Generalised chromaticism: the ecologisation of Architecture

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This tripartite article is devoted to the role of architectural heritage in the process of exo-somatisation or evolution by means other than life. The first part entitled 'Politics of Location' will provide a brief history of the Architecture Philosophy and Theory Group at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) to situate my position following the lesson of Donna Haraway's 'situated knowledges'. The second part entitled 'Affects Before Subjects' addresses transdisciplinary architectural research and education, where I will make a case for the kind of learning that starts with 'leading out' (educere), in response to Claire Colebrook's proposition: 'The word "education" comes from the root e from ex, out, and duco, I lead. It means a leading out. [E]ducation is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul'. After a call to debunk stereotypes, I will turn to concrete evidence of the affordance theory in practice through meta-modelling in the third and last part entitled 'Two Compasses, One World'. In the words of Reza Negarestani: 'Conception without praxis is unrealised abstraction and praxis without conception is a hollow impression of concreteness'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-538
Number of pages22
JournalThe Journal of Architecture
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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