Cultural Heritage and Strategies for The Cities of Tomorow: Transforming Theory into Strategy

Werner Petersen, E. (Foredragsholder)

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Theory in the western civilization (meaning philosophy and science) for over 2000 years was based on the concept of being. Being was regarded as the eternal, newer changing, always identical stable foundation of all that is. However this philosophical position has been challenged during the last century by philosophers now focusing on becoming instead of being as the foundation of the world. This also relates to a shift from thinking in terms of ideas to thinking in terms of forces. The connection of unseen forces is what brings about the new. Theory becomes creative. The most prominent thinker of this position was the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995). The impact of his theory has since been immense. Architects like Rem Koolhaas and designers like Bruce Mau has been highly influenced by his way of thinking.
For artists, architects, designers, strategists, in short anyone one who participate in the creation of the future the fundamental question is: How do we create something totally new? Not just an improvement of things already known. To answer this we use strategies from this above mentioned theory of becoming – or better strategy of creativity.
The lecture will introduce this question and also show examples of students work based on this theory/strategy from the Aarhus School of Architecture.

Forelæsning afholdt på China Central Academy of Fine Arts. CAFA. Beijing
Periode8 jun. 2011
Sted for afholdelseUnknown external organisation


  • Strategy
  • Deleuze