The inconceivable agenda

Wouter Davidts, Delbeke, Maarten, Lagae, Johan and Leach, Andrew (2006). The inconceivable agenda. In: Mark Beldebos and Johan Verbeke, Journal of Architecture. The Unthinkable Doctorate, Brussels, Belgium, (431-436). 14-16 April 2005. doi:10.1080/13602360600931326

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Author Wouter Davidts
Delbeke, Maarten
Lagae, Johan
Leach, Andrew
Title of paper The inconceivable agenda
Conference name The Unthinkable Doctorate
Conference location Brussels, Belgium
Conference dates 14-16 April 2005
Convener Sint-Lucas School of Architecture; Network for Theory, History and Criticism of Architecture
Proceedings title Journal of Architecture   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Brussells, Belgium
Publisher Network for Theory, History and Criticism of Architecture
Publication Year 2006
Year available 2005
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1080/13602360600931326
ISBN 9789076101125
ISSN 1466-4410
Editor Mark Beldebos
Johan Verbeke
Volume 11
Issue 3
Start page 431
End page 436
Total pages 6
Language eng
Abstract/Summary While the 'unthinkable doctorate' conference aimed at forming the ground for an inquiry that is at once legitimate, necessary and important, its premises, as articulated in the call for papers (see above: Introduction), failed to grasp the conceptual (and institutional, and historical) foundations of what its organisers considered to be 'the current lack' by posing this question through a rhetoric of 'inconceivability'. In a direct response to the conference call, this essay argues that the classical separation of architectural science from architectural practice is all but productive as a starting point for rethinking and broadening the scope of the doctorate as a degree and as an academic process. Surpassing discursive and institutional frameworks upholding and consolidating the seemingly immutable division between architectural practice and the intellectualisation of architecture, we propose to position the doctorate as an investigatory 'project' implicating in equal measure both the university and the profession. 'Thinking' of 'scientific work in architecture' as a genuine architectural enterprise, we consider the doctorate as an institutionally authorised challenge to the disciplinary bases and techniques of architecture itself, that mobilises both theory and practice, however specific or traditional the individual project. The role of the doctorate is thus not simply to test the limits of architectural knowledge, but also the academic tools and media addressing that corpus.
Subjects 120101 Architectural Design
Q-Index Code E1
Additional Notes The Conference ... organised in April 2005 in Brussells, was a joint effort between the School of Architecture Sint-Lucas (Hogeschool voor Wetenschap en Kunst) and NETHCA (Network for Theory, History and Criticism of Architecture). Davidts, Wouter, Delbeke, Maarten, Lagae, Johan and Leach, Andrew(2006) 'The inconceivable agenda', The Journal of Architecture, 11: 3, 353 — 357

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