Architecture and the City are perpetually dependent upon the Other. The Other is the permanent reference point of any intervention on urban and architectural space; the source of inspiration of the architect, the energy of the project, its primary material, its intellectual motivation, its main objective. The Other is the desire, the utopia or the heterotopia, the expectation, the wish, the hope but at the same time the rule, the order, the principle, the law, the ‘arche’ and sometimes the model, the standard, the ‘prototype’, the image, the archetype.
In the same time the city itself is the ‘mother’ of the other. Its resistance to changes, its conflicting nature, its internal contradictions, its passive inflexibility, its rigid materiality, its uninspired inclination to the power become the threads which weave the Other as the object of desire; fascinating but in the same time frustrating; attractive but remote, intriguing but unattainable.
The history of the City and its architecture goes in parallel and in interdependence with the history of the Other. Both socially and culturally constructed create an inseparable complex of two different substances impossible to understand the one without understanding the other.
But what is the Other made of? What is its substance? The Other consists of values and their virtual formal aspects. It is structured by ‘arches’ it has its own intellectual tectonic, its Archi-Tecture. Those values represent a particular vision of the world and mainly a particular conception about the human being and a particular aspect of the City in the framework of the above vision. This is why the city has always a human figure as a distant prototype, loved and admired for its beauty (classic period), for its functional perfection (modern movement), for its social differentiation (early seventies), for its cultural identity (post modern), for its biological particular encoding (digital era).
The course proposes the “other” as a vehicle to (re)search architecture, that is to say to get a deeper insight to the act of creating architecture as spatial manifestation of our cultural life. The course will be concentrated on the changes happened in architectural creation, thinking and materiality during the last fifty years and more specifically to the changes of the value system underlined the act of creating architecture.