The Night of the Philosophy 2015 was a debate on the theme: Subjective Aesthetics?
On this evening we reflected on the nature of the idea of aesthetics in architecture. We have noticed that the topic has become increasingly polarized. Aesthetics is often regarded as something individual and subjective. In education (in Delft) it is therefore often not valid as a design decision. In practice, also, clear pragmatic and rational design decisions prevail over more undefinable and ungraspable aesthetic considerations, due to efficiency of costs and organization of the process.
Five speakers with both a practical and theoretical background gave a short pitch of their vision regarding the topic. These pitches were followed by an informal discussion with the audience, moderated by Harm Tilman, editor in chief of the magazine ‘De Architect’.
The speakers of the 2015 edition of the Night of Philosophy were:
Giovanna Carnevali – director of the Mies van der Rohe Foundation
Peg Rawes – senior lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Sascha Glasl – owner and co-founder of the office Space&Matter
Jurjen Zeinstra – acting associate professor at the Architecture of the Interior Chair, TU Delft and owner and co-founder of Zeinstra van Gelderen Architecten