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Architecture is not Technology:
in the Praxis for Presencing Architecture
Unspoken Issues in Architectural Education 2014
on April 3rd 2013. Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus.
from the dissertation
Goal in Architecture: The mutual claiming of one another of
Architecture and Spirituality
The qualifications an architect prepares and by which the architect is permitted to practice professionally are almost exclusively technological parameters. We are naming ourselves and credentialing ourselves for the right to practice architecture professionally with evidence of technological ability. Once legitimized as architects we are free to define architecture in education, in our practice, research as well as with each project. It may seem enough to provide environments that effect lives materially, but that begs the issue of why architecture would then exist at all. What are the implications that evince this question in practice?
The perceptions of practice that Dana Cuff (Cuff 1991) and Robert Gutmann (Gutmann 2010) developed are bound up with this issue. Those insights have in the mean time turned from being factors for consideration in successful practice to a symptomology of the profession. Education has spent long enough attempting to generate graduates that supersede those problems to verify a lack of adequate results.
The well known theoretical and practical examples around the work of Heidegger and Louis I. Kahn as proposed by Christian Norberg-Schulz among others, make for a useful beginning. Norberg- Schulz specifically mentions education.
philosophical intentions. Heidegger expresses the disclosing ‘gathering’ of dwelling in Building
Dwelling Thinking using a bridge as an example of such revealing. TALK
That questioning can be traced back toward its origin through spirituality in its literature and arts over millennia (Larson 2008). Pure phenomenology is — in turn — remarkably similar to spiritual practice, using the same human facilities. Thus Norberg-Schulz’s approach, limited as it is, develops a threshold and we will take a step further including spirituality as the modus that answers the questioning grounds.