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Graham Harman

Graham Harman _ ‘OOO’

 

 

This week is a conversation with philosopher Graham Harman. We talk about his introduction of Object Oriented Ontology (or OOO) and its potential influence on the discipline of architecture.

Those unfamiliar with architectural education might be surprised to learn that there is a history of philosophy influencing architectural practice. In this episode, we discuss what some of the core principles of OOO are before delving in what some of the influences OOO might be having on architecture today, and possibly vise versa. Graham Harman currently teaches at a school of architecture and I thought this opened the discussion to talk more about giving form and aesthetics to a philosophical approach. Philosophy can help the architect to better understand opportunities and limitations in developing ones work, but this can also lead to prematurely formalizing complex ideas into architectural forms that might limit further discourse development between the two. Graham was very open and willing to take the conversation wherever it finally led us, and it was a pleasure speaking with him.

 

 

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Graham Harman is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at SCI-Arc. He is the author of fifteen books, most recently Immaterialism: Objects and Social Theory (2016, Polity) and Dante’s Broken Hammer: The Ethics, Esthetics, and Metaphysics of Love (2016, Repeater). Graham is the 2009 winner of the AUC Excellence in Research Award. In 2015 he was named by ArtReview as the #75 most powerful influence in the international art world, and in 2016 was named by The Best Schools to their alphabetical list of the 50 most influential living philosophers.

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