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Architectures of Embodiment

Disclosing New Intelligibilities

This book was originated within the research environment Architecture of Embodiment, which inquires into architecture from an enactivist perspective and through aesthetic practices. This research environment does not primarily aim to formulate answers to its main research question—how does architecture condition the emergence of sense?—but to provide the adequate conceptual, methodological, and communicative conditions to address it. Ultimately, it aims to destabilize its objects of research in order to disclose new intelligibilities of the issues under inquiry. In this sense, Architecture of Embodiment, as an environment, intends to fulfill a fundamental cognitive function of research through aesthetic practices.

Architectures of Embodiment is a constellation of coexisting autonomous artifacts: texts by Alex Arteaga, Mika Elo, Ana García Varas, Lidia Gasperoni, Jonathan Hale, Susanne Hauser, Dieter Mersch and Gerard Vilar in dialogue with one another through comments and comments on the comments. It is conceived as a dialogical research dispositive: an invitation to participate in an open-ended process of research within a growing ecology of research practices.

352 pages | 6 1/2 x 9 1/4

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Table of Contents

9 Introduction
Alex Arteaga

16 Agencies in Architecture: Intention and
Improvised Action in the Building Process
Ana Garc.a Varas

94 Drawing on Language:“Aesthetic
Research” as Experience and Expression
Jonathan Hale

126 Exploring Edges and Taking Place:
Reflections on Environment and
Lidia Gasperoni

170 Aesthetic Research. An Exploratory Essay
Alex Arteaga

226 Artistic Composition as Research
Dieter Mersch

266 Aesthetics and Aesthetic Research
Gerard Vilar

310 Stuff Framed: Moving Boxes, Vitrines and
a Lot of Words
Mika Elo

330 The Ends of Design
Susanne Hauser

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