What is the function of gossip in architecture? Let’s face it, architects don’t openly criticize or debate each others work in public; they prefer to gossip within their chosen networks, aiding social bonding through subtle passive aggression. Gossip has always been around in architecture as one of the oldest ways of sharing, maneuvering and convincing. But how does it manifest itself today within the instant culture of internet and social media? What is the role of gossip in contemporary networking? Has the logic of gossip and instant gratification also penetrated what we used to call architectural critique? How does the world of architecture really work? Why are some more successful than others? Why do some get their projects built and others not? Are they better architects? How important are networks? How do they work? Why don’t the best projects always win the competition? Behind every project, office or architect there is a story that reveals the truth of how it really happened and why. As well as critical articles, we are looking for the intimate facts, the dirt, the misinformation, the great scandal and the brilliant cover-up story from the factory floors of architecture.
Gossip! Send your abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 4th of January 2012. Deadline for final submissions is the 1st of March.