Thesis Info

Thesis Title
An Experimental Research into Inhabitable Theories
Claudia Westermann
2nd Author
3rd Author
Number of Pages
University of Plymouth
Thesis Supervisor
Roy Ascott
Supervisor e-mail
Other Supervisor(s)
Mike Phillips
Language(s) of Thesis
Department / Discipline
School of Art and Media
Languages Familiar to Author
German, French, English, Latin
URL where full thesis can be found
architecture, poetics, cybernetics, logics, 2nd order, discourse, transdisciplinary
Abstract: 200-500 words
The thesis has been written in partial fulfilment of the requirements for obtaining the degree of a Doctor of Philosophy at the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts (CAiiA), Planetary Collegium, School of Art and Media, Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth, UK. The research was begun in the summer of 2003 as practice based research, and undertaken on a part-time basis. Its First Supervisor was Prof. Roy Ascott, and its Second Supervisor Prof. Mike Phillips. The thesis research is situated within the field of Architecture. Its principle objective is the articulation of arguments for a new theory of architecture as an architectural poetics, and related to this, a new form of discourse as poetry of an architectonic order. The research was initiated through a series of questions that architects confront when asked to create and to speak about what can be understood to be(come) frameworks for (unknown) life. It thus deals with the question of the unknown and, related to this, the question of open form. It develops on the idea that a concept of inhabitation may be feasible exclusively on the basis of a theory that extends the well known two-valued logic that has been dominant in the Western world since the times of classical metaphysics. Rooted in philosophy, the research extends contemporary architectural and critical theory, notions from poets such as Paul Celan, Marguérite Duras and Samuel Beckett, and research in second order cybernetics – the latter with an emphasis on Gotthard Günther’s writings on Non-Aristotelean logic. The text’s focus is on the notion of Architecture as a transcendental concept. It advances the understanding of Architectural Design as a performative process that creates borders rather than borderlines, limits rather than limitations and, is therefore, a discipline of radical communication that always seeks to extend itself towards an Other – the unknown – addressing it without previously quantifying it to render it provable. The research furthers the field of Architecture by contributing to it a new theory in the form of an architectural poetics. It addresses questions of design with a procedural framework in which critical engagement is an intrinsic principle, and offers an alternative to existing discourses through a poetry of architectonic order that is open to the future