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Lecture 1

ASC 103 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Proxemics, Raymond Williams

Architectural Science
Course Code
ASC 103
George Kapelos

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Lecture 01 – Introduction + Unit 01
-Introduction – where to begin?
-Architecture is a discipline with multiple ‘truths’ and multiple meanings
-The dilemma of ‘Plurality’
-Diversity and plurality, historically
-‘The Vitruvian Principles’
-Vitruvius: The Ten Books of Architecture
-Chapter 2: the fundamental principles of architecture
-Architecture depends on order (Greek ‘taxis’), arrangement
eurhythmy, symmetry, propriety, and economy (‘oikonomia’)
-Quantum physics: randomness, duality
-Eternal truths vs. new ideas
-New sciences: proxemics
-Architecture: a balance between a set of rules and the (idea of) ‘genius’ of the creator
Unit 01: Narrative, context and cultural meaning
-What is architecture?
-Architecture as a series of narratives
-What is a narrative?
-We all have a story to tell
-Narrative (Latin ‘gnararerer’ = to know)
-A recital of facts
-The art of reciting facts
-Fact vs. opinion
-Truth/reality vs. belief/unsubstantiated conclusion
-Narrative for knowledge exchange
-The narrative and “narratives of architecture”
-Narrative: account, statement, report, chronicle, history, story, tale
-Narration: account, story-telling, story, tale, telling, relation, recital
-Why ‘narratives of architecture’?
-Stories are everywhere
-Not only do we tell stories, but stories tell us
-The telling of a story is always bound up with power
-Stories are multiple: there is always more than one story
-Stories have something to tell us about stories themselves
-Aspects of narrative
-Events and telling
-Stories are connected to their time and context
-The interpretation of a story is also about understanding its context
-Narrative requires the “construction of the subject”
-Narratives are always shifting
-Narrative al also about ‘desire’
-This includes the ‘other’
-Narrative includes counter-narrative
-Narratives are interpreted to be about power
-By use of narrative, we uncover the meaning(s) of architecture and move toward
achieving an understanding of this complex discipline
-Architecture = culture
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