Since OOO is a philosophy that posits aesthetics as the root of all philosophy, it does not give primacy to human knowledge as a way to get at reality of things. This also means that science too does not have the primacy on the matters of reality of things. In such a case, Harman would […]
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In February 2020, the School of Environment and Architecture published its first book titled First Questions. I had a chance to contribute a chapter to the book. It is as much a reflective piece (looking at the research activities of the school) as it is a projective essay (proposing the structuring of the undergraduate course […]
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Note about the Film Unlike the classical or the medieval city, the neoliberal city -which has acquired several nicknames as megalopolis and the liberal monument among others- has posed some unique contexts for the contemporary practice of architecture. For one, it poses a context of perpetual crisis defined by many unjust, territorial occupations spread over […]
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More often than not, in our times, an architectural work is thought as a complete object -a work which is complete to the T. Any modification, appropriation or incremental act to the project is seen either as merely incidental to the social context or an unfortunate life of the project -with a rare exception in […]
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To say that the architecture and work of DOGMA is subtle might seem like a stretch. As those who are familiar with their work and career know the radically leftist position that DOGMA’s work takes. How, might one ask, is it possible for an architecture office today be so far to the left and yet […]
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One of the things that “architectural” practice has been obsessed with is with the idea that every project should be designed to the T. On the other extreme of this spectrum are architects who argue against form itself and often use architectural thinking from the side of the processes that produce forms (for some it is the craftsman and […]
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In the last 10-15 years there appears to be a new stream of architectural practice emerging across several continents concerned with the objecthood of architecture. At the same time influence of phenomenological, particularly a Heideggerian, orientation of architecture has continued its influence on architectural practice and theories across the world. For the phenomenologists, architecture always […]
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One of the interesting technical glitches of the online meeting platforms is that only one person can speak at a time on these platforms. It is impossible to sing a chorus or have a collective singing session. It creates a condition for everyone to take turn to speak. So on the one hand, it creates […]
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“You’re astonished: where, in that terrain so rationally organized, mapped out, delineated, calculated, measured – where is there room for spontaneity, for ‘madness’, where is the delirium, where is the blindness of desire, the ‘mad love’ that the surrealists idolized, where is the forgetting of self? Where are all those virtues of unreason that have […]
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On Saturday 6th February 2021 School of Environment and Architecture (SEA) hosted its annual symposium titled Post Institution. The backdrop for the idea of post institution is the ripening of the infrastructure for autodidacts. A ripening fostered by the wide availability of internet services and devices -much like the proliferation of printed books a few […]
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