We want to move beyond thinking of architecture as an object.

Architecture is not separate from us--it is not something to be judged merely by its formal properties, its satisfaction of programmatic concerns or its performance in terms of technical parameters. We are not dismissing the importance of these factors but wish to enrich them, to understand and articulate how architecture can capture and express unseen layers of meaning and purpose. We want to think of architecture as a verb, a mover, a shaper, an active agent in human flourishing. In order to appreciate the potential power of architecture we want to explore the experience of architecture, and the intimately related experience of making architecture. Turning our attention to experience requires that we listen to and consider knowledge from a full array of disciplines. Experience is multi-dimensional, multi-directional, irreducible. Experience always supercedes, flows over any boundary that attempts to circumscribe it.


While advances in the biological and neurosciences have radically expanded our understanding of ourselves and our interdependence with the environment, we have scarcely acknowledged how architecture and the built environment impact and shape human culture, experience and possibility. We can no longer consider buildings to be inert objects, but rather as bounded, supportive, developmental fields; therefore, rather than focusing on architecture per se, we seek to understand the process of making and experiencing architecture--the richly complex ground where long cherished divisions between inner and outer worlds dissolve. Our aim is to understand relationships and interdependencies, to translate thought into action and, as our name suggests, to weave multiple disciplinary strands together in a mutually enlightening way.

Mission statement

Intertwining is an international, interdisciplinary journal dedicated to understanding the experience and making of architecture. We include the voices of science alongside those of the arts, as both ways of knowing are critical to the multidimensional nature of our inquiry.


Alessandro Gattara, Sarah Robinson, Davide Ruzzon

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