public works was part of the Concrete Geometries Symposium at the Architectural Association last December, an the paper from then is now part of the Concrete Geometries exhibition, and has lent the subtitle.

Concrete Geometries
The Relational in Architecture

Front Members’ Room
7–27th May 2011
Mon–Fri 10am–7pm
Sat 10am–3pm

Private view
Friday 6 May 2011
6.30–8.30pmArchitectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES
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A corridor, so narrow that strangers brush shoulders; a platform through a densely inhabited house, changing the relationship between inhabitant and visitor; a room reshaped through a graphic pattern; a space under a motorway, sloped in a way that it is rendered useless for those who need it most.

These are four of twenty projects investigating how geometric aspects of space such as size, shape or relative position of figures are perceived and influence behavior, not in an abstract sense but in ways that are real. This exhibition, curated by Marianne Mueller and Olaf Kneer, features recent work of artists, architects and researchers, who are exploring this subject through projects and texts. It also contains a site specific intervention by artist Fran Cottell reclaiming the Front Member's Room as a space of debate for the duration of the exhibition.

The event is part of Concrete Geometries, an ongoing interdisciplinary AA research initiative, investigating the social and experiential value of architectural form – its relational potential.

With works by BAR Architekten, Barkow Leibinger, Adrian Blackwell + Jane Hutton, Brandlhuber + ERA Emde Schneider, Fran Cottell, Anthony Coleman, Easton+Combs, Lukas Einsele, Bettina Gerhold, Jaime Gili, Susanne Hofmann/Baupiloten, IwamotoScott, Graziela Kunsch & Rafi Segal, Christine Rusche, Kai Schiemenz, SMAQ, SPAN Architecture & Design, Atelier Tekuto, Studio Elmo Vermijs and Vincent Wittenberg. Words by Matthias Ballestrem, Kathrin Böhm/public works, Isabelle Doucet and Toni Kotnik,
The exhibition has been supported by CCW Graduate School, the Embassy of the Netherlands and the Austrian Cultural Forum in London.