Pratt Institute School of Architecture and School of Liberal Arts & Sciences


In Mapping on December 23, 2009 at 6:45 pm

A Abram, David:The Flesh Language; Acconci, Vito; Abu-Lughod, Lila: Writing Against Culture; Ahmed, Sarah: Queer Phenomenology ; Allen, Stan: Diagrams MatterMapping the Unmappable on notationThe Future That is Now; Alexander, Christopher: Notes on the Synthesis of Form; Alexie, Sherman: This is What it Means to Say Phoenix; Althusser, Louis: Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (Norton Anthology); Appadurai, Arjun: Disjuncture & DifferenceThe Production of Locality; Appiah, Kwame Anthony: Cosmopolitanism-Imaginary StrangersMaking Conversation; Arakawa + Gins: Living Body MuseumArchitects’ WritingAutopoetic Machine; Asgedom, Araya: The Unsounded Space; Azoulay, Ariella: Archive/Political Concepts: A Critical LexiconThe Civil Contract of Photography Excerpts;

B Bachelard, Gaston: Poetics of Space Excerpts, The Poetics of SpaceDrawers, Chests, and WardrobesDialectics of Outside and Inside; Bailey, Andrew: Carving Voids; Bal, Mieke: “Concept”, “Performance and Performativity”; Baldwin, James: Sonny’s Blues; Barthes, Roland: The Death of the Author, Camera LucidaMyth Today; Bateson, Gregory: Form, Substance, and Difference; Bauman, Zygmunt: Cultures as Concept; Benjamin,Walter: The Storyteller, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction; Berlin, Ira & Harris, Leslie M: Slavery in New York; Bernstein, Philip G.: Parameter Value (The Politics of Parametricisim); Blight, David W: Race and Reunion; Borges, Jorge Luis: Garden of Forking Paths, Borges Lecture Soundbytes; Borradori, Giovanna with Jacques Derrida: Autoimmunity: Real and Symbolic Suicides Deconstructing Terrorism; Bos, Caroline: Un studio unfold ; Bottineau, Didier: Language and Enaction; Boundaries; Browne, Simone: Dark Matters ; Bruno, Giuliana: Atlas of Emotion; Burdick, Benjamin: #hashtag; Butler, Judith: Bodies That MatterGender Trouble “cut up”PostModernism, Subjectivity, and Body Art; Butler, Octavia: BloodchildKindred

C Cadava, Edwardo: The Guano of History; Calabrese, Samantha Definal Animation; Caldwell, Samantha; Calvino, Italo: Invisible Cities; Careri, Francesco: antiwalklandwalk; Caruth, Cathy: Literature and the Enactment of MemoryUnclaimed Experience Introduction The Wound and the Voice; Celan, Paul: Breathcrystal; Chomsky, Noam: Syntactic StructuresThree Models for the Description of Language; A Chairy Tale; Cobbing, Bob & Mayer, Peter: Concerning Concrete Poetry; Cook, Peter: The Metamorphosis of an English Town; Cruz, Teddy: The Architecture of Neoliberalism

D Dadaism; Dada Periodicals; Davidson, Michael: Hearing Things, Prelude; Davis, Angela: Radicalized Punishment and Prison Abolition; Deamer, Peggy: Parametric Schizophrenia; De Certeau, Michel: The Practice of Everyday Life Citation Spatial StoriesStory TimeMaking Do: Uses and TacticsWalking in the CityThe Practice of Everyday Life General Introduction; Deleuze, Gilles: Deleuze on Bacon; Deleuze, Gilles & Guattari, Felix: A Thousand Plateaus, Percept, Affect, and ConceptPostulates of LinguisticsRhizome Introduction, What is a Concept?Frame and Shot, Framing and CuttingBecoming Human, Becoming Animal; Derrida, Jacques: Structure, sign and play in the discourse of the human sciences; Diller, Elizabeth: in conversation with Anthony Vidler; Diller, Elizabeth & Scofidio, Ricardo: Flesh; Douglas, Mary: Purity and Danger (Preface and Introduction) ; Douglis, Evan: Autogenic StructuresAutopoietics of Education; Duarte, Ben and Driscoll, James: The Anticipatory City : Autopoetic Machine; Du Bois, WEB: Modern Critical Views; Dworkin, Craig: Mycopedagogy;

E Eglash, Ron: African Fractals (Introduction) ; Eisenman, Peter: Architecture As A Second Language; Eisenstein, Sergei: Montage and Architecture; Eliade, Mircea: Sacred Space and Making the World Sacred; Ellison, Ralph: The Invisible ManEsparza, Ryan; Evans, Robin: Figures, Doors and Passages, Excerpt of Translations from Drawing to Building

F Fanon, Frantz: Black Skin,White Masks; Faulkner, William: Light in August excerpt; Foucault, Michel: Panopticism, The Author Function, The Prose of the World, Las MeninasWhat is An AuthorThe Body of the CondemnedThe Order of Things; Felman, Shoshana: Education and Crisis, or the Vicissitudes of TeachingThe Return of the Voice Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah; Frampton, Kenneth: Modern Architecture: A Critical History (Excerpts)Prospects for Critical Regionalism; Frascari, Marco: The tell tale detail; Friedman, Alice: Morphosis Venice HouseRietveld House; Fung, Mandi;

G Gans + Jelacic Arhcitecture: Displacement: The Realpolitik of Utopia; Gannon, Todd: Pragmatic Radicalism, Aesthetic Bliss, and Other LA Stories; Geertz, C: Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture; Giamarelos, Stylianos: Crisis; Gil, Jose with Andre Lepecki: Paradoxical Body; Gins, Madeline: Helen Keller or Akwara IHelen Keller or Akwara II; Goffman, Irving: PerformancesThe Presentation of Self in Everyday Life; Goodman, Nelson: Languages of ArtScore, Sketch and Script; Graff, Gerald: They Say I Say; Godlewski, Joseph: Rem Koolhaas in Lagos; Grant, Bradford: Accommodation, Resistance, and Appropriation in African-American Building; Grosz, Elizabeth: Bodies-Cities;

H Harris, Joseph: Coming to Terms; Hartman, Saidiya: Scenes of SubjectionScenes of Subjection Excerpt, Heidegger, Martin: Being and TimeThe Origin of the Work of Art Trans. Albert Hofstadter, The Origin of the Work of Art Trans. David Farrell Krell, Building Dwelling Thinking; Hiss, Tony: Simultaneous Perception ; Hogrefe, Jeffrey; Hollerith, Henry Box Brown: Narrative of the life of Henry Box Brown; Herman; Hogue, Martin: The Site as Project; Holl, Steven: Parallax; Hooks, Bell: Engaged Pedagogy Representing Whiteness in the Black Imagination; Huber, David: Chandigarh, Noted; Huyssen, Andreas: Mapping the Postmodern; Hyde, Lewis: A Draft of Whitman  

I Inada, Lawson Fusao: Legends from the Camp; Infold, Tim. Irigaray, Luce: The Wedding Between the Body and Language; Isozaki Arata: Four Decades of Architecture; Iversen, Margaret: Warburgs Tradition

J Jameson, Fredric: The Formalist Projection,The Sructuralist Projection; Jencks, Charles and Karl Kropf: Theories and Manifestoes of Contemporary Architecture; Jones, Wes: Can Tectonics Grasp Smoothness?; Joyce, James: Araby;

K Kafer, Alison: Feminist, Queer, Crip; Kahn, Louis: Light is the ThemeKelly, Mary; Kincaid, Jamaica: In History; Kipnis, Jeffrey: In conversation with Peter Eisenman; Koolhaas, Rem: Coney IslandDelirious New York Delirious New York (Excerpt 3)ExodusSmall, Medium, Large, Extra-Large ExcerptsS,M,L,XL; Kocik, Robert: Overcoming Fitness; Kovac, Tom: 100YC [100 Year City]; Kramer, Paul: The Water Cure; Krauss, Rosalind: Sculpture in the Expanded Field; 

L Lavin, Sylvia: Kissing ArchitectureLying Fallow; Latour, Bruno: Reassembling the Social; Leach, Neil: The Anaesthetics of Architecture ; Le Corbusier: Modulor 2 (Excerpt 1)Modulor 2 (Excerpt 2)Towards A New Architecture; Lee, Ardon; Lefebvre, Henri: The Monument; Leibniz, Gottfried: Monadology; Lepore, Jill: New York Burning; Lincoln, Abraham; Lines of Flight;  Livingston, Ira: The order of things in a nutshell; Lloyd, David: Ruins/Runes; Lynch, Kevin: What Time is this Place excerptLynn, Greg: in conversation with Peter Eisenman

M Marx, Leo: Sleepy Hollow from The Machine in the Garden; McClaren, Norman; Martin, Reinhold: On numbers, more or less; McKittrick, Katherine: Demonic Grounds – Geographic Stories; McPherson, James M.: This Mighty Scourge; Menand, Louis: The Metaphysical Club; Merleau-Ponty, Maurice: Intertwining The ChiasmSynthesis on One’s Own Body; Mayne, Thom: Connected Isolation; Morrison, Toni: Beloved; Moten, Fred: Black Optimism/Black OperationResistance of the Object: Aunt Hester’s ScreamIn the Break ; Mulvey, Laura: Visual Pleasure…; Munoz, Jose Esteban: Disidentifications IntroductionThe White to Be AngryLatina Performance and Queer Worldmaking; or Chusmeria at the End of the Twentieth Century; Murphy, Amy: Traces of Flaneuse

N Neil M. Denari Architects: HL23; Nietzsche, Friedrich: On Truth and Lying; Nomadology; Nye, David E: American Technological Sublime

O Ockman, Joan: Architecture School Introduction; Owens, Craig: The Allegorical Impulse Toward A Theory of Postmodernism

P Pallasmaa, Juhani: The Eyes of the Skin; Perec, Georges: Species of Spaces and Other Pieces; Pettman, Dominic: A Self of Ones Own; Peirce, Charles: Selected Writings: Letters to Lady WelbySelected Writings; Philip, M. NourbeSe: Zong!; PISSAR: Critically Queer and Disabled Politics ExcerptCritically Queer and Disabled Politics Full; Picon, Antoine: Dom-ino: Archetype and Fiction;  edited by Matthew Poole & Manuel Shvartzberg; Ponte, Alessandra: Maps and Territories; Poole, Matthew & Shvartzberg, Manuel: Introduction ,The Politics of Parametricism; Powers, William K.: Time and Space; Preziosi, Donald: Modernity and Its Discontents

Q Queneue, Raymond;

R Ranciere, Jacques: Spinoza’s Geometric and Ecological Ratios; Reynolds, David S.: John Brown Abolitionist; Richter, Hans: Demonstration of the Universal LanguageZurich Dada; Robinson, Sarah: The Mind of the Skin; Rosenfeld, Gavriel: Toward a Jewish Architecture?; Rossi, Aldo: Scientific AutobiographyThe Architecture of the City; Rowe, Colin: Collision City Mathematics of the Ideal Villa;  Ruddick, Lisa: A Rosy Charm: Gertrude Stein and The Repressed Feminine; Ruy, David: Autogenic Succession

S Samet, Adi; Scarry, Elaine: The Interior Structure of the Artifact; Schumacher, Patrik: The historical pertinence of parametricism and the prospect of a free market urban order; Schwitters, Kurt; Segmentarity; Sebald, WG: Austerlitz excerpt; Sennet, Richard: The Conscience of the Eye; Serra, Richard: Verb List; Shklovsky, Viktor: Art As Device Siebers, Tobin: Disability Theory; Smith, Zadie: Speaking in Tongues; Smithson, Robert: A Tour of the Monuments; Stein, Gertrude: Portraits and RepetitionTender Buttons; Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty: Harlem; Stewart, John: Enaction; Stoner, Jill: Toward A Minor Architecture; Striated, The; Surplus-Profit

T Tafuri, Manfredo: Avant Gardes and Architecture from Piranesi to the 1970s Tanizaki, Junichiro: In Praise of Shadows; Teyssot, Georges: Windows and Screens from A Topology of Everyday ConstellationsThe Mutant Body of Architecture; Thompson, D’Arcy: On Growth and Form; Textual Analysis; Trummer, Peter: The City as an Object; Tschumi, Bernard Sequences

UNStudio: Mercedes-Benz Museum

V Van Berkel, Ben: UNStudio Unfold; Vattimo, Gianni: The Transparent Society; Venturi, Robert: Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture; Vitale, Christopher: Networkologies: A Manifesto

W Waldrop, Rosmarie: Alarms Excursions; Wallace, David Foster: Consider the LobsterTense Present; War Machine; Warburg, Aby: Images from the Region of the Pueblo Indians of North America; Wark, McKenzie: The Beach Beneath the Street (excerpt); Waytz, Adam with Kurt Gray, Nicholas Epley, and Daniel M. Wegner: Causes and Consequences of Mind Perception; Wegman, William: Selected Works; Wilson, Elizabeth: Sexuality and Space Book Review; Whythe, Iain Boyd: Bruno Taut and the Architecture of Activism; West, Isaac: Critically Queer and Disabled Politics ExcerptCritically Queer and Disabled Politics Full; Whitehead, Colson: The Colossus of New York; Whiting, Sarah: in conversation with Peter Eisenman; Whiting, Sarah: PossibilitarianismWelcome to the Banquet; Wigley, Mark: Sexuality and SpaceHousing Gender; Williams, Patricia J.; Williams, Joseph: Cohesion and Coherence; Wind, Edgar: Concept of Kulturwissneschaft; Woolf, Virginia: A Room of One’s OwnThe New Biography; Woods, Lebbeus: Radical Reconstruction; Woodward, Vann C: Mary Chesnut’s Civil War;


Yatsuka, Hajime: Urban Project as Thought Experiment

Z Zavattini, Cesare: Some Ideas on the Cinema


In Mapping on December 23, 2009 at 6:26 pm

The Architecture Writing Program: Language/Making

By Jeffrey Hogrefe

The Architecture Writing Program: Language/Making is a transdisciplinary initiative that aims to conduct research so as to encourage the development of experimental studies in philosophy, critical theory and poetics across the various disciplines which support architectural practice. The innovative faculty and student driven exchange of transdisciplinary research is made possible by the integration of language and architecture as a site of new possible futures in collective knowledge. Language operates in multiple forms so as to create new structures between language and architecture in the conceptualization and contextualization of architectural form in a range of performances. Conscious of the possibility that architecture can be generative of new types of sensitivity to the body and inner subjectivity in relationship to space, and new forms of knowledge and understanding of the world, the program seeks to locate a critical position from within the production of architecture as it responds to theory, criticism, philosophy, literature and film. The practice of “architecture writing” and “language/making” looks to literature, film, theory, criticism and philosophy as material with which to make and name space, as it responds to the emerging technologies of the biopolitical body. Language as a way to study, critique and imagine new forms of enclosures and movement for new distributions of bodies and transformative spaces within and without the production of architecture.  Language as ontological and epistemological applications of philosophy in the articulation of a responsive architecture.

The innovative program encourages the development of articulate, individual voice for the architecture student: the voice of the student as the interpreter of their own architecture is vital at a time when students come from increasingly diverse backgrounds and architecture incorporates new economies and new forms of languages brought about by the computational tools and techniques of the digital creation and visualization of forms and signs. For the designer who moves rapidly back and forth between various platforms that constitute the digital studio, the acquisition of a critical practice in architecture writing and language making enables new forms of knowledge to be created and new ways of being in the world to be considered in response to the urgencies of a global economy. Through this curriculum the student acquires metacognitive skills which allow them to establish the terms by which they want their architectural work to be assessed and to develop a set of critical terms to evaluate, understand and explain their work in relationship to the context. The student learns to acquire the ability to perceive the various elements of a situation while it is happening, and to be able to deftly negotiate the rhetoric, poetics and performances that can describe and interpret the ongoingness of their project as a concept that has meaning. In this way they learn to assess their projects both as representations that are mediated by symbolic, social and political forces and as conceptual propositions with a motivated intention, clear syntax and definable context.

The doubly operative nature of architecture writing and language making that crosses both the seminar and the studio with knowledge that can inform a project with a new level of criticality offers the opportunity to understand the ways that knowledge and power are intertwined in the body and the mind through engagement in creative practices in a range of philosophy, theory and criticism, literature and film that can be mapped together to produce new knowledge. Through the acquisition of this new practice in criticality new concepts can be created in acquisition of perceptual knowledge through exercises in embodied cognition that are informed by a critical, philosophical and theoretical understanding of knowledge as it is being made and remade creatively. This integration of curriculum is made possible through a series of innovative humanities courses that are cross-linked and integrated with the design studios to bring literary and critical studies, authorship and conceptual writing and performance directly into the studio.

A synergistic practice taken from linguistics, “mapping,” separated from its way-finding operation, is a form of abstraction that takes place in the tissue of texts so as to engender connections that can lead to new forms of knowledge: The scale of the body informing its own architecture, the conceptualization of form and the contextualization of a site in a given condition that is mediated by new forms of digital and actual landscapes as they regard the various speeds of the exchange between critical theory, film, philosophy, literature and architecture. The conceptual agenda of studio is aligned thematically with the intellectual trajectory of the seminar to introduce new understanding of analytical practices and interpretative skills directly into the production of architecture. The mapping between the courses enables the student to articulate writing directly with the studio as a form of making and post rationalization, and thereby privilege architecture writing and language making as an integral component of a critical and speculative practice in architecture.

Due to the close integration of the courses the presence of Humanities and Media Studies faculty in the studio enriches the culture of the architecture school by offering diverse perspectives, practices and discourses. Language moves back and forth between writing courses and studios in a synergetic feedback loop that enriches instruction in both the Humanities and Media Studies and Architecture. Architecture Writing is the signature program of the new department of Humanities and Media Studies, a hybrid discipline at Pratt Institute that was created from the former English and Humanities Department in response to the potential offered to the concept of the human as it is reimagined in the digital age with regard to considerations of the post-human and non-human. The disciplines have become doubly operative, which is to say that they move back and forth fluidly in ways that enable the coding systems of languages to be considered in both verbal and visual media as new ways of being are constructed in the post colonial exhibition.

Architecture Writing is not necessarily writing about architecture or architecture history and theory, although those practices and disciplines are considered in the practice. It is learning how to consider architecture as a form of writing both within and beyond the discipline to extend the role of architecture as a social practice in the past, present and future and  to imagine new worlds to come for the contested body in a global space. Language making is embodied cognition that informs the body of the practitioner with new levels of understanding of the ways in which language is formed in the body as experience that can be understand as the production of subjectivity, codification of signs and relationship of the earth and environment. Practitioners learn to write as a considered interpretive practice of cultural experience that can be incorporated in the conceptualization and presentation of their architecture and its relationship to other disciplines. Architecture Writing engages in interpretive practices with a variety of texts so as to learn to synthesize ideas from multiple sources and apply abstract theory in analysis of a text; to engage with, contextualize and critically apply differing theoretical understandings of language and its relationship to space/architecture; and, moreover, to understand the ways in which any work engages with the work of others, both contemporaneously and historically. Practitioners acquire the ability to appropriate the formal structures of literary media as a skeleton for creative interventions in the presentation of a project. All of this language making and writing is then compiled as an archive from which to curate a position.

Architecture Writing: Language/Making has introduced a critical practice in making new forms of knowledge in architecture and in relationship to architecture as a humanities discipline. If, as historian Joan Ockman has proposed, the distinctive feature of an architecture education is its syncretic application of diverse and often-contradictory bases of knowledge, the adoption of language making and writing as a studio practice enables the student to move between platforms to form new critical connections, new structures and new ways of being as they generate architecture that is rich and supple and transformative. (2012: Ockman, 10.)

Architecture School Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America. Edited by Joan Ockman and Rebecca Williamson. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012.


In Projects on December 23, 2009 at 5:55 pm

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First Year Text Image Panel

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