Philosophies 2018

This course 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. We will place a special emphasis on the two-way conceptual traffic between architecture and philosophy, in the recognition of the reciprocal relationship of influence these two disciplines have historically maintained with respect to each other. What are the strategies and tactics that can be fruitfully employed to engage in diverse philosophies from the point of view of the discipline of architecture? How does the architectural researcher maintain a creative and critical relay between theory and practice? How can concepts and arguments (drawn from philosophy and elsewhere) be mobilized by the architectural researcher?

In light of past, present and looming crises, environmental, social, and subjective, this Philosophies PhD course will take up the near-exhausted concept of the Anthropocene in order to explore how current research in architecture and cognate fields locates itself in relation to pressing matters of care. How do you identify your local environment-world when it comes to your ecologies of research practice? What kinds of ‘things’ are relevant to your research, how do you collect, define, invent, and make your research artefacts (from essays to architectural and artistic installations)? How do you bring modes of creative and critical thinking into engagement with your research practices? As such, the course is organized according to the three themes of: 1. environment-worlds; 2. things; 3. thinkables.

We will discuss ways of: radically rethinking the literature review; reframing our research problems; expanding our methodological practices, with an emphasis on critical thinking and practice; and exploring possibilities for ethics in action.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By attending this course participants can expect to develop skills in:

  1. Ability to collaboratively define key concepts and arguments introduced in the course literature and beyond
  2. Ability to practice close reading and critical and creative writing exercises and upload these onto a seminar Blog
  3. Ability to theorise self-directed design research projects using key concepts and arguments
  4. Ability to create new or hybrid concepts and thereby develop arguments pertinent to current research projects
  5. Ability to actively participate in seminar discussions at a high level


Course Credits

Participants can achieve either 5 or 7.5 credit points for this course.

  • To achieve 5 credit points participants are required to attend 2 modules, and complete an assignment
  • To achieve 7.5 credit points participants are required to attend 3 modules and complete an assignment


Key Dates

February 22-23 2018 at KTH Stockholm

Philosophies Course Module One – Environment-worlds

March 22-23 2018 at KTH Stockholm

Philosophies Course Module Two – Things

April 26-27 2018 at KTH Stockholm

Philosophies Course Module Three – Thinkables

September 20-21 2018 at KTH Stockholm



First you need to be able to login to this Philosophies Blog. You will be able to login once you receive an invitation from hjfrichot in your email inbox. You will need to follow the prompts in the email. If you do not already have a WordPress user account that will be the first thing you will need to create (NOTE: This does not mean you have to make your own blog!).

Once you login you need to either go to the ‘dashboard’ (press the ‘philosophies’ icon in top left corner of page and select ‘dashboard’ from the drop down menu) or else to ‘site admin’ (see bottom of page). This will place you BEHIND THE SCENES of the Philosophies Blog, where you will be able to upload a post.

THEN select POSTS from the menu bar on the left, and then ADD NEW (to add a new post!). You will see there is a place to include a title, and then a text box for your fine words. You can also add media (select ADD MEDIA box), for instance, the image that we ask you to upload with your text (preferably as a jpeg). IMPORTANTLY you need to select a Category in the right hand side of the page…select RESPONSES MODULE ONE; TWO; THREE depending on which module you are responding to. ALSO, don’t forget to press the ‘publish’ button on the left!

When you want to add a concept to the CONCEPTUAL TOOLBOX, follow the same instructions only select the CONCEPTUAL TOOLBOX category in the right side of the page!

When you eventually create your Conceptual Guidebooks these should be linked to the CONCEPTUAL GUIDE BOOKS category.