Brown Bag: Latour for Architects

This presentation takes point of departure in a book project titled ‘Latour for Architects’. It examine the French thinker Bruno Latour and what his highly original ideas and thoughts might mean to architural thinking and understanding. Latour’s key contribution to architectural thinking is in plain terms that he enables us to re-think and re-describe what we think we know in innovative, creative an surprising terms – with the repercussion of leaving us wiser and sharper on the world of architecture. The radical ‘promise’ of Latour’s thinking when applied to architecture is that ‘agency’ needs to be designated to many different entities (humans, buildings, materials, regulatory frames, local customs, spaces, doors, streets, ticket machines, cars etc.) Latour help us answer the question ‘what makes architecture happen?’ by showing the ‘agency of architecure’ to reside in multiple things and levels. In other words, by putting people, spaces and things at the same ontological level Latour shows us how dynamic and complex the world of architecture is. The book is motivated and animated by answering specific pragmatic questions such as: What does architecture do? What are architects doing? What practices and actions are enabled by specific designs and arhcitectures?

Time

15.11.2018 kl. 12.00 - 13.00

Description

This presentation takes point of departure in a book project titled ‘Latour for Architects’. It examine the French thinker Bruno Latour and what his highly original ideas and thoughts might mean to architural thinking and understanding. Latour’s key contribution to architectural thinking is in plain terms that he enables us to re-think and re-describe what we think we know in innovative, creative an surprising terms – with the repercussion of leaving us wiser and sharper on the world of architecture. The radical ‘promise’ of Latour’s thinking when applied to architecture is that ‘agency’ needs to be designated to many different entities (humans, buildings, materials, regulatory frames, local customs, spaces, doors, streets, ticket machines, cars etc.) Latour help us answer the question ‘what makes architecture happen?’ by showing the ‘agency of architecure’ to reside in multiple things and levels. In other words, by putting people, spaces and things at the same ontological level Latour shows us how dynamic and complex the world of architecture is. The book is motivated and animated by answering specific pragmatic questions such as: What does architecture do? What are architects doing? What practices and actions are enabled by specific designs and arhcitectures?

Place and time: Rendsburggade 14, room 4.325, November 15, 12:00-13:00

The seminars are open to everyone with interest in Mobilities and Urban studies.
Pre-registration is not needed. Please bring you own lunch.

Looking forward to see you at the C-MUS Brown Bag Seminars!