Finney, T.L. 2015, 'The Ground, Object and Strategy: Architectural Transformation in Housing Projects, New York City', Journal of Architecture, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 962-987.
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Kenneth Frampton, in a 1973 Architectural Forum review of the 1968–1973 Bronx-sited Twin
Parks Housing Development in New York City, asked: 'to what purpose do you assign the
space under the pilotis? The problem posed by the pilotis […] is integral to the original
model […] What would the inhabitants of the Ville Radieuse have done with these continuous
arcades? […] This is the typological burden…'
The apparent banality of Frampton's observation obscures what is revealed in the lifting
up of the building on pilotis: the ground itself. Rather than follow Frampton's use of typology
as a descriptive tool in the service of a critical judgement, this paper will instead see the
question of type as one involving a diagnostic and propositional gesture within the design
process itself, and as part of an ongoing and critical questioning of the city. The paper will
explore how the three-dimensional articulation of the ground level evident in a trajectory
of projects in New York City has been a site of concentrated architectural research from
the late nineteenth century through to contemporary approaches to urban intensification.
Here the ground can be seen to be both an object of architectural investigation and
spatial reasoning, and at the same time, to operate at a strategic intersection with the
spatial politics of the liberal metropolis.
Finney, T.L. 2012, 'Love Thy Neighbour', Landscape Architecture China, vol. 5, no. 25, pp. 52-57.
Changing mortgage consumption patterns amongst Generation Y in Australian cities are marking a shift away from suburban living as the aspiration of the majority, toward apartments and a density marked by urban culture and patterns of living - close to amenity and a sociability in cities.
Finney, T.L. 2012, 'Urban Change', Architecture Australia, vol. 101, no. 1, pp. 70-72.
Renew Newcastle marks the formalisation of a legal, contractual and spatial mechanism for urban Renewal that recognises the temporality of urban transformation.
Finney, T.L. 2010, 'The infrastructure of stability', Architectural Design, vol. 80, no. 5, pp. 64-69.
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Afghanistan's key strategical position, lying between Asia and the Middle East, has made it prey to foreign invasion throughout its history. TarshaFinney explains how an existing military infrastructure of airports, roads, accommodation and unskilled concentrations of labour have given the US and its allies an important leg-up in the current conflict, providing what could be perceived to be an underlying structure of stability
Finney, T.L. 2010, 'The Infrastructure of Instability: Afghanistan', Post Traumatic Urbanism: Architectural Design, vol. 80, no. 5, pp. 64-69.
In the insurmountable volatility of the Afghan confl ict, occupying forces build on the structures of previous occupying forces.
Finney, T.L. 2009, 'Review: Depot Beach House by Stutchbury Pape', Monument Magazine, vol. 90, no. April/May.
Finney, T.L. 2009, 'Review: Challenger Workplace.', Monument Magazine, vol. 89, no. Feb/Mar.
Finney, T.L. 2008, 'Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York', Journal of Architecture, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 515-518.
Finney, T.L. 2006, 'Review: Artificial nature 1: Transcapes, digitally mediated Environments', Architecture Review (AR) Australia, vol. -, no. December.
Non traditional outputs
Finney, T.L. 2012, 'Love Thy Neighbour', Multi-Residential Housing and Changing Cities, Landscape Architecture China, Beijing, pp. 52-57.
This collection of writing links emerging patterns of mortgage consumption with future needs of the city in terms of population growth and climate change. It contributes to critical public thinking around questions of urban density and shifts toward multi-residential housing in Australian cities and is positioned within a catalogue of recent publications within architectural literature that look at the role of multi-residential housing in building cities. Central to this is a tension between issues of collective versus individual use and ownership of apartments raised by shrinking dwelling sizes and the emergence of an enlarged social space in new residential buildings the management and etiquette for use of which is still to develop. Spanning both reviews of new multi-residential buildings in Sydney along with a commissioned editorial piece Love Thy Neighbour for the Sydney Morning Herald, this collection of writing responds to research released in 2011 by IPSOS showing that for the first time, mortgage consumption patterns amongst Generation Y consumers is shifting. Traditionally Australians associate property ownership with the domestic and `home ownership, home being a single family suburban dwelling in which to raise a family. Increasingly however, IPSOS found that Gen Y still want to own property, but now they are just as happy buying an apartment which they may or may not live in. This is significance as with the severing of the link between the domestic and property ownership, new opportunities are becoming available to rethink the way we procure, finance and build housing in cities.
Finney, T.L., 'URBAN FUTURES', URBAN FUTURES: Ideas of the City and URBAN FUTURES: Architectural Typology and the Urban Plan., nil, UTS Gallery.
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The URBAN FUTURES events were the first major international tour and exhibition of the work and ideas of Diploma Unit 6 from the Architectural Association, London. The contemporary field of architectural production is dominated by an opposition between self-referential form making and a cultural commentary that gives very little practical traction on the problem of how to build in the city. Driven by project led research through design, the material in this exhibition/symposium has made a significant contribution to both the conversation within the school of architecture at UTS regarding the direction of the MAA in Urban design, but equally it made a contribution at the scale of the city in terms of discussions around the importance of sites such as Barangaroo + the Frasers site.
Finney, T.L., 'CO-ISOLATED', Shed 29 South Sydney Corporate Park, Burke Road Alexandria.
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CO-ISOLATED was an exhibition of new work by the artists Richard Goodwin, Michael Snape and David Burns. The venue was a 3000m2 industrial shed in an industrially zoned part of southern Sydney. Typically, exhibition curation involves the collecting of work for display driven via the logic of a meta narrative and ideology. CO-ISOLATED moved away from this collectivising drive, using instead the aesthetic affect of the work itself as the common thread. Driven by a curator, with an architectural background, shared with two of the three artists, the impetus was to foreground the relationship between space and materiality in the exhibition of work. The exploration of spatial affects via the installation and performance of the art was critical to the project. Co-isolated takes its name from the philosopher Peter Sloterdijk's reference to a kind of alienation. The question that the exhibition asks is: on what grounds can three very disparate works of art be held together? Co-isolated successfully achieved a curatorial logic based on scale, light and movement via the relationship between an audience, the monumental space of the industrial shed in which it was housed, and through the material and performative presence of the work itself. An accompanying catalogue was produced, containing a critical essay by architectural theorist Adrian Lahoud. The exhibition was also supported by a symposium (Saturday 17 April 2010) including theorists Adam Geczy, Adam Jasper, Adrian Lahoud, the artists and me as curator. The exhibition is also touring to NSW regional galleries in Orange and Maitland (2011/2012).