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Prolegomena to a Poiesis of Architectural Phenomenology

  • Author(s): Ebert, Joseph Anthony
  • Advisor(s): Lavin, Sylvia
  • Osman, Michael
  • et al.

The presence of phenomenology in the discipline of architecture has been tenuous. Often, it is essentialized as a philosophical method that `brackets' out theory, history, and intellection, all for the sake of achieving `authentic' knowledge through conscious intention. Its traces are often vague and disconnected, based on a system of philosophy that claims to produce a universal epistemology for human existence and experience. As it concerns architecture, phenomenology has fluctuated as a theory and an epistemology. More often than not, it has failed to produce a concrete and lasting discourse in the field of architecture. It is the task of this thesis to produce a comprehensive historiography of architectural phenomenology, during the 20th century, from its prehistory to its contemporary presence.

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