Architecture Theory

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The Philosophy of the Image

The Philosophy of Image and Architecture addresses questions of drawing, media and image production within Architecture, Urbanism, Art and Film. The material for discussion in these lectures will provide for theoretical and philosophical reflection on 'image' and the relation of architecture to media involved with image production and its implication for present and future practice.

The first part of the lectures will present the phenomenology of seeing for archaic art and practice in relation to the practice of architecture and its philosophical discussion, from Plato’s reflections on the image, and the model, the ideal, and the argument for mimesis, up to Aristotle. For late antique evidence we will examine the consequences of philosophical research, mostly Stoical, for the practice of art, architecture, and reflections on image making. For medieval evidence we will look at the conception of religious art, and current research through a reading of Panofsky's work Gothic Art and Scholasticism. For the Renaissance period we will look exclusively at Vasari.

 The lectures will scrutinize the nature of image, text and reproduction for architectural practice, and its subsequent development in the Baroque, to the end of the 18th century. For the 19th and 20th century, the relation between image, photography, cinema and architecture will be discussed using Walter Benjamin's late research's on Paris as Capital of the 20th century, in his analysis of technology and seeing for the development of modern architecture.