Matthew Dalziel is a PhD by practice fellow at the Oslo School of Architecture’s Institute of Architecture. His research project titled: Architectural Imagination after Human Exceptionalism, uses methods of praxis (theory in practice) to explore the intersectional quandaries of architectural craft, tectonic culture, and environmental crisis.
If novelists write with words then architects write with walls. We create partitions for the purposes of shelter and for the creation of meaning through the delineation of space. While for most of history these walls have been porous earthen assemblages, modernist values of efficiency have produced captivating new stories which value the inert, the impermeable, and the imperishable. In these stories, economic narratives of perpetual growth are paired with scientific pursuits of perpetual life, and cultural practices of maintenance and care are replaced with tales of emancipation from labour.
For architects, storytelling is a common practice. As we develop into our practices, we build libraries of personal references. These references are thought-tools, stories we use to make new stories. As we imagine our way into relationship with the challenges of our time, the cultivation of new thought-tools is a core practice. This PhD by practice uses the method of praxis (theory in practice) to graft together insights from Posthumanism and Environmental Humanities discourses with live architecture and landscape projects. In doing so it seeks to cultivate imaginative capacity to help to reframe the age-old questions of why we build and who we build for. While architectural imaginaries have begun to turn toward the planetary and perhaps even the earthbound through notions of technology, this PhD asks questions about the narratives, the cosmologies, the semiotics, and the ontologies of our practices.
The PhD project is supervised by Even Smith Wergeland and Hélène Frichot.
Oslo School of Architecture and Design / Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen
Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo
What can 'plant thinking' tell us about green growth?
Project Presentation, BI Green Growth Conference, Norwegian Business School, 19,05,22
Critical Tectonics: radical connectivity in process
Academic Lecture, HDK-Valand, Academy of Art and Design, 29.03.22
Academic Lecture, TU Dublin, School of Architecture 28.03.22
Academic Lecture, University of Melbourne, School of Design, 21.03.22
What I Think About Before I Do Anything Important
Paper Presentation, PhD Colloquium, AHO Oslo, 28.10.21
Transforming Urban Space III: Design
Panel Chair, Big City Conference, Oslo Met, 28.10.21
Ensembles and Assemblages
Paper Presentation, Streams Conference, KTH Stockholm, 3-6.08.21
Making our way out of the Anthropocene
Academic Lecture, Aarhus School of Architecture, 12.05.21
Matters of Concern
Academic Lecture, Aarhus School of Architecture, 30.09.20
Towards a Posthuman Practice for Architecture and Urbanism?
Nordic Journal of Urban Studies, Volume 2, No. 1-2022, p. 89–95
Arkitektur N, Issue 5, 2020
E-flux Architecture, Overgrowth, 2019
NoRS-EH - Norwegian Researcher School in Environmental Humanities
Posthumanism and Design Network