063-0807-23L  History and Theory of Architecture IX: Philosophy for Architects

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersM. Gnehm
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


063-0807-23 VHistory and Theory of Architecture IX: Philosophy for Architects
No course 27.10 (seminar week) and in the last two semester weeks (final critiques).
1 hrs
Fri11:45-12:30HIL E 3 »
M. Gnehm

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AbstractThe lecture course offers discussions on the presence of philosophical issues in the current discourse of architecture.
ObjectiveThe objective of the course is to provide tools for a critical assessment, and practical application, of arguments at the intersection of philosophy and architecture.
ContentPhilosopher Sylviane AGACINSKI raised the issue in the mid-1980s whether philosophical concepts such as that of inwardness were not unthinkable before the spatially effective activity of architecture, just as the tomb cannot be separated from the idea of a soul. Other thinkers held that philosophy is groundwork per se, that is, a precondition also for the «fundaments» of architecture. A third branch tried to cope generally with the presence of architectural metaphors in philosophical writings. The lecture course discusses architectural topics around this kind of semiotic triangle in theory and practice with reference to (phenomenological) presence and absence, (digital and linguistic) codes, the subconscious, (female) chora, and the (colonizing) anthropocene along the lines of writers such as Homi K. Bhabha, Ethel CHARLES, Hélène CIXOUS, Jacques DERRIDA, Elizabeth GROSZ, Donna HARAWAY, bell HOOKS, Luce IRIGARAY, Julia KRISTEVA, Henri LEFEBVRE, Achille MBEMBE, Legacy Russells, Isabelle STENGERS, and Victoria WELBY, together with their presence, or absence, in the current discourse on architecture.
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Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesfostered
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityassessed
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits1 credit
ExaminersM. Gnehm
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationThe graded semester performance consists of writing an essay in response to one of two questions that relate to the topics covered in course.

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Architecture MasterField of History and Theory of ArchitectureWInformation