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An installation research project which takes as its medium the site of the Phase Two Building on the Cat Hill Campus of Middlesex University, London (Architects: Howell, Killick and Partridge, 1974) plus the logistic information held in the archives of the architects held by Middlesex University, London.

The research project, Spaces Buildings Make, began with a concern with how architectural histories have been formulated, and with the impact these processes continue to have on how we understand and engage with the built environment. From the beginning, although our work has taken the form of practice, it has been ever mindful of architectural historiography: of the way we undertake the history of architectural history.


The approach enabled the exploration of a historiographic practice that might open up new approaches to understanding how knowledge about architecture and the built environment can be generated, accessed, experienced and embodied. The subject of the investigation is not the architect, the patron or the historian (the traditional protagonists of the discipline of architectural history) but those through whose everyday use these spaces become produced, reproduced, used and experienced. Three years on, it remains a project about the challenges of researching architecture when architecture is understood not as a static object but, to use a phrase of Andrew Benjamin, as a plural work. That is, a work that is not identical to any one material, spatial or performative

representation or manifestation of it protagonists of the discipline of architectural history) but those through whose everyday use these spaces become produced, reproduced, used and experienced. Three years on, it remains a project about the challenges of researching architecture when architecture is understood not as a static object but, to use a phrase of Andrew Benjamin, as a plural work. That is, a work that is not identical to any one material, spatial or performative representation or manifestation of it but as all of these things together: the building, its spaces and the experiences produced by our encounters with these.