studio 3

Gonzo is the title of the 1960s hit song of the same name by the New Orleans rhythm and blues pianist James Booker. Hunter Thompson, the inventor of Gonzo Journalism, wanted his work to be read as it was being written. Pure gonzo writing might be writing on the run; what would it mean to think of architecture on the run? Did this exist in the 20th century? Do we have it now?

In this workshop led by Roger Connah it is Gonzo thinking when applied to architecture that interests him most. Ultimately Gonzo thinking connected the participants to new media, for example, twitter and blog-works. It remains to be seen whether it is impossible to be objective anymore. Perhaps any objectivity in architecture is actually a myth and always has been. If we change communication can we then change architecture? The participants of the workshop were inventing, or perhaps only hinting at, Gonzo Architecture by writing it out. An exercise in writing stories, fragments, narratives, biographies were the first part of an exercise in re-communicating architecture. During the second part, the participants built a rapid illustrated Gonzo Glossary of Architecture.

Roger Connah – writer, author of popular architecture books as- Pulp Architecture (2009), Architecture Degree Zero (2008), A House for De Kooning’s Friend (2006), How Architecture Got its Hump (2001); Welcome to the Hotel Architecture (1998); Writing Architecture (1989). At 1990 his book “Writing Architecture: An Architectural” book won the first prize of The CICA International Book Award.

Maria Slavnova – workshop assistant: trained as an artist and architect with collaborative practice which focuses on urban prototyping and social participation, while projects range from ephemeral and conceptual to city wide adopted initiatives. Former collaborator of Rebar Group, Gizmo Art Production and Rock the Bike in San Francisco. Currently a student at Strelka Institute.