Part 5. Project 3. Research Point: Architectural Palimpsest

In this exercise I am to refer to the set textbook pages 68-70, explore the layering qualities of textiles and give examples of noticeable textile layering.

My first step was to read the pages of the set textbook. It turned out to be a short description of how a 16 year old German artist called Gregor Schneider appears to have moved into a piece of valuable real estate on the site of his fathers lead foundry and rendered it unusable. The textbook calls it a ‘building of intense spatial and temporal dislocation’ which he has produced through constant manipulation of the buildings internal construction. From the photographs the only textiles I can see are the bed coverings, within the text the only mention is of net curtains, so I am a little lost as to what examples of noticeable textile layering I am to comment on.

My remaining task was to find out what Architectural Palimpsest is.

According to the Cambridge English dictionary it is:

a very oldtext or document in which writing has been removed and covered or replaced by new writing
something such as a work of art that has many levels of meaningtypes of style, etc. that build on each other:

To me this could mean several things with reference to Architecture. It could be the re imagining of an inside space in juxtaposition to its external appearance, it could be a deliberate merging of different styles from different ages or it could mean signs that buildings were once used differently in an earlier time. (2019). Architectural Palimpsest – Rethinking the Architecture School. [online] Available at: [Accessed 28 Dec. 2019]. (2019). PALIMPSEST | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary. [online] Available at: [Accessed 28 Dec. 2019].

Torisu, T., Tveito, H. and Beaumont, J. (2019). Palimpsest. [online] Interactive Architecture Lab. Available at: [Accessed 28 Dec. 2019].


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