Friday, October 12, 2007

September 13, 2007 presentation: Ayad Rahmani


"Kafka and Architecture" is a presentation that is just as much about Kafka as it about architecture; on the one hand, looking at architecture to analyze Kafka's central concerns in language and psychology, while on the other, appropriating the author's work as a way to explore new theories in architecture. To Kafka, architecture represented more than a means with which to locate his characters, giving them, say, a place to call home and a city to access friends and work; rather to him architecture offered a kind of obstacle course whose hurdling gave his characters, along with his readers, a way to become more aware of the world and their role in it. The presentation is in reference to a book by the same name and will travel more or less in parallel with it, briefly exploring each of its chapters and ultimately weaving a connection between architecture and literature.

Ayad Rahmani is a professor in the Washington State University School of Architecture and the author of the book, Place Meaning and Form in the Architecture and Urban Structure of Eastern Islamic Cities.

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