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Conference Theme: How should the Schools of Architecture be doing the Research and Theory building to help in charting the Profession's future?
Abstract: On the methodology of artistic research:
”I want to examine my thoughts in action … I want to do something in order to be able to think.”
This statement of Mies, quoted from a conversation with Peter Carter in AD, l962, covers the essence of an artistic approach towards architecture; despite the fact, that he wasn’t that fond of the concept, but “would rather than 'architecture' use the word 'building' and the best results would belong to 'the art of building’.”
As far as, the contingencies of architecture are both an artistic expression - a work of art - and a utility, it’s meaningful from a methodological point of view to deal with this distinction of Mies, even if it in the reality of building is difficult to uphold.
While the utility part is analytical, and even more so today than ever, art is not. Art is synthetic. It is synthetic in the Kantian sense of being an object a priori given to the mind in order to proof a synthetic assertion; it’s not an object a posteriori as a result e.g. of a scientific analysis.