This colloquium , to be held in Brussels on April 15-16, 2005, is intended to bring academics and practitioners together around the question of doctoral research in architecture. Doctorates that think through and reflect upon -- by whatever graphic or linguistic means -- architecture qua architecture are still altogether too rare. Why?
The question may be developed in several directions:
Why is design work, or a formalization thereof, not easily admitted alongside other forms of investigation?
In what ways is the mandate of architectural practice incomplete, and what can the practice of research do to complete or supplement it?
What criteria could be common to all advanced research in architecture?
Participants are invited to make propositions toward understanding this situation and, more importantly, correcting it. The colloquium will, we hope, end in the production of a collective document which will relay its most significant findings.
This is the fourth international colloquium on architecture and the city to be organized in Brussels by NeTHCA, the Network for Theory, History, and Criticism of Architecture. It is to be hosted by the Architecture Department of the Sint-Lucas Institute, with the support of the USO-Built network.
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