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Message posted on 11/09/2020

virtual conference Architecture Metaphor

Dear all,

i would like to invite you to participate in the virtual conference
/Architectur_Metaphor/ that will take place from 5th to 7th November
2020, organized by the interdisziplinary LOEWE research project
Architectures of Order.

Kind regards,

On behalf of the organizing committee

Stephanie Knuth


International conference: 5-7 November 2020

We commonly and ubiquitously use architectural metaphors in both
everyday speech as well as various professional contexts. Yet we rarely,
if at all, register this connection when we talk, for example, about
software /architects/, thought /constructs/, /pillars/ of society, the
/architecture/ of the brain or the /façade/ a person puts up. At the
same time, metaphors also feature prominently in the fields of
architecture and urbanism, where they are being used for the development
of design concepts and provide useful means to communicate, discuss and
evaluate design features. Examples range from /crystalline/ buildings to
the /fabric/ of a city, but also include Le Corbusier’s infamous
description of houses as ‘machines for living in.’

/Architecture_Metaphor/aims to investigate the relationship between
architecture and metaphors from two angles. On the one hand, we want to
examine the relevance of metaphors in and for knowledge production
within the fields of architecture and urbanism and how they affect both
design practices as well as theoretical discourses. Yet, we are equally
interested in the capacity of metaphors as productive mediators in
processes of knowledge transfer between the fields of architecture and
everyday knowledges and between architectural and other professional
discourses, and an exploration of the metaphor’s potential as a lens
that allows us to zoom in and examine the involvement of architecture as
a cultural practice in processes of social ordering.

This virtual conference is the first event organized by the
interdisciplinary LOEWE research project /Architectures of Order
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Please refer to our website
for the full conference program
and more information.

Registration opens on 10 September 2020. Participation is free but
places are limited.

Stephanie Knuth M.A.
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Institut für Soziologie
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Landwehrstraße 48/a | 64293 Darmstadt | S4/22 309 |
+49 6151 16 57 458 |

LOEWE Schwerpunkt „Architekturen des Ordnens"
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt | Campus Bockenheim
Juridicum | Senckenberganlage 31
60325 Frankfurt am Main | Raum 255 |
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