ON FABRICATION: CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN DESIGNERS AND MAKERS. SESSION 2: PETER BALLANTINE DISCUSSES DONALD JUDD. ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION PUBLIC PROGRAMME

2021

Project Role: Organiser and Chair

Project Category: Event

I organised and chaired this series of discussions, which explore the relationship between designing and making, and between designers and makers. The politics, poetics and practicalities involved in this exchange are regularly overlooked, with representation and documentation of completed projects tending to emphasise the role of the designer as sole author. Although a process of design delegation is intrinsic to construction at an architectural scale, the skills and expertise of a projects’ makers are often integral to the development of the design itself. In a year defined by the challenges of working remotely, it seems particularly important to maintain a conversation about working relationships, and to examine the means by which practical experience is exchanged, instructions communicated, and designs developed as shared endeavours.

In the second talk, Peter Ballantine discusses his working relationship with Donald Judd. Judd’s production method involved ‘extreme delegation’, in which decision-making was ceded to those who fabricated works for him. These individuals developed the necessary construction details through their familiarity with traditional carpentry and metal workshop practices. Judd’s practice raises significant ongoing philosophical questions about the politics of fabrication, and the relationship between authorship and authenticity within fabricated designs.