The Poetic Dimension in Architecture

Architecture Research Unit at The Cass present a new series of evening lectures by high-profile international practitioners

The Poetic Dimension in Architecture is a new lecture series curated by Florian Beigel and Philip Christou of the Architecture Research Unit at The Cass. The series opens on 21 March with Hermann Czech of Atelier Czech in Vienna. Speakers for the season will include Eric Parry (Eric Parry Architects, London); Adam Khan and Juliette Scalbert (Adam Khan Architects, London); Bijoy Jain (Studio Mumbai, Mumbai, India); Shelly McNamara and Yvonne Farrell (Grafton Architects, Dublin, Ireland) and Tom Emerson (6a Architects, London).

"In a violently poetic text [DH] Lawrence describes what produces poetry: people are constantly putting up an umbrella that shelters them and on the underside of which they draw a firmament and write their conventions and opinions. But poets, artists make a slit in the umbrella, they tear open the firmament itself, to let in a bit of free and windy chaos and to frame in a sudden light a vision that appears through the rent – Wordsworth’s spring or Cézanne’s apple, the silhouettes of Macbeth or Ahab. 
"...Art indeed struggles with chaos, but it does so in order to bring forth a vision that illuminates it for an instant, a Sensation.  

"...Art is not chaos but a composition of chaos that yields the vision or sensation, so that it constitutes, as Joyce says, a chaosmos, a composed chaos – neither foreseen nor preconceived."

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, What Is Philosophy? Trans. Hugh Tomlinson and Graham Burchell (New York; Columbia University Press, 1994), p 203-204.

Read the full programme for The Poetic Dimension in Architecture.

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Location The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
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