AUTHOR: Sascha Roesler
CONTEXT: Book publication "Weltkonstruktion. Der aussereuropäische Hausbau und die moderne Architektur – ein Wissensinventar," Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag, 2013
KEYWORDS: Architectural Anthropology, Architectural Ethnography, Global Construction, Postcolonial Theory, Vernacular and Informal Architecture
With his “Weltkonstruktion” publication, Sascha Roesler offers the first intellectual history on ethnographic research conducted by modern architects. The publication goal was to document the relevance of this history for today’s constructive thinking in architecture. The modern architects’ empirical exploration of domestic buildings outside Europe uncovered the narrowings of modern concepts of construction, and made their epistemic limitations visible. In the ethnographic discourses about popular building outside Europe, parameters related to building that the architecture discipline – owing to time constrictions, or theoretical and ideological reasons – had neglected, may reconsidered again. In lieu of construction’s usual orientation towards load-bearing structures, novel conceptual fields of reference appear, highlighted as thermodynamic or symbolically structured materiality.
“Roesler has struck an epistemological goldmine.” (Prof. Dr. Stephan Trüby, TU Munich)
“It is a unique book, as it is written by someone who knows intimately about architecture and building technology and writes from the viewpoint of architectural construction, yet it is a history of ethnography.” (Dr. Michael Guggenheim, University of London)