Architectural Ecologies & Ratios
This lecture brings together planetary, social and housing issues through Spinoza’s 17th century ethics of 'joy'. It explores how humane and inhumane ratios operate in architecture and art, with reference to the UK housing crisis and the 'eco-logical' patterns in Agnes Denes' and Buckminster Fuller's maps.
Dr Peg Rawes is an architectural theorist and historian, and is Programme Leader of the Masters in Architectural History at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Her research and teaching explore aesthetic, material, technological and ecological histories and theories in architecture. Her publications include: Space, Geometry and Aesthetics (2008), Relational Architectural Ecologies, ed. (2013), Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts, co-ed. (in press 2016), and 'Spinoza's Geometric and Ecological Ratios', in The Politics of Parametricism, ed., M. Shvartzberg and M. Poole (Bloomsbury Academic 2015).