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This essay examines a collaborative material practice between two women that is imbued with such witchery. The collaboration is between Trish Belford, a renowned textile designer and researcher, and myself, Ruth Morrow, architect and academic. Our working relationship stems from a mutual interest and respect for each other’s discipline, but we quickly decided on the utopian challenge of making hard things soft as a means to bring purpose and focus to our collaborative practice. The ambition of the project also draws on a long-term engagement with inclusive design and feminist critiques of the built environment that I as an architect have previously been involved in . Two observations that evolved out of inclusive design thinking were: the paucity of sensory stimulation in the built environment, and that: the majority of materials, products and systems that make up the built environment are designed to meet a technical specification and not a human specification. These observations combined with an understanding that feminist practice demands a conceptual shift meant that the work of Tactility Factory has sought to strategically contribute to the built environment not in form, but rather in detail and concept. This is a deliberate push to link conceptual and utopian thinking with the experienced narratives of every-day spatial encounters, through a practice-based and situated methodology.
|Title of host publication||Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice: Materialisms, Activisms, Dialogues, Pedagogies, Projections|
|Editors||Meike Schalk, Therese Kristiansson, Ramia Maze|
|Place of Publication||Baunach, Germany|
|Publisher||Spurbuchverlag: Art Architecture Design Research|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 13 Jun 2017|
|Name||Art Architecture Design Research|
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Ruth Morrow (Advisor)04 May 2017
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Ruth Morrow (Speaker)24 Nov 2016
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Public lecture/debate/seminar