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A joint venture of Prof. Michiel Riedijk, Chair of Architecture at BK/TUD, and Profs. Van de Poel and Kroes of the Section of Philosophy, TPM/TUD, and a ‘kick off’ event for the international conference on ‘Ethics in Architecture and Urbanism’ at Delft in July 9-11, 2014

Mies quoted Plato and Aquinas to explain his architecture, Le Corbusier tapped into Kant’s aesthetics to unravel his revolutionary vision of architecture. But where is the philosophy of architecture today?

To probe this question, TU Delft presents speakers currently at the fore front of this exciting, nascent field. Key presentations are given by Branko Mitrovic, author of the best selling ‘Philosophy for Architects’ in Princeton’s ‘Elements of Architecture’ Series, and ETH Zürich’s Christoph Baumberger, leading the latest anthology on the topic. Six more speakers, including professionally trained philosophers and architects with known expertise in the field, will present their latest research too. Together they probe whether philosophy holds a place in the architecture studio at all, and more generally, which questions the two disciplines open up for each other.

The venue is there to pique interest among students wanting to learn more about architecture philosophy today. But it is also there to discuss the opportunities of the use of philosophy in the context of architecture education – and hence is openly geared at studio instructors with mixed experiences of the use of philosophy in the studio today.


Philosophy and Architecture in Contemporary Architectural Education, by Branko Mitrovic

Architecture’s Color Games: investigating Wittgenstein’s color philosophy, by Carolyn Fahey

The Role of Art in Moral-Emotional Reflection on Technological Risks, by Sabine Roeser

Philosophy of Architecture: Its Relation to Architectural Theory and its Place within Philosophy, by Christoph Baumberger

Taking Architectural Claims More Seriously: Philosophy and Research Methodology, by Pieter Vermaas

Ecosophical Cartography: Space Always Comes After, It Is Good Only When It Comes After, by Andrej Radman

Thinking, practice, and the production of social space, by Jacob Voorthuis

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