Philosophies is a research seminar that aims to address how the researcher in architecture can make use of the plethora of philosophies available to them, both from within and from without the discipline. The course engages in the reciprocal relationships that can be forged between the disciplines of philosophy and architecture. The first time the course was run, in 2013, it was structured around the thematic matrix of relationality-spatiality-materiality. In 2015 the course was organised in three modules according to the conceptual themes of ecologies-economies-technologies. And now, for the third offering of Philosophies, we will address the general themes of environment-worlds, things, and thinkables. Philosophies is supported by the Swedish research school ResArc, which is a collaboration between the schools of Architecture at KTH, Chalmers, LTH, and Umeå University. The aim of ResArc is to strengthen architectural research, education and collaborative projects at national and international levels. ResArc was launched in February 2012 and is coordinated and administered by the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at Lund University. ResArc received funding from the Swedish Research council FORMAS 2011 in a total effort that also includes the two strong research environments Architecture in Effect and Architecture in the Making.
Course designer, co-ordinator, examiner: Dr Hélène Frichot, Director of Critical Studies in Architecture, KTH Architecture, Stockholm, Sweden