Since the mid-90s, architecture has accelerated its move away from the discourse of the architectural object towards the discourse of the architectural field. The vicissitudes of the architectural object has lost its uncanny appeal, and recent work is more often than not circumscribed by the mental image of an underlying network of relations that is deep, dynamic, and more real than the architectural object itself. Like Janus, the transition from object to field has had many faces but has shared a single body moving towards the virtual. . . .
David RUY, “Returning to (Strange) Objects”
5.00 pm / Slocum Auditorium, Syracuse SOA
201 Slocum Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
This lecture offers reasons for pause in this move towards relationism in order to reconsider the architectural object itself and why it may be irreducible to relations alone. The work of Ruy Klein is presented in the context of this concern and seeks to describe that which is withdrawn and strange about the architectural object.