Architectural making is an act of speculation to the degree that the architectural construct offers a new way of seeing and framing things in the way it narrates a life in an expanded field of consciousness, a micro-geography. The narrative possibilities of architectural space, the way the architectural object interprets life in its narration, are directly related to the structures of our lived experience where spatio-temporal consciousness is inseparably tied to our socio-psychological sense of being. However, the mainstream conceptions of architectural experience in contemporary literature mostly orbit around an idea of phenomenological consciousness which views our engagement with architecture at the level of a subject – object relation. The subject, however much her intentionality is embedded in her surroundings and life traditions, is still a subject as a hermeneutical node confronted with architectural objects. On the other extreme, there is also a strong literature in contemporary theory that dismisses the notion of experience altogether from the field of architecture. This latter view, in direct opposition to phenomenological approaches to experience, tends to understand architectural making solely based on socio-historical codes as part of a larger cycle of cultural production. My presentation aims to show that neither of these extremist views can fully account for the speculative nature of architectural making and constructed micro-geographies when we understand architecture as a narrative field of intervention in the event space of life above and beyond a subject – object relation or a socio-economic determination. In the narrative flux the object generates, our self-understanding moves in an interpretative space that also embodies the memory of the other in its unfamiliarity.
|Keywords:||Architecture, Making, Design, Process, Text and Object, Image, Kant, Interpretation, Aesthetics, Hermeneutics|
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Community Design, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA