David Kolb

Architecture: Theory and Planning

Stones, Screens, and Spirits: Opacity and Transparency in Hegel and Beyond

There are always stones, hard and heavy, lying about separate from one another. Then we put them together into buildings. For Hegel, architecture is a curious art. It stands at the beginning of his hierarchy of the arts, the least spiritual, yet with its own distinctive mission. the unifying teleology of an architectural artwork is external architecture works with brute matter at its most external: heavy and extended, and shown as such.

The Spirit of Gravity: Architecture and Externality in Hegel

Two studies of architecture and gravity: We might say with Hegel that architecture the premier “external” art, because architecture constructs in physical space “out there” and uses external material such as wood and stone and steel. But other arts, for instance sculpture and painting, do the same.

Building Together

Recommendations for dealing with pluralism in culture, selves, and cities.

Before Beyond Function

A study of how for Hegel the relation of architecture to building function has varied throughout history. Architecture strives to liberate itself, never completely, from domination by function.

Where Do the Architects Live?

Asking whether a designer has a home base or floats freely above history? An argument against both modern a-historical and postmodern ironic conceptions of design.

Public Exposure: Architecture and Interpretation

Buildings would seem to be easier to interpret than other artworks. Architecture stands distinctively exposed to the community. Buildings are unavoidable and they enter into many different activities. In planning and constructing architecture many people and groups cooperate, and during that cooperative process intentions get made explicit; programs get written; functions get defined and evaluated. Yet for all this exposure, architecture maintains a distinctive resistance to interpretation.