HCT Debates: Nadir Lahiji


Organised and hosted by Marina Lathouri

Series: HCT Debates: Dis-locutions, the architectural and the political
Date: 18/3/2016
Time: 14:00:00
Venue: New Soft Room

HCT Debates: Dis-locutions, the architectural and the political

The HCT Debates provide a venue for exchange of ideas and arguments. External speakers are invited every week to present and engage with tutors and students. The aim is to position the multiple voices making possible a process of thinking in common, by definition a pedagogical practice different from the seminar or the lecture. The sessions are open to the public.


Nadir Lahiji: Architecture, Philosophy, and the Subject of the Baroque

The return of the Baroque in contemporary theory is apparent in the way various academic disciplines are attempting to re-engage with it at a philosophical level. Contemporary architecture, in particular, is notable for an almost obsessive concern with the Baroque and for importing many related concepts from French philosophy into its discourse. Unfortunately, however, to the price of such borrowings has been a massive simplification and reduction of the radical critical core of this remarkable body of work. In this seminar, I examine architecture’s misadventures with the Baroque and submit them to a rigorous critique.


Christine Buci-Glucksmann, The Madness of Vision, On Baroque Aesthetics, trans., Dorothy Z. Baker (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2013)

Gilles Deleuze’s, The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque, Chapter 3.

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