On Collecting

Niall Hobhouse

The following text is an excerpt from a conversation between Niall Hobhouse and Farshid Moussavi, published in FunctionLab, Issue #14: Collecting.

This thrill in informally assembling material of different types from different centuries and places into narratives that are new and unfamiliar is based on probing what can be learned from the drawings themselves. Perhaps also to incite more and more varied use of them as cultural documents, as stimuli to new ideas in design, or as provocations for apprentice architects. Our collaborator, Markus Lähteenmäki, has a good riff about making the drawings into active performers in the curatorial process, and Sasha Brodsky describes his visits as ‘swimming through architecture’.