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Gregg Lambert: What is a Dispositif?

"What is a Dispositif?"

Dispositif Theory and the Philosophy of Technics

Blockseminar with Guest Professor Gregg Lambert
Sept. 18th- 28th 2018
2-5 pm (mo-fr)

 Claude Nicolas Ledoux, Saline de Chaux (1804)

Claude Nicolas Ledoux, Saline de Chaux (1804)

Gregg Lambert is Dean’s Professor of Humanities, Principal Investigator, CNY Humanities Corridor Founding Director, Humanities Center, Syracuse University, U.S.A. For CV and publications, see www.gregglambert.com, as well as his page on www.academia.edu.

First meeting: 18th of September 2018
14:00 – 17:00
at ATTP seminar space 

To register, please write an Email to: sekretariat@attp.tuwien.ac.at by September 14th, in addition to signing up on TISS

Download the pdf leaflet here.


“What is a Dispositif?”
Dispositif Theory and the Philosophy of Technics

This seminar will study the genealogy of the concept of dispositif (mechanism, conceptual device) in the biopolitical philosophy of Michel Foucault. Following the influence of biologist and historian Georges Canguilhem, beginning in works and lectures of 1975, Foucault employs this term specifically to avoid three other dominant terms in the history of political philosophy: organism, machine, and structure. The uniqueness of Foucault’s approach to the nature of power is that he combines both biological and technical forms in explaining its evolutionary path, which becomes more multiple and dispersed throughout modern societies, and which differentiates its concept from the idea of mechanism that belongs to modern science after Descartes. Thus, the major result of Cartesianism was “to rationalize” the idea of mechanism as a knowledge that is particular to the human species, and not as a biological capacity that is found to be present in most living organisms. In turn, this was responsible for anthropomorphizing the relation between machine and organism, introducing a fundamental dehiscence between these forms, one that continues to be played out today in determining the relations between humans, animals, and cybernetic (or digitalized) creatures.

In addition to the major works and lectures of Foucault that appear between 1975-1979, from the first volume of The History of Sexuality to the lecture course on The Birth of Biopolitics, in this seminar we will also examine the critical reception of Foucault’s description of power and its biopolitical dispositifs in other thinkers such as Giorgio Agamben, Gilles Deleuze, and Roberto Esposito.

Each three-hour seminar will consist of lecture presentation, in the first hour, followed by close examination and discussion of the assigned readings. The Seminar will be taught in English. Seminar papers written in German will also be accepted.


Readings

Agamben, Giorgio  (2009)  What  is an  Apparatus?  Palo Alto: Stanford  University  Press. 

Althusser, Louis(2001)  Lenin  and  Philosophy and  Other  Essays. New York:  Monthly  Review Press. 

Campbell, Timothy(2006) “Bios, Immunity, Life: The Thought of Roberto Esposito, diacritics36.2: 2–22.

Canguilhem, Georges  (2008),  Knowledge  of  Life,  ed. Paola  Marrati  and Todd  Meyers.  New York: Fordham. 

Deleuze, Gilles  (1992)  “What is  a  dispositif?” in Armstrong, Timothy,  ed.  Michel Foucault  Philosopher. New York:  Routledge. 

__________ (2006) Two Regimes  of  Madness: Texts  and  Interviews 1975-1995.  New York:  Semiotexte.  

__________  (1995) “Postscript  on  Control Society,”  Negotiations.  New York:  Columbia University  Press, 177-182. 

Deleuze, Gilles, and Felix Guattari  (1987)  A Thousand Plateaus,trans. Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 

Esposito, Roberto(2015) Two: The Machine of Political Theology and the Place of Thought. Fordham UP. 

Foucault, Michel(1976)  L’Histoire de la sexualité. Vol I: La Volonté  de  savoir Paris:  Gallimard. 

___________  (1977) Discipline  and Punish:  The  Birth of  the  Prison.  New York: Vintage Books. 

___________  (1980a) The  History of  Sexuality,  Vol. 1:  An Introduction.New York: Vintage Books. __________  (1980b)  Power/Knowledge:  Selected Interviews  and  Other Writings,  1972-1977,  ed.  C. Gordon.  New York:  Pantheon Books. 

___________  (1994a) Dits et écrits,  vol. 4.  Paris:  Éditions Gallimard. 

___________  (1994b) Ethics:  Subjectivity and  Truth.,  Vol  1.  Ed. Paul Rabinow.  New York: The New Press. 

___________  (2003) “Society  must be  defended”:  Lectures at  the  College of  France  1975-1976,  ed.  Mauro Bertani and Alessandro Fontana. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

 ___________ (2004a)  Abnormal:  Lectures  at the  College  of France  1975-1976,  ed. Mauro Bertani  and Alessandro Fontana. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

___________  (2004b) Sécurité, territoire, population: Cours au Collège de France,  1977-1978.  Paris: Gallimard/Seuil. 

__________  (2007) Security, Territory, Population:  Lectures  at the  College  of France,  1977-1978,  ed. Michael Senellart.  Basingstoke:  Palgrave Macmillan. 

__________  (2008) The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the College of France, 1978-1979,ed.  Michael Senellart, Francois Ewald and Alessandro Fontana (Basingstoke: Palgrave  Macmillan).   

Lambert, Gregg(2018) “Biopower and Biopolitics” Bloomsbury Handbook of Literary Criticism and Theory. 

Pasquinelli, Matteo(2015)  “What  an Apparatus  is  Not: On  the  Archeology of  the  Norm in  Foucault, Canguilhem,  and Goldstein,”Parrehesia, no. 22,  79-89. 

Cary Wolfe(2018) “Posthumanism Thinks the Political:  A Genealogy for Foucault’s Birth of Biopolitics.”  Journal of Posthuman Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2017, 117-135.

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ATT Architekturtheorietage in Wien / NOV. 1-3 2018
Nov
1
to Nov 3

ATT Architekturtheorietage in Wien / NOV. 1-3 2018

ARCHITEKTUR UND THEORIE – EIN SYMPOSIUM IN LITERARISCH/PHILOSOPHISCHER TRADITION

3. Vernetzungstreffen der deutschsprachigen Lehrstühle für Architekturtheorie
1. bis 3. November 2018 an der Technischen Universität Wien  

Im Anschluß an die erfolgreichen ArchitekturTheorieTage in Graz (2016) und Hannover (2017) wollen wir bei diesem Treffen die Wichtigkeit des Faches, und die Organisation zur Förderung dieser Wichtigkeit zum Thema zu machen: Wir schlagen für dieses nächste Treffen vor, ein experimentelles Format auszuprobieren das uns je einzeln wie auch gemeinsam Argumente zur Hand gibt, um unser Fach in der Wahrnehmung von Studierenden, KollegInnen, Forschungsförderung zu stärken. 

Dieses Format schlägt ein Rollenspiel vor: wir möchten Euch alle einladen, unser nächstes Treffen in Wien Anfang November 2018 in der philosophisch/literarischen Symposion/Gastmahl-Tradition zu begreifen, bei dem wir uns, mit unseren je unterschiedlichen Interessen und Anliegen, alle als „Freunde der Architektur“ treffen und das was uns begeistert/was wir wichtig finden, als Beiträge in der Form von 15-minütigen rhetorischen Reden (Oratorien) mitbringen. Damit würden wir nicht nur von der Wichtigkeit der Architektur sprechen, sondern auch jene der Architekturtheorie demonstrieren (da wir der Architektur gegenüber nicht sprachlos sind sondern von ihr auf unterschiedlichste Weise präzise, informativ, kritisch und mit einem Anliegen, bewahrend wie modernisierend, zu reden wissen).


Das Ziel dieses experimentellen Formats ist es, dass wir alle mit einem Bündel von starken und durchdachten Artikulationen von für die Architektur allgemein relevanten Themen, von herausfordernden und präzisierenden Formulierungen, von gewichtigen und auch tendenziösen Argumenten nach Hause gehen – mit besserem Verständnis des gemeinsamen Kräftefeldes in dem wir unser Fach vertreten.

 

AUSFÜHRLICHERES INFORMATIONSDOKUMENT

Zum dowload here

 

TEILNEHMERINNEN (prov.)

Achim Hahn, Technische Universität Dresden
Christoph Grafe, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Eduard Führ, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus
Eva von Engelberg Dockal, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Gernot Weckherlin, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus
Günther Fischer, Hochschule Erfurt
Jasper Cepl, Hochschule Anhalt
Karl R. Kegler, Hochschule München (provisorisch)
Margitta Buchert, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Martin Peschken, Technische Universität Braunschweig
Richard Woditsch, Technische Hochschule Nürnberg
Sokratis Georgiadis, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart (provisorisch)
Daniel Gethmann, Technische Universität Graz (provisorisch)
Angelika Schnell, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien (provisorisch)
Bart Lootsma, Innsbruck (provisorisch)
Maarten Delbeke, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
Werner Oechslin, Stiftungsbibliothek Werner Oechslin, Einsiedeln (provisorisch)
Susanne Hauser, Universität der Künste Berlin
Ole W. Fischer University of Utah, UT, USA

 

PROGRAMM

Donnerstag, 1. November: Abendprogramm
Freitrag, 2. November: Tagesprogramm und Abendessen
Samstag, 3. November: Vormittag, Gemeinsame Diskussion und Pläne, anschliessend Wien Exkursion

(Details folgen in Kürze)

 

 

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Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Summer Finals & Meta-Architektur

End of semester celebrations

18:00 (Seminar-room ATTP)
– Introduction to the upcoming (WS19/20) and reinvented Module ‘Meta-Architektur’
– Presentation of the ‘Catalogue of Mobile Statues’ – the result of this years Design Studio in the Daedalus Observatory

19:00/20:00
– open end (ATTP courtyard – or inside the department, in case of bad weather)
– Talks, drinks and burgers!

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Meta-Architektur behandelt Architektur als eine medial vermittelte und
sozial verkörperte Praxis. Um ein Projekt zu verwirklichen, müssen ArchitektInnen nicht nur eine große Zahl an EntscheidungsträgerInnen

von Ihren Entwürfen überzeugen, sie müssen auch für sich selbst eine klare Vorstellung der eigenen Ideen und Ambitionen fassen – kodieren – und kommunizieren können. Die Fähigkeit, sich selbst im Diskurs mit einem allgemeinen Publikum zu begreifen und zu profilieren will gelernt sein. Dieses Modul untersucht und übt verschiedene Fertigkeiten und Strategien dazu. Das Modul richtet sich an alle, die mit und in ihrer Architekturpraxis auch öffentlich reden, schreiben, forschen, vermitteln und kritisieren lernen möchten: in Konzeptarbeit, Theoriediskursen, Architekturforschung, Journalismus, Film, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit.

Bildungsziele:

Im Zentrum dieses Moduls steht das Verhältnis
von Architektur und Code. Es geht in allen Veranstaltungen um die Architektur als eine kritische, kommunikative, wie auch erfinderische Praxis: eine Architektin, ein Architekt soll in eigenem Namen die eigene Arbeit signieren können. Dafür gilt es heute mehr denn je, die Formen, Formate und Fertigkeiten in Kommunikation und Vermittlung nicht nur zu kennen und zu verstehen, sondern auch zu ‚können‘. Darin schulen sich die Studierenden in diesem Modul.


Kernfächer: 10 ECTSVO

Die Vorlesung „SHOW“ beschäftigt sich mit Formen und Formaten der öffentlichen Kommunikation von Architektur (Magazinen, Manifesten, Blogs und Web-Auftritten, Radio, Fernsehen, Film). Durch Theorien der Semiotik, Formen der Diskursanalyse und Interaktionsanalyse wird der Zugang zum Thema geschaffen.
Die Vorlesung „TALK“ untersuchen philosophische Theorien zum relevanten Kultur- und Architekturdiskurs, und bezieht dabei Themen u.a. aus der Ökonomie, der Ökologie, Politik, Ethik, Kunst, Pädagogik, Ingenieurs- und Rechtswissenschaften mit ein.
In der VU „SUBSTITUTE“ lernen die Studierenden Grundkenntnisse von Rhetorik und Poetik kennen, und im Umgang mit Bild und Sprache anwenden.
In der Vorlesungsübung „ACT“ sollen die angeeigneten Fertigkeiten der verschiedenen Kurse des Moduls zusammenspielen: hier geht es darum, das Gelernte in eigene Artikulationen zu übersetzen, die einem vom Dozierenden vorgegebenen und angeleiteten thematischen Kontext zuarbeiten.

2h/2 ECTS
SHOW
Formate: öffentliche Kommunikation

VU 3h/3 ECTS
SUBSTITUTE
Literacy: Artikulieren in Wort und Bild

VO 2h/2
TALK
Diskurs: aktuelle Themen

VU 3h/3 ECTS
ACT
Aufführen: Integrales Zusammenspiel der geübten Fertigkeiten

Wahlfächer: 5 ECTSVO

Die VO „TAME“ beschäftigt sich mit dem Thema Robotics and Architecture. 
Die VO „SCREEN“ beschäftigt sich mit Filmtheorie. 
Die VU „CUT“ beschäftigt sich mit Montage als Theorie und Praxis. 
Die VU „CODE“ beschäftigt sich mit Programmieren und mathematischem Denken für Architekten. 
Die VO „REPORT“ bietet den Studierenden an, vom ATTP organisierte Konferenzen aktiv zu besuchen (mit einem schriftlichen Report).

2h/2ECTS
TAME
Human Robotics und Architektur

VO 2h/2ECTS
SCREEN
Filmtheorie

VU 3h/3ECTS
CUT
Literacy in Montage

VU 3h/3ECTS
CODE
Literacy in Mathematischem Denken

VO 2h/2ECTS
REPORT
Besuch der ATTP Sophistication Konferenz, und schriftlicher Bericht

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Coding the World
Jun
14
11:00 AM11:00

Coding the World

Forum Vertigo: Code-Decode the World

The subject of this introductory session to the theme “Coder le monde” (Coding the World) is to draw up an epistemological and historical perspective of relationships that are both fundamental to and dependent on the evolution of techniques; binding code and art, reason and imaginary, symbol and meaning, human and machine.

The first panel, held by Vera Bühlmann, Pierre Cassou-Noguès and Jasia Reichardt, will address Algorithmics, Art, and Society.

Wednesday, June 14th, Centre Pompidou
https://goo.gl/y6dgwk

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May
16
5:30 AM05:30

Chambord inachevé – joint proposal by ATTP and studio Pa.LaC.E shortlisted

Our project is entitled: I NOURISH AND I EXTINGUISH. LEVER ET COUCHER.

by Pa.LaC.E (Valle Medina and Ben Reynolds) and ATTP (Vera Bühlmann)

Chambord inachevé is an exhibition organized by The Domaine national de Chambord and Dominique Perrault Architecture. More info here (soon):

https://www.chambord.org/en/cfp/

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Apr
30
1:00 PM13:00

H.A.U.S. research on public TV station ORF

View full post at: https://h-a-u-s.org

Our research group Humanoids in Architecture and Urban Spaces on the public TV station ORF: Interviews with Oliver Schürer, and with our robot Machina (Model Pepper).

Link to the broadcast at ORF Mediathek (might be valid for 7 days only, till May 6).

Our part starts around 4:40s

Description of the broadcast at ORF website.

 

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Dec
7
6:30 PM18:30

Quantum Words on Architectonic Objects // THE TABLE // Published Online !

Website online: https://quantumwords.persona.co

 

Quantum Words on Architectonic Objects

Quantum. The unit of emitted energy. Circulating and translating between all things tangible and graspable. Quantum Words on Architectonic Objects are diligent articulations of ordinary things. They are distinctive for the architect ́s ability to offer a richness of detail and insight within no less than five hundred and no more than a thousand words of print. Short enough to be read while drinking an espresso and significant enough to delight the reader with the accepted diversion.

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First in a series:

The Table in the light of Quantity and the Precious.

Invitation to short contributions on: 

THE TABLE
500-1000 words,
English or German

mail to: vera.buehlmann[at]attp.tuwien.ac.at

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edited by
Vera Bühlmann, Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou, Georg Fassl,
ATTP Technische Universität Wien August 2017

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Architectonic Objects Digital Weather Conditions

Digital Fabrication, Smart Cities, the Internet of Things, Big Data, Rationalisation and the Digital Production Chain, Semantic and Object-Oriented Ontologies, Automated Process Design, and Parametrism as the "New International Style": Increasingly so, everything gets connected with everything else in a global kind of intellectual and entropic climate. The temporal currents brings us but modulations of the past. Intellectual tempests are cooking up here and there. Architectural ideas pour like rain from ideational cluster-clouds. Information floods are washing away the shores of long cultivated fields. Fresh breezes are local, recurrent, often they are pleasantly mild.

A building is what withstands the weather. The Quantum Words on Architectonic Objects series wants to cultivate the architectural object amidst this plenty of climatic influences. It reaches out to architects (and other intellectuals) in order to learn articulating what is precious about architecture.

Our Theorem:

What is an architectonic object? An architectonic object is an ordinary object, one we find exposed from what it may once have been conceived as. It may not have lost its mystical appeal altogether, but we have long learned to live with it – to live with it well, and this without fully comprehending it. The architectonic object is an object whose parts are elementary but mobile, whose components are modular yet can be measured (not only calculated), whose balances are asymmetrical and yet producing stability. 

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First in a Series of Architectonic Objects: The Table

The first Architectonic Object we would like to articulate in Quantum Words is that of The Table.

We sit at tables for having diner or breakfast. A table is the sine qua non of every banquet. It stands on four feet and levels a plane in between. A table erects a stable board in distance to the ground. Empty, the table provides the iconic site of modern, experimental methods of investigation. When organised into rows and columns a table provides the iconic site of keeping records, collecting data, organising knowledge. It feeds tax agents just as much as computers. The Round Table lives forth, from King Arthur ́s time onwards, as the iconic site for reconciliation. It is well known to facilitate a flat hierarchy among noble men. In the Symposium, the table manifests the fondness for mixing wine and intellectual discussion.

What open secrets, what precious stories, can we unlock from the role this architectonic object plays in the different architectural disciplines today? How are tables used in Structural Design? In Digital Architecture? In Building Physics? In Social Housing? In City Planning? in Baukunst? In Building Conservation? In Baroque Architecture? In Le Corbusier ́s machines-for-living-in? What does the table, as an architectonic object, afford in the different disciplines? what does it present, what does it exclude, what does it organise, what does it provide, what does it demand, what does it conserve? 

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On the Quantum Words Series

Motto
English: The Very Many and the Big Plenty: Quantity and the Precious
German: Das Sehr Viele und das Grosse Reichliche: Quantität und das Kostbare

How could "the many" possibly be "intensified"? How could something that is abundantly full be measured? How can we rationalise what is not determinably finite and scarce? what could possibly be the unit of such measurement, and even worse, how on earth should we think of the reference magnitude for such a unit? Linguistically speaking, we have here (with The Very Many and the Big Plenty) an intensive qualifier for the many, a measuring adjective for the abundantly full – is this not a sheer mess of category mistakes, a kind of a logical disaster? For any (classically) logical idea of objects, speaking of The Very Many and The Big Plenty certainly is not a phrasing that makes much sense.

Logical Statements (Definition and Order)

That ́s because logics is committed to an understanding of the static that is rooted in a notion of order. Logics deals with statements relative to either cosmical, metaphysical, ontological, or mathematical order. Motion and rest must exclude one another in the states that are at stake in logics, and the same goes for any other pair of, in a logical sense, contradictory notions. Our phrasings, in their paradoxical set ups, could hence not play a legitimate role in any logical argument.

Rhetorical Stasis (Consensus and Order)

Different from logics, rhetorics knew a term that specifically designates set-ups whose starting positions appear to be in contradiction with each other: If two opponents, for a combat in sophistication, enter debate with two competing lines of argumentation, what has to be established first is a middle ground between them. This, in rhetorics, is called Stasis. Stasis literally means a standing still. It designated a state of stability, in which all forces are equal and opposing, and therefore cancel each other out.

Including the Operations of a General Equivalent (Algebra and Money)

How exactly such rhetorical stasis is different from the kind of stasis at stake in logics, this is a large and unsettled issues of which we can perhaps say that it is transversal to philosophy at large. After all, is a notion of order not characterised in the same manner, as a state of stability in which all forces are equal and opposing, and therefore cancelling each other out? is this not why, from understanding the order of things, we can learn to manipulate them? Marcel Hénaff, the anthropologist, has recently caught up with the history of this conflict in his beautiful book entitled The Price of Truth (2003). This is why we aim at linking up with the interplay between quality and quantity.

Statues: Set Up to Keep Something Present

There is another context in which phrases of the kind we are dealing with here might be approached. We might conceive of the paradoxical topic the try to capture best as a kind of statue, literally the set up of something to be kept present, to be remembered, from stature, "to cause to stand, set up."

If such set ups were not logically consistent, so the Ancient Greeks knew already, they will not be capable of maintaining themselves. The stability they put forward, hence, would not be a stability at all: it is bound to corrupt, to degenerate, to become something unstable, something that is capable of decay. Such statues could still appear as beautiful though. Just like poetic verse could appear as beautiful. The Ancient Greeks had a word for this kind of beauty, they called those statues daedalus. Not because the mythical figure of Daedalus, the first architect purported by legend, would alone have been believed as capable of crafting them. But because the legendary first architect was the first to build statues from parts that were modular and mobile: Daedalus was the first to build mechanical statues, statues capable of transporting a certain condition from one situation to another, where the same condition appears, at first, as ill fitted, if not entirely out of place. Mechanics was considered as an art, in the sense that it required the kind of cunning that would translate, literally carry across or bridge, odd situations like Minos ́ wife wishing to mate with the bull that Minos, the king of Crete, had kept from Zeus by cheating on him.

Mechanics and Art, Nature and Culture

In mechanics, indeed, rest and motion need not exclude one another – quite the opposite. They are treated by the mechanic in a way that knows how to keep the balances between them in a variety of manners. The mechanic was he who knew how to distribute the weights between the sides of the scale such as to yield a certain effect repeatedly, objectively, intended and yet completely independent from his subjective will. Is the top of a spinning circle at rest or is it rotating? Problems like these are often treated by the first scientists. Mathematically, they could be rigorously described (by Archimedes for example, who remained one of the most inspiring influences for architects and artists alike throughout the centuries). But logically, they remained problematic. We have here, perhaps, the very theme that underlies the distinction between things artificial and things natural. 

Architectonic Objects: The Whole Picture and The Mobile Partition

With our Quantum Words on Architectonic Objects we want to leave unresolved these philosophical disputes between what we could call The Whole Picture (logical order) and The Mobile Partition (mechanical order, rhetorical stasis, or crafted statues). We want to treat them in the Quantum Way: we seek to acknowledge that there must be a way to accommodate both perspectives, in like manner as in quantum physics, where we can measure the speed of a particle as well as its location, but not both at once.

How could we go about such measurement in architecture? Via objects. We cannot do so without a form of mediacy. Like the mobile statues once called daedalus, objects of the most ordinary kind are caught up in a contradictory activity too: the pot contains but also excludes. A floor supports but also lifts up from the ground. A roof covers but also exposes a structure to the weather. A wall separates rooms but also connects them.

Remembering ordinary objects in terms of their double facedness, we want to address them as Architectonic Objects: object whose parts are elementary but mobile, whose components are modular yet can be measured, whose balances are asymmetrical yet producing stability. An architectonic object is an ordinary object, one which may not have lost its mystical appeal altogether but which can be accounted for quantitatively. 

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Oct
9
4:30 PM16:30

H.A.U.S. - Humanoids in Architecture and Urban Spaces blog is out

The interdisciplinary research group “Architecture Humanoids Project” is researching issues of humanoid technology in human lifeworlds with a focus on architecture and urbanism. By correlating approaches of architectural theory, philosophy and computer engineering, the project is conducting architectural theory and philosophy driven experiments with Aldebarans Pepper, Romeo and some Naos.

Visit the new Blog here: h-a-u-s.org/

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