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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, Arizona; Althusser, Louis: Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses ; Anderson, Benedict: Imagined Communities Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism: 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 Space; Drawers, Chests, and WardrobesDialectics of Outside and Inside; Bailey, Andrew: Carving Voids; Bal, Mieke: “Concept”, “Performance and Performativity”; Baldwin, James: Sonny’s Blues; Baldwin, James:“Stranger in the Village”; Baptist, Edward E. and Ron Butler: The Half Has Never Been Told Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism.; Barthes, Roland: The Death of the Author, Camera LucidaMyth Today; Barton, Craig: Sites of Memory Perspectives on Architecture and Race.; 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; Bhabha, Homi: “DissemiNation Time, Narrative, and the Margins of the Modern Nation.” In Nation and Narration.; 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; Breton, André: Manifestoes of Surrealism;Brown, Trisha: Trishia Brown So that the audience doe not know that I have stopped dancing; Browne, Simone: Dark Matters ; Bruno, Giuliana: Atlas of Emotion; Bryan-Wilson, Julia: Bryan-Wilson Handmaking Chapter 1; Burdick, Benjamin: #hashtag; Bürger, Peter : The Negation of the Autonomy of Art; Butler, Judith: Bodies That MatterGender Trouble “cut up”PostModernism, Subjectivity, and Body Art; Butler, Octavia: Bloodchild; Kindred

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; Clifford, James: On Ethnographic Authority; 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; Daiya, Kavita: The World after Empire; or, Whither Postcoloniality?; 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; Didion, Joan: Slouching Towards Bethlehem 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: PARIS IS BURNINGInvisible Man v3_0
The Invisible ManEsparza, Ryan; Evans, Robin: Figures, Doors and Passages

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; Federici, Silvia: Re-Enchanting the World; 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, Erving: Performances, The 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 Hagen, Benjamin D.: Feeling Shadows: Virginia Woolf’s Sensuous Pedagogy; Hale, Jonathan: Critical Phenomenology; Harper, Philip Brian: PARIS IS BURNING Harris, Joseph: Coming to Terms; Hartman, Saidiya: Scenes of Subjection Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth Century America, 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; Hilton, Als: THE WOMEN; Hiss, Tony: Simultaneous Perception ; Hollerith, Henry Box Brown: Narrative of the life of Henry Box Brown; Hooks, Bell: Choosing the Margin; Herman; Hogue, Martin: The Site as Project; Holl, Steven: Parallax (excerpt); 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; Joyce, James: Araby;

K Kafer, Alison: Feminist, Queer, Crip; Kahn, Louis: Light is the Theme; Kincaid, Jamaica:  In History, Girl; Kittler, Friedrich: Gramophone; Koolhaas, Rem: Coney IslandDelirious New York Delirious New York (Excerpt 3)ExodusSmall, Medium, Large, Extra-Large ExcerptsS,M,L,XL, Rem Koolhaas + Bernard Tschumi in Conversation with Ana Miljacki, Amanda Reeser Lawrence, and Ashley Schafer; Kocik, Robert: Overcoming Fitness; Kopytoff, Igor: The Cultural Biography of Things Commoditization as Process; Kovac, Tom: 100YC [100 Year City]; Kramer, Paul: The Water Cure; Krauss, Rosalind: Sculpture in the Expanded Field; Kwinter, Sanford: The Complex and the Singular, Modernist Space and the Fragment;

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; Lehrer, Jonah: The Structure of Language; 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; Lord, Audre:  Lynch, Kevin: What Time is this Place

M Malinowski, Bronislaw; Argonauts of the Western Pacific; 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 of One’s Own Body; Morrison, Toni: Beloved; Moten, Fred: Black Optimism/Black OperationResistance of the Object: Aunt Hester’s ScreamIn the Break , Resistance of the Object; Mulvey, Laura: Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema; 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 Nardal, Paulette: Beyond Negritude; Nietzsche, Friedrich: On Truth and Lying; 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 Welby; 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 & Manuel Shvartzberg: Introduction ,The Politics of Parametricism; Powers, William K.: Time and Space; Preziosi, Donald: Modernity and Its Discontents

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 Salomon, David: Experimental Cultures; Samet, Adi; Scarry, Elaine: The Interior Structure of the Artifact; Schwarz, Henry: Texture as Substance; Schwitters, Kurt; Segmentarity; Sebald, WG: Austerlitz excerpt; Sennet, Richard: The Conscience of the Eye; Serra, Richard: Verb List; Sharpe, Christina: In the Wake On Blackness and Being; 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 Repetition, Let Us Save China; Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty: Harlem; Stewart, John: Enaction; Stoner, Jill: Toward A Minor Architecture

T Tafuri, Manfredo: Avant Gardes and Architecture from Piranesi to the 1970s Tanizaki, Junichiro: In Praise of Shadows; Tavares, André: The Anatomy of the Architectural Book; 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: SequencesThe Manhattan Transcripts; Tsing, Ana: The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins, 

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; White Hat Sr., Albert: Life’s Journey Zuya; White, Susan: Vertigo and Feminist Criticism; 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: PossibilitarianismWelcome to the Banquet; Wigley, Mark: Sexuality and SpaceHousing Gender; Wilderson, Frank B. III: Afro-Pessimism; 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; Young, Robert J. C.: The Dislocations

Z Zaera-Polo, Alejandro and Pai, Hyungmin: IMMINENT COMMONS; Zavattini, Cesare: Some Ideas on the Cinema

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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 and develop courses in order to advance student learning in writing as performance across the disciplines in a five-year undergraduate professional architecture program. A signature program of the Pratt Institute department of Humanities and Media Studies, the integrated studio writing curriculum expands on the traditional role of the freshman English course and the capstone thesis course to provide instruction in critical practices in poetics, rhetoric, and performance as the student learns to design so that the design project can be understood as a heuristic device that can be considered from a variety of perspectives. Developed to resonate with the architecture courses, writing courses are based on philosophy of language applied practically in a studio through the structuring of the web of meaning between inner speech and written speech. Students learn how to locate a concept in the design of their first year project and they learn how to locate a project for a concept in the fifth year capstone Degree Project.

The portal and capstone courses operate symbiotically to teach the ways in which knowledge is produced in designed form through architecture writing and language making exercises in poetic figuration, motivational rhetorical devices, situational plays of genre, expanded media and argumentative prose. The writing courses thus provide a metacognitive orientation to the production of knowledge as a written performance in multiple media that can take place in both the seminar and studio. The voice of the students as the interpreter of their own architecture is vital at a time when students come from increasingly diverse backgrounds and architecture incorporates new economies brought about by the interrelation of design variables in the parametric studio. In this way, the students learn to establish the terms by which they want their architectural work to be assessed and to develop a critical set of terms to evaluate, understand and explain their work within the ways in which thought and feeling are mediated by social, political and symbolic structures. The mapping between the courses enables students to articulate writing directly with the studio as a form of making and post rationalization.

Since the text is conceptualized, written, spoken, presented and figured with equal or more contingency and responsiveness to temporal and corporeal happenings, the curriculum takes place multidimensionally during public presentations of student work in the design studio with internal and external critics, and in both the seminar and writing course. By aligning the writing courses with the intellectual agenda of the seminar, the challenges of scale and meaning in a parametric studio have been informed by an approach to the humanities that is flexible and open to many interpretations and applications across platforms and the centrality of the value of writing and speaking philosophically in the digital age. If, as has been observed, the distinctive feature of an architectural education is its syncretic application of diverse and often-contradictory bases of knowledge, the adoption of writing as a studio practice enables the student to move between platforms to form new critical connections, new structures and new ways of being (Ockman, 2012, xii).

The Architecture Writing Program: Language Making encourages multidimensional participation in the curriculum from students, external and internal critics and faculty across disciplines that allow for differences of ability and background to be measured in the achievement of shared goals and outcomes that are incorporated in the curriculum at every level of instruction, which, in turn, provides an expanded public dimension to the teaching of a profession with its own hermetic discourse and jargon. By establishing the terms by which they want their work to be assessed, for the student language becomes a way of assessing their own work as it develops as they learn the professional requirements of their course of study at many different stages of completion, from the establishment of rule based formal investigations relative to the context and intention for the project that can be finally assessed in a post rationalization of a project after it has been presented from the perspective of the humanities, which can include literary and philosophical analogical comparisons. If language and architecture are autonomous systems, they can come together through mapping. While architecture is principally regarded as an autonomous aesthetic operation, ethical considerations are an important component of the transdisciplinary curriculum since architectural designs present public spaces with consequences for large numbers of people. The humanities faculty working across the disciplines adds the literary imaginary and philosophical constructions for another perspective to the education of architecture at differing levels of urgencies.

Historically, the role of writing in the architecture studio has been ancillary to the primacy of graphic forms of representation. This approach foregrounds writing, speech, performance and media in the conceptualization and presentation of an architecture project. By centering the writing program in the architecture studio, the studies and practices of the coding systems of languages in verbal and visual media, production of subjectivity and relationship of Earth and environment that are central to the contemporary project in the humanities and media studies energizes the disciplines with new forms of spatial knowledge and inner subjectivity relative to embodied cognition. The program creates new knowledge across the disciplines of architecture, humanities and media studies to inform contemporary discourses in trauma studies, post colonial and post slavery subjectivities in literary figuration, performance and activism in symposia and publications with leading scholars and practitioners across the disciplines. The curriculum and the faculty and students and internal and external critics operate in a doubly operative methodology of mapping across the disciplines in the Architecture Writing Program: Language Making.


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