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2012 PhilArch Conference

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Architecture and Image

The 2nd PhilArch Conference
October 19-20, 2012
Boston University, Department of Philosophy

What is architecture? How is architecture understood and how should it be understood? With the rise of phenomena such as ‘starchitects,’ avant-garde investigations of different creative mediums, parametricism, and contemporary forms of architectural pragmatism, and with the increasing specialization of construction processes, how do we identify when something is and is not architecture? Or have questions of architectural identity simply become irrelevant?

The 2nd PhilArch conference calls for a return to, or continuation of, explicitly philosophical inquiry into the character of architecture. In particular the conference seeks papers on the theme of architecture and its ‘image,’ broadly construed. Topics may address questions such as: Is architecture constituted by its history or by an atemporal, formal structure? Is a pure architectural object possible? What role should marginal practices play in the conceptualization of architecture? What is architectural representation? What is the relationship between models, drawings, and images and built architecture? Is architecture always the re-presentation of other content, or does it create its own meanings?

Keynote Speaker

Dr. David Kolb :: Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Bates College :: Department of Philosophy and Religion

 Call for Papers

The call for papers is now closed.


For questions, contact the conference organizers (

This conference is supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities and Department of Philosophy. The co-organizers are Dr. Daniel Dahlstrom, Elizabeth Robinson, and Bryan Norwood.