Architecture Vacancy examines real and critical gaps in the knowledge and practice of architecture and architectural education, sites of debate as well as the imaginative possibility, towards defining architecture’s role in the 21st century. Vacancy evokes an approach to this research focus which can be poetic, practical, and provocative/intellectual, but importantly its strength is an intensity and architectural intent.
AV engages the discipline’s body of knowledge – the work of architects, the hierarchies of architectural judgement, architectural histories and theories, and architectural creative processes – with new perspectives. Architecture Vacancy addresses traditions, hierarchies, canons and histories from sites of change, radicality, uncertainty, possibility and imagination – towards new and alternate knowledge, practice, pedagogy.
AV develops around four themes in relation to the gaps in architecture – real, critical, pedagogical and creative design practice. Conversely, the perspective of architecture is deployed to identify gaps in wider contexts of society and built environment.
Depending on the project Architecture Vacancy research is intellectually charged, practice-based, community-centred, and contributes to both traditional and non-traditional academic research.
*AVL Logo created by Juan Hevia, lecturer at Deakin University and member of AVL research team.