Intermediate 6 Nebelivka ancient mega-settlement with 15,000–17,000 inhabitants, from 4000 BC to current-day Ukraine, Durham University Archaeological Services, 2010


Brendon Carlin, James Kwang-Ho Chung

This year Intermediate 6 will conceive of new, unfamiliar, non-typological, giant architectures for a multitude of strangers to live, work, love, sleep and dream together unconcealed. We’ve avoided the word ‘house’ here because we reject archaic, patronising architectural categories and the typological baggage of house(ing) that architects have obsessed over since the birth of our modern ‘profession’ during industrialisation; a period when the invention of ‘homeliness,’ reproduction of life and construction of our beliefs and habits emerged as the focus of political strategies. Now, we might fearlessly embrace the accelerating innovation/destruction of history, values and our beliefs wrought by economy, technology and competition for profit which defines our epoch. The expanding provocation and deepening capture of our individual and collective productive potential has led to the blurring of home, work and shopping; we now (re)produce everywhere, all the time. The increasing saturation of the city and workplaces with textures of homeliness and a mélange of every style and belief that has ever existed, are a thin shell that conceals an expanding flatness, sameness, and narrowing determination of who we are.

This year we will strive to clear away deeply rooted assemblages from architecture and life: programming, meanings, values, character roles, narratives of privacy and their architectural hardware: facades, corridors, floors, walls, furniture’s, doors, and locks. If New Architecture is possible then we can no longer build upon the deceptive abstractions which limit who we can become, their binary categories and oppositions - inside/outside, mine/yours, masculine/feminine, sacred/profane. We will strive to give form to modes of life already emerging from within the pressures of the metropolis that embrace the potential of our common rootlessness, placelessness, and need or want to share. We will develop spatial and phenomenological devices, fields of subtle mediation and shift without division which embrace the dissolution of typology and architecture as ideological figuration, and inversely we will experiment with the relationship of the field to distinct and decisive archetypal forms. As producers of space, aesthetics and culture, we are well positioned to tip the balance and give lines of flight struggling to open other, more loving, interesting possible worlds and experiences of being, new form.

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Brendon Carlin has been a Unit Master at the AA since 2011, is a candidate with AA PhD City Architecture. Brendon has led several realised architecture and city projects, and practised and taught on six continents with distinguished institutions leading studios including ADS9 last year at the RCA with John Ng.

James Kwang-Ho Chung is a new Unit Master at the AA, a lecturer with the Royal College of Art, and an architectural designer for Hopkins. He has been practicing in numerous studios realising many built projects, has lectured and taught with several universities including the AA, RCA and Leeds School of Architecture since graduating from AA Diploma 5 in 2013.

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