Presented by Mel Dodd as part of Melbourne Art Book Fair
This book explores ‘spatial practices’, a loose and expandable set of approaches that embrace the political and the activist, the performative and the curatorial, the architectural and the urban. Acting upon and engaging with the public realm, the field of spatial practices allows people to reconnect with their own sense of agency through engagement in space and place, exploring and prototyping alternative futures in the here and now. The 24 chapters contain essays, visual essays and interviews, featuring contributions from an international set of experimental practitioners including Jeanne van Heeswijk (Netherlands), Teddy Cruz (Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, San Diego), Hector (USA), The Decorators (London) and OOZE (Netherlands). Beautifully designed with full colour illustrations, Spatial Practices advances dialogue and collaboration between academics and practitioners and is essential reading for students, researchers and professionals in architecture, urban planning and urban policy.
Mel Dodd is an architect and academic responsible for practice-based research and pedagogy that bridges the gap between the academic institution and the profession, industry, government and society. She has recently been appointed Professor and Head of Department of Architecture, MADA, Monash University.
Rory Hyde is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne, and a design advocate for the Mayor of London. His latest book as co-editor is Architects After Architecture: Alternative Pathways for Practice.