The Absent Meaning of Concrete Form in Theory of Architecture
Doktorsavhandling, 1996

The aim of this dissertation is to discuss architecture as forming practical conditions for our way-of-being, and to clarify that which prevents traditional theory of architecture from dealing with these practical conditions as such. The dissertation investigates a theoretical problem concerning the nature of the relation between human being and the built environment. The main question is: In what way can we treat architecture as concrete material form, involved in such a way in our practical being, that it contributes to the maintenance and development of our way-of-being? A related question is: Why is this practical meaning usually so hard to treat in theory? By comparing and discussing a selection of theoretical works marked by their turning away, in different ways, from the actual concrete material form (towards something else), the traditional embrace of a Cartesian concept of human being is found to be what prevents theory of architecture from treating a practical meaning of architecture. The persistence of this concept is also found to be strengthened by the influences of closely related practices in which the use of architectural images, as a means to certain knowledges, play a vital role.

body

aesthetic theory

architecture

practical knowledge

artifacts

environmental theory

building function

architectural theory

phenomenology

aesthetic theory

Författare

Cecilia Häggström

Institutionen för form och teknik, Formlära samt teckning, målning och skulptur

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