Architecture + Philosophy, What can architects learn from philosophy


What can architects learn from philosophy?

28 November 10.00 am EST; 4.00 pm CET; 11.00 pm China


Patrik Schumacher is one of the few architects to have been trained also as a philosopher. Here he introduces us to the work of German sociologist and philosopher of social science, Niklas Luhmann, who has had a huge impact on his own architectural theory, especially in terms of the concept of autopoiesis.


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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.

This course is free and open to masters and doctoral students around the world.


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