Plural Realities:

context (n.)

early 15c., „a composition, a chronicle, the entire text of a writing,“ from Latin contextus „a joining together,“ originally past participle of contexere „to weave together,“ from assimilated form of com „with, together“ (see con-) + texere „to weave, to make“ (from PIE root *teks- „to weave,“ also „to fabricate“). Online Etymology Dictionary

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Given the multitude of contemporary climatic and global challenges, it becomes imperative to reevalue our ‚traditional‘ notions of the architectural context. Is it still adequate to merely align the definition of ‚context‘ to surrounding elements, neighboring facades, or adjacent structures? How can we develop new narratives and perspectives that explain the ecological fabric, the web of architecture, beyond this framework? 

The seminar aims to provoce critical introspection into seemingly established norms beyond given boundaries. Trough group discussions and presentations, we discuss individual and thus already existing positions on what defines a context, or ‚the‘ context of architecture – only to then extend these former definitions. To broaden our understanding, we will draw on writings such as Donna Haraway’s ‚Situated Knowledge‘, Anna Tsing’s ‚The Mushroom at the End of the World‘, Jeremy Till’s ‚Architecture Depends‘ and Bruno Latour’s ‚Facing Gaia‘.

This seminar takes place in the winter semester in the Master’s (1-3) at THN.