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Repositioning. Theory Now. Don't excavate, change reailty!: Chapter 24
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture. (UMA PhD research school)
1960 (English)In: This Thing Called Theory / [ed] Teresa Stoppani, Giorgio Ponzo, George Themistokleous, New York, London: Routledge, 1960, first edition, 252-258 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Architectural theory can come from many directions informing the praxis of architecture. These different directions generate points of view that can be, and indeed are, all-relevant; but how they could drive a social and ethical relevant practice is a question that, I believe, architectural theory needs to address today. More than ever – following Antonio Gramsci and Edward Said[i]– the intellectual needs to develop and have a specific public role in society that cannot be reduced simply to being a faceless professional, a competent member of a class just going about her/his business.

With my plea for the architect as public intellectual I look for an optimistic critique – a new theory – that projects alternatives with a passion for the real. This means that we need a new model for theory and the role of theorist that aims at a social project which is both after independence (autonomy) and a new idea of emancipation. As philosopher Alain Badiou remarked we cannot just continue the experiences of the last century. Important to understand is that our global condition is in need of a new conceptual framework after the failure of late-capitalism, the destruction of nature and the arrival of the digital. Opportunities arise to develop alternatives from within, now that a critical position negating the real from the outside is no longer an option.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York, London: Routledge, 1960, first edition. 252-258 p.
Series
Critiques: Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities, Routledge
Keyword [en]
architecture, theory, history, philosophy, things, engagement, criticality
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Architecture
Research subject
Aesthetics; design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130420ISBN: 9781138223004 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-130420DiVA: diva2:1066905
Projects
research project, 12th annual conference of the Architectural Humanities research Association held at Leeds Beckett University.
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