ThinkingArchitecture: Theory and Philosophy of Architecture International Symposium

Technische Universität Berlin, Institute for Architecture, May 29 – 30, 2015

Throughout its history architecture has had a major role in philosophy as a metaphor of logical-constructive activity. Since the crisis of modern architecture there has been a notable increase in the instances of architectural theorists turning to philosophy as they widen the critical question of the cultural function of architecture. Hitherto, however, there has been no integrated form of architectural-philosophical reflection that can do justice to the role of architecture as the cultural practice that people use to create a uniquely suitable environment (distinct from the purely natural world) for their needs, both changing and unchanging. The two-day conference will focus on different approaches to this topic by architectural theorists and philosophers and explore the relationship of theory and philosophy.

The symposium will be held on May 29th and 30th, 2015 at the Institute for Architecture of Technische Universität Berlin on the occasion of the publication of the book “Architektur und Philosophie. Grundlagen, Positionen, Perspektiven” (ed. by Jörg H. Gleiter and Ludger Schwarte, Bielefeld 2015).

The conference language is English (May 29th) & German (May 30th).
Free admission, though we kindly ask you for registration: http://thinkingarchitecture.architekturtheorie.tu-berlin.de.

Programme

Fr, 29 May 2015

15.00
Introduction
Jörg H.Gleiter and Ludger Schwarte

15.30
Keynote Lecture
Günter Abel, Different Types of Knowledge in Architecture

16.15
Coffee Break

Panel I
Chair: Daniel Purdy

16.45
Iris Aravot
Architecture As Philosophy

17.05
Petar Bojani
Task of Philosopher

17.25
Felicity Scott
The Work of Theory

17.45–18.30
Panel Discussion

Sa, 30 May 2015

9.30
Presentation of the Book “Architektur und Philosophie” by the Editors Jörg H.Gleiter and Ludger Schwarte

10.00
Coffee Break

Panel II
Chair: Christian Bauer

10.30
Jörg H. Gleiter
Thesen zu einer Kritischen Erkenntnistheorie der Architektur

10.50
Jan Bovelet
Überlegungen zu Architekturphilosophie und Erkenntnistheorie

11.10
Petra Lohmann
Konzepte des Selbstbewusstseins und des Individuums in Architek­turtheorie und Philosophie am Beispiel der Fichte-Rezeption des frühen Schinkel

11.30
Kirsten Wagner
Architektur mit dem Körper denken. Zu einer kritischen Anthropologie der Architektur

12.00
Panel Discussion

13.00
Lunch Break

Panel III
Chair: Martin Düchs

14.30
Ludger Schwarte
Theorie der Grundlegung

14.50
Hannes Böhringer
Zum Beispiel die Tür

15.10
Christoph Baumberger
Was ist Architekturphilosophie?

15.30
Christian Kremer
Grundrisse einer Architekturontologie

16.00
Panel Discussion

17.00
Concluding remarks
Ludger Schwarte and Jörg H. Gleiter

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