AUTHOR: Sascha Roesler, Madlen Kobi
CONTEXT: Seminar FS2019, Accademia di Architettura, Mendrisio
Architectural ethnography is an on-site research method that inquires into the forms, technologies and materials for house construction and also engages with the socio-cultural context of architecture. During longterm fieldwork, architectural ethnography includes surveys of buildings, mapping of sites, participant observation, and interviews with the diverse actors involved in building and inhabiting houses as part of material culture. The immersion of the architect-ethnographer into the everyday local life enables to comprehend and sense architectural cultures, political ecologies, and the socio-technical knowledge characterizing the built environment. Expanding beyond the numerous studies on vernacular housing in rural regions, this seminar highlights the relevance of architectural ethnography for investigating urban areas and, in particular, the microclimates of cities. The discussion focuses on different historical and contemporary ethnographic fieldwork approaches from around the world.