Video 1 Moving beyond the question
This project archaeology approaches the motive Building a Proposition for Future Activities by way of the question ‘What enables these propositions?’
This question claims that there are Propositions for Future Activities and that human and non-human actors in the situation of the summer school have the enabling potentialities to build them. We understand the doingness aspect or building activities of the summer school as a form of problematizing. Problematization is a well-known mode of research that asks ‘what are the conditions of their possibility?’. The aim of the Project Archaeology is therefore to make modes of Building a Proposition for Future Activities available by moving beyond the question and re-arrange the situation according to the motive. Potentiality precedes reality: If we do not understand how urban forms of knowledge are possible, we cannot know whether they really exist.
Video 2 Being propositional
One way to be propositional with this kind of thinking is doing a Project Archaeology. It might be helpful to revisit the modules Project Archaeology and Notation to get a more prolific understanding of what doing a Project Archaeology enables us to do. In this last video in the E-Learning Arrangement Project Management in Urban Design we’d like to focus on the form the project has been transposed into in the process of doing a Project Archaeology: Archives
List of Archives
Folder register, The self-build wall in the container, research paper and presentations, Minutes, Logs, Seminar work, Competition entries, Application documents, Newspaper articles, Films, Hard drives with raw data such as films, photos, drawings, mappings, scribblings, scans of field journal entries …
Archives here are fields for storing and organizing data. They cannot be regarded as final results. So, how can we learn being propositional with archives?
Video 3 The archive is material
The space of the archive cannot be regarded as a neutral container in which data is stored, it has to be regarded as material that can and must affect new readings. In Hans-Jörg Rheinberger’s (2010) terms, the material of the archive remains “between the epistemic objects and the knowledge processes bound up with them” (p. 245). An archive is produced by a heterogeneous process. In this process a sedimentation and densification of knowledge takes place in iterative loops. Any way of working with archives demands what we call a Project Archaeology – retroactively and recursively re-integrating and re-assembling the material in new processes and takes of producing knowledge. This is also a spatial process. Not only do we consider the urban as an assemblage to be re-assembled, also the space of our archive while being produced is a matter of re-assembling, re-ordering and re-arranging material. Thereby the condensation effects of the notations are re-worked in new processes of condensation creating manifold obligatory passage points (OPP) (Callon 2006). At each OPP re-assembling the archive, new patterns of the doingness aspect of Project Management in Urban Design become visible. At the same time one has to take into account that the archive is an open form. To work structurally then also means that processes of knowledge can be traced back in their development. The recursivity and retroactiveness not only propels new ways of creating knowledge, it also enables to go back in time to past OPPs in order to re-investigate heretofore unseen potentialities.
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