Migrations from Memory
£15 (forthcoming May 2023)
Aaron Peters, Stuart Vokes (Vokes and Peters), Brit Andresen, Patrick Lynch, Douglas Neale and Elizabeth Musgrave.
Migrations from Memory is an anthology - a collection of offerings reminiscent of a bunch of flowers picked from the roadsides of Brisbane - of words and images by the celebrated Australian architects Vokes and Peters. The book is structured as a series of dialogues, email exchanges that expand upon the themes in essays that grow out of their shared love for the geography and architecture of Brisbane. Accompanying these are essays by the legendary Norwegian architect and teacher Brit Andresen, and London architect Patrick Lynch, as well as conversations with Brisbane colleagues Douglas Neale and Elizabeth Musgrave.
"Practising in partnership means for us participating in a dialogue. This collection of essays is intended to offer an account of our approach to architectural practice, and to reveal how discourse shapes the ways ideas are formed and critiqued within the Vokes and Peters studio. What aim to show is how we work collectively to refine our thoughts, how articulating shared values brings clarity to the design process, and how simple ideas help us to conceive of, and to execute buildings. The book is in fact structured as a series of dialogues, email exchanges that expand upon the themes in essays that grow out of our shared love for the geography and architecture of Brisbane. Most architectural texts project certainty, and to the uninitiated they tend to appear convinced of that certitude. We hope that in contrast, this collection of words and images depicts a practice in the process of forming itself, projecting ideas into a chasm of uncertainty - sometimes even including the occasional dirty word or lame joke, just to remind the reader that we’re a couple of index-finger-typers."
Vokes and Peters