Speaking of Buildings: Oral History in Architectural Research

  • Stead, Naomi (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Gosseye, Janina (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • van der Plaat, Deborah (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Description

Historically, the architect has had a privileged role speaking of and for buildings, an interlocutor translating their messages and stories for a broader audience. Buildings are mute: they will not speak for themselves, they do not speak to us. But what of the other people who can speak for, and about, and within buildings? What stories might they tell, and about what as-yet unspoken aspects of architecture? More importantly, what might it mean for architecture, as a practice and a discipline, if these diverse voices were more included? 'Speaking of Buildings', a book published by Princeton Architectural Press, and edited by Naomi Stead, Janina Gosseye and Deborah van der Plaat provides the first comprehensive account, and theorization, of oral history as a method in architectural research.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/06/1831/07/19