Jane Rendell

As a writer, researcher and pedagogue, my work – individual and collaborative – over the past 25 years has explored various interdisciplinary intersections and transdisciplinary crossings: feminist theory and architectural history, fine art and architectural design, autobiographical writing and criticism, psychoanalysis and architecture, ethics and situated practice. This website contains all kinds of writing: including excerpts and abstracts of refereed articles, books, chapters, catalogue essays and transcripts of walks and talks to descriptions of projects and works.

I started out as an architectural designer and came to architectural history later, and then moved into teaching art practice, and now to writing art, architectural and cultural critique and teaching architectural history/theory and critical spatial practice and site-writing. I have established history/theory courses which bring processes from fine art practice and architectural design to inform the production of writings which operate between history/theory/criticism and design exploring the creative potential of critical writing as a form of critical spatial practice, most recently the new MA Situated Practices at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

I have been interested in generating new interdisciplinary concepts and processes such as ‘critical spatial practice’ first introduced in my article ‘A Place Between Art, Architecture and Critical Theory’, Proceedings to Place and Location (Tallinn, Estonia, 2003), pp. 221-33 (published in English and Estonian) and later consolidated and developed in my book Art and Architecture: A Place Between (London: IB Tauris, 2006), and ’site-writing’ first initiated as a pedagogic tool through site-specific writing courses at the Bartlett from 2001, and then as a mode of spatializing art-writing first in Jane Rendell, ‘Site-Writing’, Sharon Kivland, Jaspar Joseph-Lester and Emma Cocker (eds), Transmission: Speaking and Listening, vol. 4, (Sheffield Hallam University and Site Gallery, 2005), pp. 169–76 and then brought together as a collection of essays and works in Site-Writing: The Architecture of Art Criticism (London: IB Tauris, 2010).

My more recent work has explored the transitional spaces between architecture and psychoanalysis, in the Architecture of Psychoanalysis (London: IB Tauris, 2017), as well as ethical issues around the housing crisis, in, for example, my article ‘Arry’s Bar’, in Re-activating the Social Condenser (2017), a special issue of The Journal of Architecture, that I co-edited with Dr Michal Murawski, and mining and sustainability,  in my fictionella, Silver (2016) part of A Published Event.

‘For quite a while I have been following your research and writings with great interest and admiration. Your contributions to the expansion of theory and practice have been an important source of inspiration and encouragement for my own personal art/architectural research and curatorial investigations, and have helped bolster the ever-evolving trajectory of our organization. Thank you :)’

Carolyn Strauss, SLOW RESEARCH LAB

‘Your writings offer unending inspiration for both theoretical and design explorations into feminist, situated practice … both your previous scholarship on experimental feminist practices and your pedagogical work on Situated Practice at the Bartlett.’

Bryony W Roberts

‘Critical spatial practice has shaped so much of my thinking and approach to making art, teaching, and studying with and through the built environment.’

Dr Shauna Janssen, Assistant Professor | Specialization in Performance Creation | Department of Theatre, Affiliate | Department of Geography, Planning & Environment, Director | Institute for Urban Futures , Concordia University Research Chair | Performative Urbanism (2018-2023)

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