School of Architecture, CUHK

Peter W. Ferretto: Architectural Conditions

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Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba University

Architectural Conditions by Prof. Peter W. Ferretto

Lecture by Prof. Peter W. Ferretto

Our interpretation of architecture so often relies on preexisting or even preconceived cannons installed into us by previous readings. One could argue that today we still process architecture through the paradigms set out by Vitruvius: Utilitas, Firmitas and Venustas. Such categorisations frequently ignore the actual inhabitation of a place and what could be defined as the sensation of the present, or, to coin a neologism, the “Architectural Condition”. Understanding architecture as a condition is an essential step to embracing architecture as a dynamic and ever-changing notion, a discipline that relies on the paradoxical and ambivalent rather than the prescriptive and definitive. Conditions open up possibilities, and through this lecture, 10 potential avenues will be presented and explored.

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