Architectural projects are rarely followed from the inside. Often we have historical accounts of completed buildings that erase the many different trajectories, design moves, decisions, uncertainties, negotiations, and experiences that populate and inform a building project. As a result, our accounts of architecture miss the amount of work through which a building emerges.
Through a multi-sited ethnographic approach informed by Actor-Network Theory, my research follows, over the course of a year, the making of Factory, an ongoing building project in Manchester, UK. Factory, designed by OMA, serves as the prism through which I will trace how a building-in-the-making gathers a diverse body of actors from the architects, engineers, city council members, to the client, and the variety of objects, techniques, and practices through which they coordinate. In this way, we can see how the making of a building is the co-production and co-evolution of the building-in-the-making as well as the ecology of actors around it.