In the August / September issue of PLOT Journal, Matthew Teismann's essay 'Impossible Friendship' was translated into Spanish and published. Originally presented at the What Criticism?conference at Harvard's Graduate School of Design earlier this year, the text challenges the way architects and critics view their role within the larger discourse of the profession.
An impossible friendship is a destiny of opposition. As such, can criticism contribute to architecture, and less discussed, is there merit in an architecture that contributes to a critical, discursive approach to its being-in-the-world? Or are criticism and architectural design, what Leibniz may call, ‘impossibles?’ - destined for strife, looking over their respective shoulders at one another as they walk away in disgust?
Beyond criticism, is architecture itself entangled, where the aesthetic or experiential remains incomplete? Do buildings merely reference themselves, a further detachment from its ultimate critic, its participants? As such, an impossible friendship could be between the physical world and ourselves - a constant battle that we choose to wage. Time tears all things down, and currently we fight it like it is a battle that can be won. Is it necessary; is warring the best route?
For more information on the What Criticism? conference, click here