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 of architecture, as we see it, is the ‘space of experience’. This spatium, which is not to be confused with the ‘experience of space’, does not pre-exist but subsists as a virtuality. Once aesthetics is drawn into the context of production its realm expands to become a dimension of being itself. Both subjects and objects come to be seen as derivative. Consequently, the mereological relationship – which is perfectly suitable for the realm of the extensive – needs to be radically revamped in order to become capable of capturing topological transformations. But what we are advocating is not a formalisable model. Quite the contrary, any technological determinism needs to be kept at bay. What is needed instead is heuristics as a practice of material inference. However disadvantageous this may seem to the architect, it will prove not to be so once we fully grasp the Affective Turn and its implications for the discipline. It might become apparent that it is through habit, rather than attention, and collectivity, rather than individualism, that we find the (royal) road to the understanding of ‘space’, or better still, that we take a (minor) apprenticeship in spatialisation.

Andrej Radman

Harvard Citation Guide: Radman, A. (2014) Ecosophical Cartography: Space Always Comes After, It Is Good Only When It Comes After, International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture, [blog] 19 March 2014, Available at: [Accessed: 01 June 2014].

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