Decoding Theoryspeak: An Illustrated Guide to Architectural by Enn Ots

By Enn Ots

Existentialism; Urbanism; Aporia; Deontic; Tabula Rasa; Hyperspace; Heterotopia; Metareality; Structuralism…

What does all of it mean?

The particular language utilized in architectural conception – both in speech and writing – can seem daunting and complicated, rather to new architectural scholars.

Decoding Theoryspeak provides an available consultant to the really expert language of up to date layout for the following new release of thinkers, architects and layout leaders. It includes:

  • definitions of over 200 terms
  • clear cross-references
  • illustrations throughout.

It is a necessary pocket-sized source for college students and practitioners alike.

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Even when there is some sense of a direction of inquiry that could yield results, the aporetic method requires that one assume the affectation of not knowing where to begin or what to say. The method persists up to the present, especially in the deconstruction of texts, which often uncovers their aporetic nature. Theodor Adorno, a founder of critical theory, refers to aporia in his discussion of utopia and order. He argues that utopia must be free of order, yet the banning of order becomes an order.

It was an awkward process, as evidenced by the difficulty that even a fan of architecture like Jacques Derrida had in collaborating with his admirer, Peter Eisenman. Fortunately, architectural thinkers in the twenty-first century appear to have little patience for the esoteric musing of European philosophers, except perhaps for the downto-earth prescriptions of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. In the twenty-first century, archi-philosophy is being replaced by “plain talk” intended to restore the direct relevance of theory to architectural practice.

It was an awkward process, as evidenced by the difficulty that even a fan of architecture like Jacques Derrida had in collaborating with his admirer, Peter Eisenman. Fortunately, architectural thinkers in the twenty-first century appear to have little patience for the esoteric musing of European philosophers, except perhaps for the downto-earth prescriptions of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. In the twenty-first century, archi-philosophy is being replaced by “plain talk” intended to restore the direct relevance of theory to architectural practice.

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