Architecture Theory

  • Chair of Architecture Theory - The Body in Architecture

    The Body in Architecture
    Editors: Deborah Hauptmann, 010 Publishers, 2006
    Delft School of Design Series on Architecture and Urbanism

    Issues surrounding the human body, with its intellectual and sensory capacities are recurring themes in architecture theory. Central to the project of humanism was the organizing of the body, its most spectacular achievement being the creation of a mathematics of seeing for the eye through perspective. Consequently, architectural discourse has dealt with a static concept of the body, an ideal 'whole', for which sensory and intellectual capacities do not correspond to present-day research in the sciences and aesthetic theories. Departing from these traditional notions, the theoretical disposition of the collection posits that in a contemporary reading on the very notion of 'body' it is necessary to understand that there are many bodies: individual, collective, mystical, corporate, institutional, animal, even the prosthetic body and the ethological body made up of movements of slowness and speed.
    The Body in Architecture presents a collection of both theoretical essays and architecture, urban & film based projects. The projects presented in the collection advance new ways of envisaging the city ranging from analytic apparatuses of viewing to design experimentations. The section on film presents innovative interpretations of forms and relations which, in one example, mediates multiple and fluctuating perspectives of space and, in another case, works experimentally through the use of film-making procedures along with more traditional means of architectural representations to plot time-space relations through the mechanism of the 'camera eye'.

    Contributions include over a dozen theoretical texts by DSD faculty and researchers and international scholars, practitioners and artists such as M. Christine Boyer, Karsten Harries, Anthony Vidler, Warren Neidich, Michael Muller, Scott Lash and an interview with Rem Koolhaas; and nine project contributions from among others, Stefano Boeri and the video artist Dryden Goodwin.