August 2018)
  • Text-isles: sowing an idea, October (2018)
  • Objects removed for study (2018)
  • Female Futures Lexicon on Space (2018/2019)
  • Bank Job, (2018–2020 and beyond)
  • windwoundweatherwovenwirewoman [performance] (2017)
  • Viscous Myths (2017/2018)
  • The Pass (October 2017 – June 2018)
  • The House Alice Built (2017/2019)
  • Productive Withdrawals: Art Strikes, Art Worlds, and Art as a Practice of Freedom (December 2017)
  • Request for the unrequested voluntary interlinguisticality (2017)
  • Caring for Communities (2017 – 2019)
  • Bodies + Borders (2017 – present)
  • a place called … (Spring 2017)
  • Uppland (2016 – 18)
  • Music for Masterplanning (2016 – 17)
  • P | A | N – Proyecto Amasandería Nacional (2016)
  • Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces (2016)
  • In My Mothers’ Garden: Memories and practices of Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp (2016)
  • Having not felt like eating, but eaten, I sat down to eat / tea … (2016)
  • Bamboo dialogues (2016)
  • Alternative Arrangements: Walking the Border in Ireland (2016 – ongoing)
  • Matter of the Manor (2015 – 19)
  • The First World Congress of the Missing Things (2014)
  • Private Choices, Public Spaces (2014)
  • Hanging Matters (2014)
  • Act#5 & Act#6: What does Mai Mai Mean? (March 2014 – December 2016)
  • Gardening for Untold Ecologies: A Manual for Making an Arid GARDEN Out There, (2013)
  • A Game of Dominoes (2013)
  • Lina & Gio: the last humanists (February – June 2012)
  • Learning-through-Touring (2012)
  • Empty Words Build Empty Homes (2012)
  • Ridley’s (2011)
  • Hustadt project, 2008 – (2011)
  • Palimpsest Performances (2010 – 2014)
  • Negotiating Conflict: Bordering Practices in a Divided Beirut (2010 – 2014)
  • Expanded Architecture (2010 – 2014)
  • Unfixing Place: A Study of Istanbul through Topographical Practices (2008)
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