Τhe topological understanding of place in contemporary architecture
Tuesday 24 May, 17:00 Lecture Room 301
The concept of place in architectural discourse has been limited to interpretations that connect it to a phenomenological version, derived mainly from romantic tradition, as a concrete existential framework, that is in permanent dialectical opposition in relation to the abstract space. The lecture examines the origins of this contradiction, and proposes the concept of ‘place as a potential of difference’ according to the thinking of Deleuze-Guattari. In this view, the place does not work anymore as a constant ground to guarantee the identity of a sense but is an opportunity for its repetitive differentiation. Contemporary architectural projects are analyzed attempting a meta-phenomenological approach, in which place constitutes a dynamic parameter with intensive qualities of boundary, a threshold to transforming spatial situations, a topological assemblage of the sense and sensation syntheme.
Dimitra Chatzisavva, PhD in architecture, assistant professor at the School of Architecture Technical University of Crete, teaches architectural theory and architectural and urban design