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Architecture seems increasingly limited to the production of shiny renderings of shiny buildings (replete with the obligatory blue skies and well-to-do passers-by). Filling up your facebook-wall or twitter-feed via Archdaily or Architizer, this reduction of architecture to a seemingly endless stream of sterile imagery is something Failed Architecture has often criticised.
In these pieces, little space is left for reflection on the historical and social context of the built environment, or for speculation on its future direction. Here, however, we are concerned with the entire life space of a building, the crucial events that shape its development over time, and, of course, its sometimes rather dramatic demise. Indeed, this approach is central to most of our research and teaching.