Town and Gown, a Pop Up Archive
Table Manners

In “Unleashing the Archive,” Mark Wigley notes that “there is no such thing as designing without an archive... Buildings themselves can be understood as archives, that is, mechanisms for storing, classifying, and making historical research available.” Archives are not neutral, and neither are buildings. If the act of designing is comparable to the archiving gesture, what myths are perpetuated by the construct? During this Table Manners session with Leen Katrib, participants gathered in a pop up archive where they were invited to rummage through a collection of found, scanned, and produced historical materials on the development of the Auraria Campus—with a twist: featuring Mies van der Rohe.