Philosophy in Architecture

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TECHNOLOGY. What strikes the eye of the passerby as a growth or entropy is  technology, that is, information. Since cities no longer lie within the panopticon  of the cathedral or castle and can no longer be enclosed by walls or fortifications, a network made up of intersecting networks dissects and connects the city–in  particular its fringes, peripheries, and tangents. Regardless of whether these networks transmit information (telephone, radio, television) or energy (water supply, electricity, highway), they all represent forms of information. Friedrich Kittler, The City as a Medium 

This seminar uses the close reading approach to study selected texts by contemporary philosophers. The selection of philosophers is based on their reference to architectural and urban themes. What is meant by close reading? This approach will use small chapters and shorter texts to gain access to the approach. Rather than reading vast quantities of material, the class will look at fragments and discuss the content. This will give students an opportunity to pursue reading in greater depth during thesis. 

Texts will be selected by students during the first seminar. The second seminar will present several of the philosophers work available as streamed video by UW Kanopy, Tate Modern, ubu.com, momoskop, etc. for example. The order of the seminars will be determined as a functionof student selection of texts. Currently most of the selections are available as digital copies.