Learning from Environmental History and Theory: Agency of Others

Tulay Atak
Architecture, Architecture
2022W, Vorlesungen (VO), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04300

Description

Environmental history and theory provide a way to consider architecture in relation to histories of energy, extraction, infrastructure, production, supply chain, and labor. The environmental lens on history is a way to encompass all the elements of the built world (people, place, technology),  allowing for making connections across a variety of scales from building details to cities. Environmental history and theory provide ways to consider architecture’s disciplinarity, how research is defined in architecture and how architecture incorporates knowledge from other disciplines. It offers a vantage point where the limits of the discipline come into view, where new affinities can be drawn and articulated, and where we can ask the question, “how do we know what we know?” and “what can we do with what we know?”

Studying the works of figures like Rachel Carson, Wangari Maathai, Donna Haraway, Anna Tsing, and Michelle Murphy, this course will particularly address the role that women have played in environmentalist movements and the development of environmental humanities, focusing on reproduction / production, care / cure, experimentation / control as primary themes. We will be studying and analyzing how these themes can be located within the discipline of architecture in historical and contemporary case studies and texts. As we consider concrete examples, we will discuss the agency and accountability of architecture as a field.

Examination Modalities

There will be readings assigned for each week. Students will write a midterm essay and a final paper. The final paper can be a revised and extended version of the midterm essay. The paper will focus on the analysis of a selected project or text, determined in discussions with the professor.

Dates

06 October 2022, 10:00–12:00 , "I oA Square"
13 October 2022, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 23
20 October 2022, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 3
27 October 2022, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 23
03 November 2022, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 8
10 November 2022, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 20
17 November 2022, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 23
24 November 2022, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 20
01 December 2022, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 23
15 December 2022, 10:00–12:00 FLUX 2
12 January 2023, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 23
19 January 2023, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 23
02 February 2023, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room 23

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

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