chapter  9
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Repositioning. The after(s) and the end(s) of theory

Theory, perhaps most particularly ‘this thing called architecture theory’, does seem to

remain ever problematic to itself. Yet, at the This Thing Called Theory conference held

in Leeds in 2015, amongst the many international contributors there were no apologists

amongst them and little need to legitimise theory’s necessity. In offering an opening

keynote, I prepared a series of reflections on moments in history where the discipline of

theory was challenged and also where it spontaneously emerged. This repositioning

offers a partial view on those reflections.