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What is the Nature of Architectural Research?
Lecture topic: Contemporary philosophical discussions today focus on the co-constructive relationships of our cultural, ecological, and biological niches. How will these insights alter the way we think about design in the future?
The revolution within the biological and neurosciences over the past quarter century has had a profound effect on philosophical and cultural theory. The nature/nurture debates of the 20th century have given way to coevolutionary, developmental, and embodied models in which biological organisms reconstruct themselves from generation to generation through the play of genetic, cellular, organismic, environmental, and cultural forces. The same models have important implications for design. Allowing us to examine the human ‘experience’ with architectural environments, these models and the new technologies at our disposal open new avenues for research concerning our relationship with the built world. This presentation will discuss three such areas of potential research: 1) homeostasis, or how the human organism directly engages with the built environment; 2) the prereflective and reflective aesthetic experience of design or the dynamics of how we skillfully cope with the built environment (aesthetics defined in a non-formalist or non-normative manner); and 3) the social and cultural dimensions of the built environment, including both our interactions with others and the need for a cultural ethos of design suited to our present state of understanding.
When: April 20, 2016, 7:00PM | NewSchool Auditorium | Free Admission
About Harry Mallgrave For more than 30 years Harry Francis Mallgrave, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Illinois Institute of Technology, has worked as an architect, editor, translator, teacher, and historian. In the last capacity he has authored more than a dozen books relating to architectural theory and history, including his book The Architect’s Brain, which is well-known to the ANFA community. He is currently at work on a book attempting to track the new dimensions of cultural research and their potential importance for the design community.
Join us for this ANFA (Academy of Neuroscience For Architecture) and NewSchool sponsored event for your chance to hear from one of the most respected architects in the industry.