Pavilion Propositions
Nine Points on an Architectural Phenomenon
Wouter Davidts, John Macarthur, Susan Holden, Ashley Paine


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Pavilion Propositions addresses the contemporary pavilion phenomenon and those often temporary and functionless architectural structures commissioned and exhibited by art institutions around the world (including the annual Serpentine Pavilion in London, Young Architects Program in New York and the MPavilion in Melbourne).

Contemporary Architecture, Essay / Literature
Despite its ubiquity, and popular success, the contemporary pavilion has been inconsistently theorized and frequently disparaged. This thought-provoking book reclaims the pavilion as an architectural topic, against those who would dismiss the phenomenon as symptomatic of a simple or absolute exhaustion of the critical potential of architecture's intersection with art. The pavilion phenomenon also occasions a timely interrogation of larger questions that concern the changing relations between culture and the economy - changes that are shifting the planes on which architecture and art meet.

Susan Holden is an architect, architectural educator and researcher with a PhD in Architecture from the University of Queensland (2014), and professional qualifications and experience.
Ashley Paine is an architect and Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland.
John Macarthur is Professor of architecture at the University of Queensland where he conducts research and teaches in the history and theory of architecture, and in architectural design.
Wouter Davidts teaches at the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning and the Department of Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies of Ghent University (UGent).

95 pages
Paperback, 16.5x23.5 cm
Valiz, 1st edition 2018
ISBN 9789492095503