The Epiphylogenetic Turn and Architecture

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The issue edited by Robert A. Gorny and Andrej Radman explores the work of French philosopher of technology Bernard Stiegler (1952–2020) to critically rethink the built environment in terms of a constructed yet emergent existential niche. Foremost concerned with technics, the purchase of Stiegler’s thinking and conceptual apparatus is to be found in the proposition of a novel theoretico-methodological turn towards epiphylogenetic processes. Yet to be embraced by discourses on architectural and cultural technologies, the notion of epiphylogenesis implies a kind of recursive path-dependent co-evolution of living systems with non-living means, especially technics. This sympoietic vision – of how culture-shaping technics and technical ensembles like cities (trans)form us – urges us to rethink how environments re-shape ontogenetic processes. The contributions to the issue call for a radical recasting of the architectural discipline by reconsidering the ‘what’ of technicity as constitutive of a (post)human ‘who’.

The launch event will include a short overview of the issue and its contributions, and a panel discussion on the relevance of Stiegler’s work for built environment in the Anthropocene times.
Period16 Feb 2023
Event typeOther
LocationDelft, NetherlandsShow on map