January - September 2013
This course aims to address how the researcher in architecture can make use of the plethora of philosophies available to them, both from within and from without the discipline. The course places a special emphasis on the two-way conceptual traffic between architecture and philosophy, in the recognition of the reciprocal relationship of influence these two disciplines have historically maintained with respect to each other. What are the strategies and tactics that can be fruitfully employed to engage in diverse philosophies from the point of view of the discipline of architecture? How does the architectural researcher maintain a creative and critical relay between theory and practice? How can concepts and arguments (drawn from philosophy and elsewhere) be mobilized by the architectural researcher?
This course engages in the reciprocal relationships that can be forged between the disciplines of philosophy and architecture, and is structured around the thematic matrix of relationality-spatiality-materiality, further defined across three modules: 1. critical and participatory philosophies; 2. feminist and minoritarian philosophies; 3. posthumanist and new materialist philosophies.