Coming Home. Stories in Architectural Theory

Lecture History and Theory of Architecture IX (063-0807-22)
Organizer: Chair of Prof. Ursprung
Lecturers: Michael Gnehm
Time: Autumn 2022 | Fridays 11:45–12:30
Location: HIL E 3

The lecture course discusses architecture and literature in its diverse relations: Stories as moments when architecture comes to life, the writing of architectural history and theory and literary writing. The focus aims at the notion of home and its discontents in architectural narratives.

Course Catalogue
23  Sept. 2022 | Outline ⁞ RAINER MARIA RILKE
30  Sept. 2022 | Reading Fiction and Architecture ⁞ ROBERT MUSIL and JAMES JOYCE
▭ ⁞ 7  Oct. 2022 | Writing Stories and Architectural History ⁞ JAMES JOYCE and GEORGETTE KLEIN
21  Oct. 2022 | Politics and Authorship ⁞ ROLAND BARTHES and GEORGETTE KLEIN
▭ ⁞ 4  Nov. 2022 | Nationalist Narratives ⁞ MINNETTE DE SILVA
11  Nov. 2022 | Regionalist Narratives ⁞ MINNETTE DE SILVA
18  Nov. 2022 | Meaning and Being ⁞ PETER MÄRKLI
25  Nov. 2022 | Rhyme and Reason ⁞ WALLACE STEVENS and EZRA POUND
▭ ⁞ 2  Dec. 2022 | The Architectural Uncanny: Retrospect and Outlook
▭ ⁞ 9 Dec. 2022 | Exam

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Michael Gnehm