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CFA Issue 24: On Water: The Aqueous in Architecture



Interstices: Journal of Architecture & Related Arts – Issue 24

On Water: The Aqueous in Architecture


John Singer Sargent, “Moonlight On Waves” (circa 1876) [Graphite on off-white paper. Source: Wikimedia Commons, image gifted by Mrs Francis Ormond, 1950]


For us humans, the flow and flush of waters sustain our own bodies, but also connect them to other bodies, to other worlds beyond our human selves. Indeed, bodies of water undo the idea that bodies are necessarily or only human.
Astrida Neimanis (2016)[1] 

Tell me what infinity attracts you, and I will know the meaning of your world. Is it the infinity of the sea, or the sky, or the depths of the earth, or the one found in the pyre.

Gaston Bachelard (2011)[2]


Water makes its presence felt, and increasingly so. It emerges from our mouths in vaporous clouds, bulges as the moon encircles the earth, and inundates cities. Water’s actions and its flowing intelligence are the focus of Issue 24 of Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts.

We call for work that extends contemporary, historical, and cross-cultural understandings of the aqueous in architecture. Our scope is broad in scale from the atmospheric and the planetary, to the scale of the body, blood, cells, to infinitesimal waves shimmering in subatomic worlds. We are interested in water’s aleatory effects on architecture and its potential to prompt ideas at the edge of its substantialist comprehension. Proposals are sought for writing on water’s metaphorical force, its schlieren image-like dynamics, its creative co-agency—as material entity and legal person—its ‘view,’ in other words on how architecture might be formed, thought about, created, or occupied by the elemental force of water.

We invite abstracts describing paper and creative practice proposals that will focus on the critical and immediate of water: as a resource; as an element capable of determining global futures; as a figure for grasping global economics (at the level of ‘liquidly’ and capital flows, themselves integral to architectural production); as a trope for modern societal formations (via Zygmunt Bauman’s notion of ‘liquid modernity’); with the ocean’s vast infrastructural and organizational remaking (as recognized by Nancy Couling and Carola Hein in The Urbanisation of the Sea); as an element indicative of human evolutionary factors (via say, Mark and Dianna McMenamin’s, Hypersea: Life on Land); and as a focus for drawing on posthuman and gender-critical inquiry (for example, Astrida Neimanis’, Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology).

Water is rich and multifaceted, but relates particularly to the geographic, geologic, and cultural specificity of Aotearoa New Zealand. This is particularly so given recent understandings of Zealandia as a largely submerged ancient ‘supercontinent’, for which the landmass of Aotearoa is but a modest series of ridges emerging from the sea. In this issue we further emphasise both the broadly global implications of the aqueous in architecture and spatial production, and also place-specific dimensions with the arising and maintaining of cultural and creative life in the South Pacific (as, for example, suggested by Damon Salesa in An Indigenous Ocean (2013)).

[1] Astrida Neimanis, Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology (London, UK: Bloomsbury, 2016), 2.

[2] Gaston Bachelard, Air and Dreams, trans. Edith Farrell (Dallas, TX: Dallas Institute of Publishing, 2011).

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