Category: Seminars and Conferences
State: Archived
22-23 May 2018

01SCIRK - Body and space. An inquiry in preindustrial thoughts

Castello del Valentino - viale Mattioli 39 - Torino

The human body is a highly contentious topic in the history of architecture, as is the relation between the human body and space. There have been three approaches to this topic. The first regards the human body as an aesthetic ideal and seeks anthropomorphic representations in architecture. The second regards the human body as an operator of a physical-spatial system and focuses on the mechanical processes. The third regards the human body as a vehicle of existential experience and embraces sensory memories and apprehensions.

While the second approach rooted in early modern times, along with the development of modern science and rational thinking, the other two approaches may be traced back much further into history, and across cultures. This seminar will select treatises on human body and space, from both pre-industrial Europe and China, and lead out comparative readings and discussions. It is a goal of this seminar that some sort of understanding, particularly re-interpretations of the lost wisdoms about human body and space, may be found through the readings and discussions.


21st March: 3.00 - 6.30 pm – Sala della Caccia
22nd March: 9.00 am -1.00 pm – Sala della Caccia
23rd March: 9.00 am -1.00 pm – Sala Regia Biblioteca
22-23 May: the program will be defined

lectures by Zhang Li
Visiting Professor
GSD Harvard, D. Eng., M. Arch., M.Sc. Tsinghua
Chair of the Architecture Department / School of Architecture, Tsinghua University
Lead Architect / design practice Atelier TeamMinus, Beijing
Editor-in-Chief / World Architecture