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Philosophy and the City
Philosophy and the City
  • Philosophy and the City Inroduction
  • Devdutt Trivedi

Philosophy and the City

Brief

An approach to philosophy is critical in developing thought as a material object to be studied in itself and then applied to the materiality provided to one by perception. Architecture is neither an art nor a science: it emerges from the outside that constructs the inside. A philosophical approach to architecture refines architectural concepts that occur in the form of intensities and intentionalities that are constructed to different degrees. My course titled Philosophy and the City addresses these problems in the light of the extant reality as of today.

The course will comprise of 12 sessions and the following is their break up:

Session 1

  • An introduction to fundamental philosophical concepts: taxonomy, the dialectic, space (extension) and duration
  • Introduction to Philosophy for Architects by Mitrovich Branko. Reading #1 from Philosophy for Architects: Preface to Chapter 1: Plato

Session 2

  • Discussion of Reading #1
  • Assignment of Reading #2 from Philosophy for Architects: Chapter #2:Aristotle

Session 3

  • Discussion of Reading #2
  • Assignment of Reading #3 from Philosophy for Architects: Chapter 3: The Rise of Modernity
  • An introduction to two approaches to philosophy: phenomenology and epistemology
  • Notes on the Cartesian cogito

Session 4

  • Discussion of Reading #3
  • Introduction to Kant. Reading #4 from Philosophy for Architects: Chapter 4:Immanuel Kant

Session 5

  • Discussion on Reading #4
  • Assignment of Reading #5: Chapter 5: Romanticism and Historicism

Session 6

  • Discussion of Reading #5
  • Assignment of Reading #6: Chapter 6 Phenomenology and Hermeneutics and Chapter 8: Analytic Philosophy and Chapter 11:Conclusion

Session 7

  • Introduction to structuralism in linguistics and post-­‐structuralist thought that aims to do away with structure but at the same time deals with construction of matter through carefully constructed problems
  • Introduction to geographical philosophy, a philosophy of territories and decentralized materials in the process of realization
  • Introduction to Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus as a study of geographical philosophy

Session 8

  • Readings from Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus
  • Concepts covered such as rhizome, territorialization, deterritorialization, smooth and striated space
  • Relation of concepts to architectural praxis through the diagrammatic

Session 9

  • Introduction to Elizabeth Groz’s Architecture from the Outside and Deleuze and Guattari for Architects by Andrew Ballantine

Session 10

  • Discussion based on Elizabeth Groz’s Architecture from the Outside and Deleuze and Guattari for Architects by Andrew Ballantine
  • Discussions relating to practice of intensities around extant spaces at KRVIA

Session 11

  • Engaging the extant through ecology
  • Ecology as the differences between the geometrical and the organic
  • Readings from Felix Guattari’s The Three Ecologies

Session 12

  • Submissions of absorbed theory in the form of spatial diagrams
  • Discussion of submissions through theories explored

Devdutt Trivedi Devdutt Trivedi has trained in art and film criticism approached through philosophy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he did his Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies (MAVCS). Currently he lectures at several institutions in Mumbai in the areas of art history, history of graphic design and cinema studies.

devduttfilmscreening@gmail.com

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