Architecture + Philosophy research seminar, ResArc, Sweden: Dr Hélène Frichot, Critical Studies in Architecture, KTH Stockholm


Diary Gossip: Notes on Philosophies and Architecture

by fridarosenberg

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Gossip entails spectacle and it presents evidence which may or may not have credibility, yet regardless of its origin it performs and itexceeds any distinction between truth or falsity, fact or fiction.” Why is gossip important? It provides the means to pass a message and it is the cheapest most useful way to test a scenario.

Ali Visits Uncle Aldo

by bradyburroughs

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Meet Ali. Ali is 7 years old and has an Uncle Aldo who is a famous architect. Ali set off to visit Uncle Aldo in his row house in Bergamo, Italy, but upon arrival, Ali found that a Swedish-American PhD student had occupied the unit and was illegally renovating it, in the name of feminist architectural research! Uncle Aldo’s bull terrier was still wandering around outside the building, and would bark every time a paper airplane whizzed through the air, launched from the balcony of the gallery.

Past Glories in a New Light. On the Making of Swedish 20th Century Modern Furniture Classics

by annawahloo

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This conceptual coloring in-book is a result from the ResArc PhD-course Philosophies – Architecture in Effect that I participated in spring 2013 at KTH, Stockholm. I have chosen own conceptual clusters along the course. Some of them will be a start or a contribution to a chapter in my thesis. Each cluster, in total six, discusses a question, raises an issue or is a comment to the modern classic. It is full of loose strings and questions that will be further explored.

Edges of Xtreme

by obannova

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I put these thoughts here searching for life elements that may affect living environment pushing it towards the edge of well-being. I also hope that this work may help me to understand how a place or situation becomes critical for people and what can be done to make the situation if not fully acceptable but at least less intimidating or menacing to people who have to deal with it. These edges are not equal by any meaning with some being quite obvious while others may be easily argued. In any case they worth to investigate and consider.

Pedestrian arrivals: a phenomenological study of spatiality and walking in urban settings

by kajsakorner


I am trying to find a way to capture the intangible of tangible. The visible made invisible. The neglected. Maybe the unwanted and even undesirable. The objectionable.  Sometimes obnoxious. The abandoned and the ignored. The overlooked and well known. The common. The public. The reciprocal and shared. There has to be conflicts and dissensus. Clashing opinions. Contradictions and variations. Nuances. Embodied experiences. It most definitely will be a subjective matter. A subjective matter of walking.

Theory in the Making

by katja2013


Right from the start of the PhD course ‘Philosophies’ at the KTH in Stockholm I deliberately wanted to experiment with ‘applying’ the selected theory readings from the philosophies course to my PhD case study, the China Central Television Headquarters in Beijing (CCTV) by Rem Koolhaas. This making theory operational, or as Jane Rendell puts it; a self-reflexive mode of theoretical work (as a tool); as a chance not only to reflect on existing conditions, but also to imagine something different, to transform rather than to describe (text 2 in this booklet), is relevant only when situated, and partial as Donna Haraway explains. Objectivity and the possibility to make rational knowledge claims should be based on partial perspective, location, positioning, situating and the activation of the object. The objectivity in partial perspective ‘situated knowledge’ is about being transparent and clear about ones position (text 4).

The questions, observations and associations that emerged out of this combination of specific theory and my project, where guided by my main PhD research question. How can, while engaging with the paradoxical and complex realities of the modern everyday, through different techniques of estrangement (micro-politics), architecture as unique spatial and aesthetic knowledge, in its presence (autonomy) and representation, play a role in transforming reality? How can through techniques of estrangement a questioning, unfinishedness/ imperfection, a situated freedom, or as Harraway calls it the partial perspective, be enacted in a project.


Sandra Kopljar Great Expectations

by sandra695



by sepidehkarami


Franz Kafka writes, “A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us”. Foucault considers knowledge “not for knowing” but “for cutting”. In both quotes, the action, the move and consequently ‘change’ and ‘revolution’ is the fundamental message. What matters is not the theory or knowledge itself but what it can do. In fact the knowledge or theory is built while operating, affecting or changing; its credibility and reliability is hinged to its performative affects.  Hence the “cut” and the “stroke” suggest how theory should perform within the reality outside, in everyday life, in politics and in history, in time and space. Theory should be the ax to break down the frozen and solidified routines to let the sea overflow, spill and become “practice” in each of its stroke. Theory is not separable from practice if it is supposed to be applied and become effective.

The following collection is produced in three different modules of PhD Philosophy course at KTH. In each text that is basically a reflection on the collection of readers in different conceptual clusters, I have tried to keep close to my own thematic research on one hand and investigate it in close relation to practice of architecture on the other. It has been an effort to see how each conceptual cluster could be applied in practice and what are the possibilities and potentials for opening up new concepts while being put to work. I have tried to test the relation of each theoretical discussion to reality, through, movie, literature and architecture. As my own research interest is summed up under the title of “revolution”, my goal has been more or less to study each cluster through the lens of ‘change’ and ‘revolution’. It’s why the ‘act’ itself becomes the fundamental search for me in theory; the small and tiny acts, which are capable of making changes and revolutionizing our routines and what we are immersed in without being aware of.

Residents and Space

by annabraideeriksson

Conclusions in the colouring-in book are made on two subjects; The role of the housing market and The meaning of home.

Housing market prepossess conditions that makes major imprints on the subject of residential mobility and residential design. The situation on the housing market right now with many instigators acting with different agendas for own private causes and for a seemingly common best makes residents become wind vanes in a game where market rules. This situation influence residential design in new housing production and thus becomes a factor in my ongoing thesis work with flexible residential design and social sustainability.

Home usually is described as a place of identity and belonging, being not only the space inside our homely walls but the extended space we comprise in a daily life, the grocery shop, the neighbors, the close-by park. Today, with major distances to span to daily work and social life and with a life-world extending on the internet, the “home” becomes more fragmented and the role of physical space can be questioned. The meaning of home, how we use it and length of time span living in one residence connects to my thesis work as closely related to the residential design and flexibility issues.

I realise now, after having made conclusions, that I dwell on the edge of a large field of questions dealing with definitions of residential space. Physical and social space are two aspects of how we understand the home and the dwelling. This seems to me a wide, essential and interesting field. A study in this field might add many interesting reflections upon the subject of residences and residing.

Małgorzata Makiewicz – House, Home, Domesticity. Re – open the House

by malkoshka

In my research I am interested in three aspects connected with house: house as building, home as a state of mind and the related to it domesticity and the process of domestication of space.

The house is a multi-layered structure, on one hand it is only architecture, which is affected by the environment, natural, social and economic factors. Subsequently house, its interior is not directly designed by the same architects but is created individually with clusters of objects, smells and memories, often identified with the warmth and security. There are different ways in which we as residents of our home country create home and otherwise we create it as immigrants. The earlier fact of connecting home and domesticity with the building has changed over the past few decades.