Capital of Feedback: Cedric Price’s Oxford Corner House (1965–66)

  • Nina Stener Jørgensen Estonian Academy of Arts, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning

Abstract

The body of work by British architect Cedric Price (1934–2003) is largely concerned with architecture’s relationship to technology and its impact on society. As contemporary architecture finds itself confronted with similar issues today, Price’s designs are being revisited and hailed for their prospective and inventive visions. As such, it seems timely to ask if Price’s designs can be regarded as precedents for future projects that aim to couple participation and technology through architectural design.

In this article, I depart from the economic logic of today’s digital platforms to analyse the participatory elements Cedric Price designed for Oxford Corner House (1965–66) to be ‘self-participatory entertainment’. As user participation has gradually been capitalised on through the evolution of digital technologies, I argue that the conditions for what participatory architecture entails have changed in turn. Whereas Price regarded the transfer of information as an activity for users of the Oxford Corner House to engage with freely, the operation of today’s digital platforms instead suggests that such activities are entirely facilitated in order to retrieve information from its users. In order to make this argument, I look at how Cedric Price envisioned digital technologies to sustain participation and in turn how he understood the concept of user participation and its relation to the architectural programme.

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Author Biography

Nina Stener Jørgensen, Estonian Academy of Arts, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning

Nina Stener Jørgensen is a PhD researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts, Faculty of Architecture, where she graduated from in 2018 with a MSc. Engineering in Urban Studies. Her PhD research focuses on mapping out what could be referred to as a post-participatory condition in architecture.

How to Cite
JØRGENSEN, Nina Stener. Capital of Feedback. FOOTPRINT, [S.l.], v. 13, n. 2, p. 25-46, dec. 2019. ISSN 1875-1490. Available at: <https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/footprint/article/view/3409>. Date accessed: 28 mar. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.7480/footprint.13.2.3409.
Published
2019-12-12