Philosophies

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

Category: RESPONSES MODULE 01

Posthuman Design Industries

by vasilysitnikov

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It can be said, that technologies are means of transferring things from the realm of nature to the realm of culture. In turn, technologies constitute industries which extract, process, and machine nature in order to present it as a commodity on the market. These sets of actions, which transform natural things into things with bar codes, are commanded by the higher-level intellectual decisions, usually referred to as the design.

Since the rise of environmental consciousness, proclaimed through the notion of the Anthropocene, a debate around the environment-conscious design was being imposed on the public through the effort of environment scientists such as Michael Braungart. The main thesis of his critique is that the industries inherited from the anthropocentric era do not comply with the basic ideas of the environmental sustainability. When expanded to a global scale, they create a dramatic hazard to the biosphere of our planet.

Obviously, interruption of the industrial and economic development is not a solution to the crisis we are facing. As Braungart suggest, the transition to a sustainable living can be facilitated through a revision of the design approach not merely limited to the performance of a product on the market, but including numerous other criteria deriving from the awareness with numerous environmental and social conditions.

Such a design problem can be represented in a form of a differential equation with hundreds of variables. Thanks to computer aided design tools, a solution to these inhumanly complex mathematical problems can be calculated almost effortlessly. However, the problem one would face when following this method is that such a sustainable product won’t necessarily respond to our habitual modernist expectations of form and function; rather, it’ll be a sudden, unforeseen object, a sustainable artifact. To become a commodity on the market, this noumenon would need to be given sensible and practical qualities. This work of post-rationalization and retrofitting may be seen as a true design challenge of the posthuman design industries.

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by Annie Locke Scherer

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Environment Worlds: Response to module 01

by Annie Locke Scherer

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Becoming Citizens: Architectural Education in the North

by massimois

The PhD research investigates the current architecture education umwelt of the North: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

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As the practice of architecture evolves, so does architecture education.

Architecture, as a discipline as well as a mode of reasoning, that fundamentally responds to the needs of people and their environment is in constant evolution and re-evaluation. “Architecture encapsulates a broader set of environmentally focused questions about the value of the social and material formation of our “build” environments for all” (Rawes: 2013, 1).

The entanglement of the built environment and the anthropogenic climate collapse calls for a reflections on the education of architecture. The current complex systemic problems that humanity faces– such as global warming, poverty, inequalities, refugees’ crisis –  make us reconsider the way we produce, collaborate, and make us realize that we as citizens of this planet share social responsibilities that can no longer be an exclusive matter for our governments. New forms of cohesion have to be developed. Etienne Turpin in “Who Does the Earth Think It Is, Now?” asks: “How might architecture encounter this multi-disciplinary, multi-scalar, and multi-centered reality?”  Architecture therefore has to be part for greater social-environmental justice movement. It can do so by discovering affinities and alliances with both the science and the theoretical humanities (Etienne Turpin). Peg Rawes states that “interdisciplinary architectural, ecological and relational approaches may be even more urgently required for dealing with the complexities and creating biodiversity in our architecture and environments” (Rawes: 2013, 2). So, how can we teach that?.

The umwelt of my PhD research: Becoming Citizens: Architectural Education in the North is populated of different clouds of knowledge.

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In contemporary democracies, citizens seem to be recognizing their sense of agency; as a result, they have more of a chance to have their voices heard. Citizen is a morally charged word replete with civic values, duties, responsibilities to protect the public good over mere private interests. But are these values present in the education of an architect?

A responsive type of education would be one that truly engages students with real situations and therefore

architecture education has (or should have) a responsibility to train and nurture students with a socially-minded and empathetic mindset so that they can be making ethical decisions. The word design comes from Latin designare which means to mark, to make a sign, to distinguish, in it is embedded the action of deciding. It is embedded in our profession the act of choosing, of making decisions. Understanding, and developing the role of architects to a complex social, environmental or political problem is yet a territory that needs to be investigated.

What does it mean to be an architect? What does it mean to be a citizen? And how can the two be interchangeable?

Massimo Santanicchia

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by suhahasan

Material from the newspaper archives found at Isa Cultural Center in Manama, Bahrain.

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[Caption Translation]
The traditional wind towers that Bahraini Architects have developed since early times. In this building is a manifestation of the civilisation of these people and their culture.
High-rise
[Caption Translation]
These high-rise buildings reflect the new architecture leap that is evidence of the development of the country that is in line with the era of modernisation.