History, criticism, and place: Rory spence and Richard Leplastrier in conversation

Mat Hinds, Adrian Carter, Jeff Malpas

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Abstract

Rory Spence and Richard Leplastrier shared a conversation and friendship
that lasted 20 years until Spence?s death in 2004. The discussions focused
largely upon issues of place, distilled through the practice of Leplastrier, as
well as the humanist criticism and writing of Spence – whose sensibility was
steeped in Quaker values. Spence?s critique and Leplastrier?s practice
ascribes to an appreciation of architecture as an act of life engendering form,
and belongs to a pluralistic understanding of place. By virtue of their close
friendship, their ongoing discussions formed a mode of place engagement in
and of itself, which was attenuated against memory, nature, and the
circumstances of their dialogue. Through the peculiar and close connection
they shared, as well as through Leplastrier?s work, and Spence?s writing more
broadly, questions of place reinforced the view that such an engagement is
strengthened by virtue of its relation to both people and the land
simultaneously.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication29th SAHANZ Conference 2012 Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationMyth, Nature, Heritage
EditorsS King, A Chatterjee, S Loo
Place of PublicationLaunceston, Australia
PublisherSociety of Architectural Historians
Pages401-419
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)978-1-86295-658-2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand : Myth, Nature, Heritage - University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia
Duration: 5 Jul 20128 Jul 2012
Conference number: 29th
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Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand
Abbreviated titleSAHANZ Conference 2012
CountryAustralia
CityLaunceston
Period5/07/128/07/12
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    Hinds, M., Carter, A., & Malpas, J. (2012). History, criticism, and place: Rory spence and Richard Leplastrier in conversation. In S. King, A. Chatterjee, & S. Loo (Eds.), 29th SAHANZ Conference 2012 Proceedings : Myth, Nature, Heritage (pp. 401-419). Launceston, Australia : Society of Architectural Historians .