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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Residues: architecture, drawing, philosophy

6th February 2018, 17:30 to 18:30, Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, Professor Michael Chapman (University of Newcastle, Australia)


This lecture will explore the interrelationship between architecture and philosophy as it has been played out through the medium of drawing, and with a particular emphasis on post-enlightenment and early modernist discourses around representation and philosophy. The lecture will look at the emergence of architectural drawing as a medium to both explore and critique philosophical structures in the post-Enlightenment, and equally as an escape from the disciplinary constraints of architecture as building. Using the framework of cosmologies, the lecture will look at the way that philosophy and architectural drawing developed a dialogue in the work of key architects who questioned the frameworks of architectural production, and, in the process, expanded the medium of architectural representation into a philosophical, phenomenological and also deeply psychological domain. Using key themes drawn from philosophy, the lecture explores how love, fear, existence, nature and science all found themselves entwined in this new medium of expression, and the implications this had for architecture both then and now.

This lecture is free and open to all.

Details about Professor Michael Chapman

Directions to Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College

Map - Van Mildert College is denoted as building No.4

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