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Manor Lessons

Commons Revisited. Teaching and Research in Architecture

Edited by Harry Gugger
Edited by Sarah Barth
Edited by Augustin Clément
Edited by Alexandros Fotakis
Edited by Amy Perkins


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  • An urbanistic investigation of the English manor house and how the Manorial System can serve as testing ground for a modern understanding of landownership in the capitalist age
  • Visualises recent research findings of EPFL’s Laboratory Basel (laba) in striking informative graphics, maps, and photographs
  • Features proposals for architectural interventions by laba’s students
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Our contemporary condition, governed by the abstract apparatus of the capitalist market, demands a critical reading of the distribution, ownership, and use of common resources such as land. This is especially true in Britain with its long history of privatisation stemming from land enclosure. The latest research campaign of Laboratory Basel (laba), a satellite studio of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, investigated the English manor house and how it can serve as a testing ground to reassess Britain’s complex and ongoing relationship with the countryside.

The south-west of England, the most rural region of one of the more densely populated countries in Europe, reflects all the absurdities of a globalised country under pressure to develop economically, physically and environmentally. Highly protected landscapes, both natural and composed, form the backdrop to historic seats of political power and wealth, whilst sites of intense modern productivity are neatly concealed behind natural veils.

Manor Lessons: Commons Revisited, the concluding volume of laba’s Teaching and Research in Architecture series, explores the lessons that can be learned from the compound history of the Manorial System, whose forgotten feudalistic origins were once rooted in the idea of the land, not as private property but as common ground.

About the Author
Harry Gugger is professor of architecture and director of Laba, a Basel-based satellite studio of the EPFL’s School of Architecture, where Sarah Barth and Amy Perkins are working as research assistants, and Augustin Clément and Alexandros Fotakis as teaching assistants.
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Park Books
3rd Mar 2021
Paperback / softback
World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
310 mm x 210 mm
200 Pages
248 color, 110 b&w
Name of series
Teaching and Research in Architecture
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