Touch the Ideal Allusion, by Jason Bailey

This research considers the philosophies of phenomenology, metaphysics and aesthetic theory using inquiry as a method. It addresses three key questions. One, what constitutes architecture as the ‘The Ideal Allusion”? Two, how can architecture as the aesthetic experience of phenomenon exist beyond ethics? And three, can architecture, as a mode of representation, inform an aesthetic experience of space?

In order for the aesthetics of human space to be actualized designers must begin to question their intentions. The nature of architecture is only recognizable as an Ideal reification because the allusion is bound to the maker’s intentionality. The Ideal is the realization of phenomenal architecture. It is not possible for phenomenology to inform the built environment independent of architectural ideals. The ideal is what allows architects to explore the potential of phenomenology to affect the built environment. Buildings are the embodiment of societal and culture values. Architecture is the actualization of phenomenon.

This presentation locates architecture as a corporeal form and the value of meaning derived from the exploration of architectural ideas. Many scholars have focused on the concretization of thoughts regarding building materials and how they are used to produce ideas. However, there exists a gap in the scholarly literature regarding the experience of and how architecture is formed. The experience of phenomena as natural regarding architecture differs from the inevitable residue of economy that is the built environment. Aesthetics locate the exploration, expression and touch of experience that locate cultural codes relative to the allusion of architecture. The expression of architecture is engendered by cultural constructs that are bound to the natural environment in order to exist as such.

Discussions among architects and landscape urbanist suggest that designer must address how the urban environment will be situated in the future. This study initiates and invites a discussion about what it aesthetics mean in the context of architecture, as well as the very nature of architecture itself.

Jason Bailey, Iowa State University, USA

Harvard Citation Guide: Bailey, J. (2012) Touch the Ideal Illusion, International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture, [blog] 06 May 2012, Available at: [Accessed: 01 June 2012].

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