A Diagrammatic Cartography of Discourses on Architectures of Life and/or Death

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Abstract

The built environment exerts an essential effect on life. Over the past decades, it has been greatly reconceptualised through various posthuman, ecosystemic, new materialist, material-discursive approaches, which explored the socio-spatial, technological, cognitive, relational, and affective relations that material arrangements, such as architectural ones, shape. As technē, architecture is intricately intertwined not only with processes of easing and facilitating (human) life, but also the management of dynamic processes involving both living and non-living matters. In view of the latter, architecture is ‘life by means other than life’ (Stiegler), shaping living matters by means of non-living matters. The chapter respectively surveys several streams of recent theoretical discourse that developed from Deleuze and Guattari’s as well as Foucault’s thoroughgoing reframing of the agency of matter on life-constituting processes. In the aim of reconsidering and repositioning architecture as a posthuman technique of existence, this cartography charts – with the help of a central navigational diagram – these co-evolving discursive streams in their differing topical-conceptual starting points, and their various converging and bifurcating lines of thinking, in the aim to elaborate on the novel conceptions they have helped distil in the pursuit of a fuller understanding of those material-discursive practices within the relational ecologies of architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitectures of Life and Death
Subtitle of host publicationThe Eco-Aesthetics of the Built Environment
EditorsAndrej Radman, Stavros Kousoulas
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRowman & Littlefield
Pages103–129
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5381-4753-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-5381-4752-8
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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Keywords

  • Architecture theory
  • Discourse analysis
  • Foucault
  • Deleuze
  • Dispositifs
  • Assemblages
  • Diagrams
  • Technology

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