Thinking, practice, and the production of social space, by Jacob Voorthuis

Philosophy should surely be concerned with the analysis and critique of questions regarding any aspect of any discipline. Philosophy in architecture might then concern itself with the analysis and critique of questions concerning architecture as a human product and design as an aspect of human endeavour. Architecture’s engagement with theory and practice form the subject […]

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Ecosophical Cartography: Space Always Comes After, It Is Good Only When It Comes After, by Andrej Radman

The degree zero of spatial experience occurs at the level of the unconscious and is proto-subjective and sub-representational. In terms of architectural thinking everything begins from the sensible. However, the task of speculative thinking is to go beyond the sensible to the potentials that make sensibility possible. After all, the basic medium of the discipline […]

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Taking Architectural Claims More Seriously: Philosophy and Research Methodology, by Pieter Vermaas

Philosophy may contribute to architecture by analysing claims made in architecture, by identifying their empirical content and by giving methods to test their truth. My case is a claim made as part of the development of computer supported tools for architectural design. The claim concerned a Shape Grammar Systems that can generate designs for refurbishing […]

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Philosophy of Architecture: Its Relation to Architectural Theory and its Place within Philosophy, by Christoph Baumberger

In the last few years, it has occasionally been suggested to acknowledge the philosophy of architecture as a new philosophical sub-discipline which embraces the various philosophical approaches to architecture. My presentation scrutinizes how well founded this proposal is, and how one could develop it further. Hence, I open with a general characterization of the philosophy […]

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The Role of Art in Moral-Emotional Reflection on Technological Risks, by Sabine Roeser

Current debates about technological risks such as nuclear energy, climate change and genetic modification are frequently heated and end up in stalemates, due to the scientific and moral complexities of these risks. In my previous research I have shown why and how taking emotions seriously is crucial in debates about technological risks, because emotions point […]

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Architecture’s Color Games: investigating Wittgenstein’s color philosophy, by Carolyn Fahey

Wittgenstein’s spatially defined investigations of transparency provide the basis for understanding how accounts of color in architecture are present and active. Through a series of investigations Wittgenstein engages color as an experiential phenomenon of our being in the world. He engages many ordinary questions surrounding the physics of energy, the physiology of the body, and […]

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Philosophy and Architecture in Contemporary Architectural Education, by Branko Mitrovic

My presentation surveys the problems and dilemmas pertaining to the introduction of philosophical contents in architectural education. Paradoxically, since the 1980s (at least), the culture of architectural academia has been marked by substantial hunger for philosophical material on the one hand and a refusal to engage with philosophical arguments on the other. I will try […]

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