Harvard University

Loopholes: within discourse & practice
Harvard Graduate School of Design
April 15th and 16th, 2005
Organized with Ashley Schaefer and Jonathan Lott

The loophole is a model of opportunistic deviance. Like lawyers exploiting contract ambiguities, financiers engaging in arbitrage, or accountants practicing tax evasion, the loophole suggests an opening for the dexterous professional. Borrowing this concept as a provocation for an architectural mode of operation, the two-day symposium proposed four potential loopholes for architecture: geometry, geography, imaging, and effects. Through a mix of writers and practitioners, established and emerging voices, and critical as well as projective approaches, we hope to discover what it means to practice within the loophole.