Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Architecture, Simulation and the Emergence of the Modern 'Ambience'

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Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Architecture, Simulation and the Emergence of the Modern

Who this event is for

  • Everyone

Location

Student Hub (3rd floor), Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus

Details

The concept of 'simulation', possibly the greatest theoretical achievement in contemporary philosophy, is both the most widely acclaimed and the most misunderstood of philosophical concepts. Whilst impacting upon popular culture by informing, for example, blockbuster movies such as 'The Matrix', it has at the same time gone almost completely unnoticed in architecture. This is highly ironic, given that the concept originally emerged within the field of architectural enquiry.

This public lecture will recount the long research journey that has eventually led to a re-interpretation of simulation in the way it both informs, and is informed by, architectural theory and practice, as addressed in the forthcoming book 'Baudrillard for Architects' (Routledge).