Docent lecture: Architecture, Space and Subjectivity: Developing a Critical Morphology

In the complex and diverse field of architectural research, one central area of inquiry concerns questions which pertain to built form; its conceptualization, making, and effects. Within this broader perspective, modeling has become a central method in development of knowledge, although there are considerable potentials and challenges as of yet remarkably unexplored.

The lecture is open to the public and will be held in English. No registration is required but the number of seats are limited.

Time: Fri 2019-09-20 14.00

Lecturer: Daniel Koch

Location: Room A108, Osquars Backe 5, KTH Campus

This docent lecture focuses on research that explicitly addresses theory and practices of modeling and diagramming architectural space and form as unfolding situated practices of coming to know, posing modes of modeling as a means to investigate relations between socio-cultural practices and ideals, formations of subjectivity and social relations, and restraints and affordances of architectural space as dialectic relational processes of negotiation, reformulation and reification.

It will discuss how constant reiteration and experimentation with ways of modeling and diagraming grow from means to investigate research problems to a driving force in conceptual and theoretical development; a discussion that will engage with how rather than opposites, theory and practice are always-ever embedded in one another, where a critical and reflective engagement with formal analysis is one means where this entanglement can be made discursive and thereby generate knowledge productive for both practice and critical inquiry.

The lecture will map out this conceptual framework through a range of concrete cases, ranging from individual buildings to urban contexts set in relation to societal and architectural challenges, that highlight the productive relation between theoretical development and engagement with practice, and describe from where and—perhaps more importantly—towards where the research is heading.

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