The Architecture of Knowledge from the Knowledge of Architecture

Erişen S.

Athens Journal of Architecture, vol.6, no.3, pp.293-317, 2020 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.30958/aja.6-3-5
  • Title of Journal : Athens Journal of Architecture
  • Page Numbers: pp.293-317


At the verge of the crisis of production and knowledge, the discourse of university has shown how a modernist theoretical insight upon the nature of subjectivity could have been integrated with a social concern. It is this concern that also signifies the evolution of modern analysis throughout the inquiry of the socio-cultural and political collectivity. The discourse of university in the reinterpretation of the modernist production and knowledge, in that sense, not only gives way to understand the societal volatility because of the problems of disintegration but also reveals what is the real behind those problems. Although their coexisting circumstances do not directly correspond to May 1968 events, the engaged conjecture of the Free University of Berlin and Eishin Campus in Japan are two very distinct campus projects that can be analyzed with such an inquiry throughout the discourse of university. They are not only significant to take a traditional or cultural mode of making into account of practicing, as either modernist or vernacular, but also consequential for integrating the social concern of a collective demand that having a very active role in the design progress of those projects. It is such that, the projects give great clues about the re-interpretation of modern mode of making and generation of knowledge under the light of the transformation of subjectivity, as the discourse of university. Accordingly, the novel interpretation of the spatial production that coexists with the changing social and environmental conditions is necessary for the assessment of the information age.