Theory of Architecture: Problems in Knowledge and Design 2

Sanford Kwinter
Architecture, Theory of Architecture
2018S, Seminar (SE), 2.0 semester hours, course number S01044

Description

Transformations of Experience (Aesthetics, Technics, Perception) This course treats theory as inseparable from the larger patterns of organization that determine how humans relate to, and find accommodation with, the physical and temporal world around them. ‘Theory’ does not claim a mode of existence different from design itself. Theory is inherently neither critical (although it is often powerfully this) nor analytical (although, again, it often operates magnificently in this way) but is first and foremost creative—it is productive of new concepts, combinations and operations that expand the scope of how humans can imagine, interact with, and refashion both their world and in turn themselves. Just as design must not only seek to solve(problems), but also invent (new contexts and new ways to think and feel) so too theory must be speculative and must create. In our approach to theory we do not see two distinct practices, one applied to the other, but imagine both engaged in the mutual, historical act of re-imagining being. Similarly, theory and philosophy are not conceived of in this course as separate disciplines or practices: particularly when one considers the original philosophies, from which all subsequent human speculation ensued, that all sought to supply systematic accounts for the facts of nature. We hold that behind every design, just as behind every system of thought, there lurks a full-blown, if implicit, cosmology of relations. We take as self-evident that in our time, the problem of thought, as of design it to find new ways of understanding and imagining the operations of nature, both in relation to its own indifferent processes, as well as in those that pertain entirely to ‘us’. The natural world and the human world are physically and conceptually bound together. What matters today is how we conceive and gain access to the ‘physical’—and particularly how we account for the constitutive phenomena that operate both below and above this one-dimensional level of appearance. How much physical reality can be directly seen or felt, and how much requires special effort of thought and practical ruse (manipulation of the environment) to capture and harness? History is the history of these efforts and tactical devices. In each instance they are embedded in the wider system of organization that supplies the background of intelligibility for them. This is but another way of saying that our systems of knowledge at once participate in, limit and produce our physical and conceptual world. Thus the purpose of this course is to combine knowing and making into a single process, one that we will not hesitate to call ‘design’.

Examination Modalities

Frequent participation, completion of an assignment related to the subject of the course.

Comments

It is strongly recommendend to follow the sequence of Problems in Knowledge and Design 1 and 2 in the intended order.

No registration required

Architecture (Master): History and Theory of Architecture (2.0 ECTS)

Fine Arts (2. Section): Free Electives out of Scientific and Research Practice (2.0 ECTS)

Fine Arts (2. Section): Media Theory,Art&Knowledge Transfer,Th. of Architecture,Th. and Hist. of Design (2.0 ECTS)

Fine Arts: Specialisation in Photography (2. Section): Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte (2.0 ECTS)

Fine Arts: Specialisation in Graphics (2. Section): Geisteswissenschaftliche LV nach Wahl (2.0 ECTS)

Fine Arts: Specialisation in Painting (2. Section): Geisteswissenschaftliche LV nach Wahl (2.0 ECTS)

Stage Design (1. Section): Kultur- u. Geistesgeschichte (2.0 ECTS)

Stage Design (2. Section): Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte (2.0 ECTS)

Design: Specialisation in Applied Photography and Time-based Media (2. Section): Humanities (2.0 ECTS)

Design: Specialisation in Graphic Design (2. Section): Humanities (2.0 ECTS)

Design: Specialisation in Graphics and Advertising (2. Section): Humanities (2.0 ECTS)

Design: Specialisation in Fashion Design (1. Section): Free Elective Pool Methodological and Theoretical Basics (2.0 ECTS)

Industrial Design (2. Section): Theory and Design History (2.0 ECTS)

Conservation and Restoration (2. Section): Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte (2.0 ECTS)

subject Fine Arts / Art and Communication Practices (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (2.5 ECTS)

subject Fine Arts / Art and Communication Practices (2. Section): Aus Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur (2.0 ECTS)

subject Fine Arts / Art and Communication Practices (2. Section): Aus Kunst und Kulturwissenschaften, (davon min. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

subject Textile Design / Textiles - Art, Design, Styles (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (2.0 ECTS)

subject Textile Design / Textiles - Art, Design, Styles (2. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (mind. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

subject Handicrafts / Design, Architecture and Environment (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (2.0 ECTS)

subject Handicrafts / Design, Architecture and Environment (2. Section): Aus Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur (2.0 ECTS)

subject Handicrafts / Design, Architecture and Environment (2. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften, (min. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dae (Bachelor): FOR: aus Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur bzw. des Design (wahlweise) (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dae (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dae (Bachelor): IT: Bachelorseminar Wissenschaftliche Praxis (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dae (Master): Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): FOR: aus Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur bzw. des Design (wahlweise) (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): IT: Bachelorseminar Wissenschaftliche Praxis (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dex (Master): Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): IT: Bachelorseminar Wissenschaftliche Praxis (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject kkp (Master): Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject tex (Bachelor): FOR: aus Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur bzw. des Design (wahlweise) (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject tex (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject tex (Bachelor): IT: Bachelorseminar Wissenschaftliche Praxis (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject tex (Master): Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE (2.0 ECTS)

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (2. Section): Architekturtheorie, Architekturgeschichte (2.0 ECTS)

Media Arts: Specialisation in Transmedia Arts (2. Section): Architekturtheorie, Architekturgeschichte (2.0 ECTS)

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Theoretical foundations (2.0 ECTS)

co-registration: possible (2.0 ECTS)

Individual courses: possible (2.0 ECTS)