Marian Macken




University of Sydney


Marian Macken is undertaking her PhD at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, examining the role of artists' books as a documentation of architecture. She completed her Master of Architecture (Research) at the University of Technology Sydney on the topic of representation. She is a designer, part-time educator and maker of artist_s books, recently the winner of the National Artist_s Book Award of the 2010 Australian Libris Awards. She has undertaken various visiting artist residencies, including the Australia Council Visual Arts Board Tokyo studio; at University of the Arts, London; and at Wai-te-ata Press, Wellington. She has published in Architecture Australia, Architectural Theory Review, Reconstruction: Cultural Productions of 9/11 and MC Journal and her work has been acquired by various Australian and international public collections of artists' books.


POP-up: binding landscape architectural learning and bookmaking presented with Fiona Harrisson


This paper will present a practice of producing artists' books in the teaching of design, as a form of alternative architectural and landscape architectural representation and production. Various pedagogical results have arisen from this including the importance of the act of making and of crafting products within design learning. The making of books allows 1:1 scaled objects to be produced so students are working at full scale rather than through an intervening medium. Yet interestingly, these books simultaneously work to scale, due to their content. The artist's book has a strong relationship with the model due to its three-dimensional qualities and the reading of the book as a form of 'folded' model is also explored. Books implicitly embrace the notion of documentation, as records of past events. This requires the students to curate, compile, edit and reformat their work; the books they made held the unfurling narrative. This then allows, and values, documentation to be admitted within the design process. This notion of documentation as interpretation acknowledges the recursive and reflective elements within the design process.

These ideas will be explored through a series of case studies that use artists' books in various ways to teach design, including the book as documenting site analysis, as a generator of design development, as a presentation tool, and the role of hybrid representation. This paper proposes that artists' books offer a lens through which architectural and landscape architectural representation may be examined and critiqued. Artists' books offer a complementary representation to be explored as a new means of investigating spatial interpretations and propositions in three-dimensional form.


Friday 30 September


11:00am - 12.30pm





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