Transgression will explore the idea that those working on and beyond the architectural periphery can make a positive impact on the mainstream. In much the same way as the avant-garde of a century ago Dada, Surrealism and early Modernism influenced and undermined established thinking and method, it shows how similarly transgressive practices are being adopted by architects to help reinvent and reposition the profession. The transgressive architect engages with conceptual art, pioneers urban intervention, interacts with informal development, breaks barriers of taste, shifts between research and practice, creates critical projects and is an activist and perhaps even a "new Utopian". Contributors include: Can Altay, Kim Dovey, Chris Jencks, David Littlefield, Alistair Parvin, Doina Petrescu and Robin Wilson Featured architects: Atelier d'architecture autogeree, EXYZT, Bernard Khoury, Office for Subversive Architecture and Bernard Tschumi.
5 EDITORIAL Helen Castle 6 ABOUT THE GUEST-EDITORS Jonathan Mosley and Rachel Sara 8 SPOTLIGHT Visual highlights of the issue 14 INTRODUCTION The Architecture of Transgression: Towards a Destabilising Architecture Jonathan Mosley and Rachel Sara 20 Transgression: The Concept Chris Jenks 24 Extenuating Circumstances: Salvaged Landscape Catie Newell 32 Architecture and Transgression: An Interview with Bernard Tschumi Jonathan Mosley and Rachel Sara 38 Transgression and Progress in China: Wang Shu and the Literati Mindset Edward Denison and Guangyu Ren 44 Not Doing/Overdoing: Omission and Excess -Lacaton & Vassal s Place Leon Aucoc, Bordeaux, and Construire s Le Channel, Scene Nationale de Calais, Calais Robin Wilson