Each semester, this course will explore a particular topical theme in architecture theory.
For Fall 2017, the course topic is: Embodied knowledge and material values.
Contemporary architectural discourse raises the question of whether we see architecture as a craft, as an art, as engineering or as a scientific discipline. What does architectural knowledge consist of, and by what means is it passed on? In fact, what does it mean to say we ‘know’ something? Since Descartes, we have easily accepted the separation of body and mind, yet current neurological insights provide evidence for the embodiment of knowledge: that we 'know' many things without ‘thinking’ them first.
If we are to address this type of embodied knowledge adequately, we must treat architecture as a composite knowledge, constructed of and understood through the joining of text and image, of theory and drawing. This course will use the basic texts as a departure point for studying architecture in its many subject matters and forms. Within this approach to knowledge, underlying cultural values play a crucial role in determining how we know things.
For each session, students will present readings and suggest follow-up questions for the next session.
At the end of the seminar, students will edit and provide the introduction for a theme section for a book compiled with all student work, as preparation for an international colloquium on embodied knowledge and material values to be held in the Spring of 2018.