Offramp 17

Summer 2020

Art(i)fact

ar·ti·fact

/ˈärdəfakt/

noun

1. An object that is made by a person, especially something of historical or cultural interest
2. Something observed in a scientific investigation or experiment that is not naturally present but occurs as a result of the preparative or investigative procedure

This issue aims to explore artifacts from a disciplinary approach, both as an objective and subjective matter, an artifact that could be understood not only as a Fact but also as the state of the Art. Critical questions are raised here regarding the position of matters of fact in architectural history, philosophy, and design. In our discipline, we constantly “build” intellectual and concrete artifacts, which not only brings the physical or digital object into existence but also the discourse built around it.

If facts imply certainty and probabilistic assurance while design signifies an act of subjectivity and speculation, does that make architecture more artifactual than factual? If the discipline rests on the aggregation of individual conceptualizations and beliefs, doesn’t that make it less empirical and more aesthetic? Is the intellectual collective consensus sufficient to constitute facts in the architectural discourse?

Editors

Offramp is a non-profit academic journal published by SCI-Arc. It’s 17th issue, launching Summer 2020, is edited by Mohamed Badawi, Soledad Chamorro, Emiliano Espasandin and Roshanak Ghezelbash, all from the Design Theory and Pedagogy program.