Doctoral Consortium: Architecture + Philosophy
What can architects learn from philosophy?
This course introduces the thinking of Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, Gilbert Simondon, Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous, Gilles Deleuze, Fredric Jameson, and Judith Butler, and considers how it might inform the discourse of architecture and urbanism. The course aims to open up new ways of understanding architecture and to introduce a new set of theoretical ‘tools’ to rethink architectural theory.
Each session will consist of presentations by some of the world’s leading architectural theorists, philosophers and cultural theorists, and a subsequent panel discussion.
Please note that times vary due to clock changes and other factors
Fredric Jameson, with guests, Michael Speaks and Michael Hays
Sunday 7 November at 10.00 am EST / 11.00 pm China / 4.00 pm CET)
This month begins with a session on renowned cultural theorist, Fredric Jameson, on 7 November. Jameson is the author of Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, and known as one of the principle theorists of Postmodernism.Our guests on this session include Michael Speaks, Dean of Syracuse School of Architecture, who studied under Jameson for his PhD, and Michael Hays of Harvard GSD, possibly the leading architectural theorist in the world.
Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous, with guests, Peter Eisenman, Bernard Tschumi and Doina Petrescu
Sunday 14 November at 10.00 am EST / 11.00 pm China / 4.00 pm CET
This will be followed by a session on famous French philosophers, Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous, on 14 November. Derrida is, of course, very famous within architectural circles, as the philosopher who coined the term, ‘Deconstruction’. Making guest appearances are renowned architects and theorists, Peter Eisenman and Bernard Tschumi, who both collaborated with Derrida, and architectural theorist and activist, Doina Petrescu, who studied under both Derrida and Cixous in Paris.
Gilles Deleuze, with guest, Hélène Frichot
Saturday 20 November at 8.00 pm EST; Sunday 21 November at 9.00 am China / 2.00 am EST
On 20/21 November we look at Gilles Deleuze, possibly the most significant philosopher for architects in recent years, along with Derrida. We will be joined by Hélène Frichot, Professor of Architecture and Philosophy at RMIT in Australia, and author of two books on Deleuze - Deleuze and Architecture and Deleuze and The City. This session will take place at a slightly unusual time, because Frichot is based in Australia.
Luce Irigaray, with guest Peg Rawes (tbc)
Sunday 28 November at 10.00 am EST / 11.00 pm China / 4.00 pm CET
Finally, on 28 November, we host a session on the French feminist thinker, Luce Irigaray, whose thinking about space has been central to feminist studies in architecture. For this session, we hope to be joined by Peg Rawes, Professor of Architecture and Philosophy at UCL Bartlett, and author of Irigaray for Architects.
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