How Does Architecture Imitate Nature?

Architecture, together with music, is usually quoted as a counterexample to Aristotle’s thesis that “art imitates nature.” “Representational” theories of art seem to fail in explaining architecture. In this seminar we will find that, contrary to these objections, there are important ways in which architecture does imitate nature. We will have to ask what “nature” means and distinguish three fundamental meanings of the term, all of which are applicable to architecture. The seminar will consist of lectures, illustrated by slides. There is no reading.  This seminar will be taught by Prof. Anselm Ramelow.

Dates: Wednesdays on 9.7, 9.14, 9.21, 9.28
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM