Across many contributions to this first issue, I’ve been struck by authors’ interests in negotiating the combined pursuits of knowledge generation and the production of spectacle. I believe this signals a shift in the way architects regard research practice today, and hope to open up discussion around this point. I’d like to start by comparing […]

What is the economic context of the research projects discussed in this issue? In “Task Environment,” Arindam Dutta has demonstrated a shift in architectural research from a state-funded research-industrial-academic complex to ‘creative economy’ funding structures dominant today. While some projects shown in this isssue are rooted in the legacy of military and industrial interests (see […]