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Session Overview
D&G and Architecture I
Monday, 05/July/2021:
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Session Chair: Jana Ndiaye Berankova
Session Topics:
D&G and architecture

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4:00pm - 4:30pm

Jana Ndiaye Berankova (Columbia University): Folding the Cartesian Grid: Greg Lynn’s Architectural Interpretation of Deleuze

Jana Ndiaye Berankova

Columbia University, United States of America

This contribution explores links between the oeuvre of Gilles Deleuze and that of the architect and theoretician Greg Lynn. To architects, such as Lynn, the concept of the fold served as a metaphor for their desire to escape the strict determination of their forms by Cartesian coordinate system and for their attempts to provide a theory of complexity grounded in topological geometric types in the moment of an increasing digitalization of their field. The emphasis on "non standard architectures", on curvatures and on singularities in the work of Lynn and other theoreticians veiled a desire to turn away from the modernist paradigm and to contest the linguistic analogy in theory of architecture. By using Lynn's writingsm as a case-study, my paper questions the complex relationship between continental philosophy and architecture in the second half of the 20th century.

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Baroque and Architectonics: The Metaphor of Architecture in Deleuze

nadir lahiji

non, United States of America

At times of crisis, philosophy renews itself by reiterating the time-honored ‘architectural metaphor’ that goes back to Plato, which Kojin Karatani has renamed the ‘Will to Architecture’. The ‘Will to Architecture’, according to Karatani, is the foundation of the Western philosophy. Gilles Deleuze in his landmark The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque resorted to the same metaphor and called it the ‘allegory’ of the ‘Baroque House’. In Chapter 3 of his book entitled ‘What is Baroque’ Deleuze explicates the meaning of the Baroque. In this presentation, I revisit this chapter to critique Deleuze’s architecture metaphor within his philosophical ‘system’. In conclusion of my presentation, I take into task the discourse in architecture academy in the 1990s that took Deleuze’s metaphor literally to misguidedly use it as a prescription for practice.

5:00pm - 5:30pm

Function of the Concepts Figurative and Figural in Machine of Architecture Peter Eisenman

Marian Zervan1, Monika Mitášová2

1Art Research Center of Slovak Academy of Sciences; 2Academy of Fine Arts and Design

In our lecture, we focus on the terms figurative and figural as defined by Francois Lyotard as well as Gilles Deleuze in his book on Francis Bacon. We examine the roles these terms play in Peter Eisenman’s architectural thinking and design. Eisenman became interested in the reflection of Deleuze’s philosophy after his collaboration with Jacques Derrida.

There are various aspects of Deleuze’s influence on Eisenman to be explored. The first utilizes Deleuze’s term fold. The second considers Eisenman’s version of a diagram elaborated in dialogue with Deleuze’s term diagram. And finally, the third points towards Deleuze’s above mentioned terms figurative and figural and their role in Eisenman’s construction of the term and project of the interstitial space.

Our lecture traces Eisenman’s understanding of the terms figurative and figural and asks how interstitiality has become an argument in the problematization of both heterogenous and affirmative aspects of architecture in the process of critical architectural thinking.

5:30pm - 6:00pm

Understanding the Leibnizian monad in the light of Baroque architecture: how to think about the relationship between the history of architecture and the history of philosophy?

Vincent Jacques

École Nationales Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles, France

In his lecture on Schelling, Heidegger criticizes Panofsky's idea that the Gothic cathedral is an architectural setting of scholastic thought. There is no analogy between scholastic philosophy and medieval architecture, Heidegger tells us. In Le Pli, Deleuze poses a relation between the monad and the baroque architecture that we would like to analyze in detail. That Baroque architecture refers to the Leibnizian monad and vice versa is not a metaphor, nor an analogy. It is therefore necessary to ask the question of the nature of this relationship.

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