Stories & Projects

Public lecture: Performance Architecture – Action and as Poetic Provocation


In his lecture Matthew Butcher presented both speculative and built projects. 

Matthew Butchers work and research focuses on how the nature of an architecture, formed from actions, can be understood as a means to operate as a poetic provocation against certain social and political contexts that the work exists within, both physically and conceptually.  

In particular the work seeks to explore how a design-based research practice, defined as performance architecture, can develop a speculative response to the very particular environmental conditions that are occurring due to global warming.

His project The Flood House, developed in collaboration with Jes Fernie and Focal Point Gallery in Southend and The Mansio, was nominated for the 2017 Architects Journal Small Projects Prize. The  Flood House is a weather stations which aims to monitor tide fluctuations. It is located in the seasonally flooded landscape of southern England where the River Thames meets the North Sea.


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Emelie El-Habta, Administrator at Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå University

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