CfP: The Potentials For The Archaic Today, Architecture and philosophy. Paris, 15-16 June 2018

Call for Papers: The Potentials For The Archaic Today, Architecture and philosophy. Paris, 15-16 June 2018

Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine

This colloquium, organized by the RST PhilAU and the GERPHAU, aims to explore the emergence, perhaps the resurgence, of practices involving recommencing, repetition, and resetting  in the field of architecture, urban planning, landscape. these experiments all share, in spite of the immense differences that separate them, a confidence in these archaic gestures to once again infuse the act of building with meaning and seek references less in the wealth of the learned culture of architecture and the city than in the originary and ahistorical experience of human settlement practices. How to think these emerging figures, how to draw a map? One of the theoretical stakes involved in the colloquium thus consists in better identifying the figures of expression relating to the archaic in contemporary architecture, as well as seeking the more or less conscious patterns of these resurgences.
In order to lend substance to this debate, to map out these initiality experiments and deploy the various meanings they involve, the colloquium at the City of Architecture will interweave the threads of architecture and philosophy. This call for papers is addressed to:
– architects, urbanists and landscape designers for whom this notion is invigorating and who wish to present and share their own questions,
– teachers and researchers whose courses and/or research interweave with these initiality experiments,
– philosophers who see in architecture an opportunity to deepen their own thinking about this concept and its relevance.
Proposals in French or English for papers maximum 300 words can be sent before 31 January 2018 to
The announcement of the selections by the scientific committee will take place around 20 February 2018. In case of selection of the abstract, the organizing committee will keep the speaker informed of the proposed device for its presentation.
The conference will take place in the auditorium of the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine.
Participation in the colloquium is free and registration (mandatory) will be online via the website of the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine.
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