Gilles Deleuze and the Project of Architecture

2014

an expressionist design-research methodology

This thesis analyses the potential of the Deleuzian philosophical concept of ‘expressionism’ in accounting for and driving architectural design and research. An expansive literature considering the import of Deleuze in architecture is characterised by his simultaneous use in both poles of debates concerning Critical architecture at the centre of mainstream practice and as foundational source for minoritorian approaches to both design and research.

Identifying this contemporary vacillation as a reiteration of traditional reductions of design to products or processes, and seeking development of an alternative trajectory, I propose the architectural project as an ‘embodied’ epistemological and ontological third term of an expressionist account of architectural design-research. A series of critical encounters between philosophy and architecture exploring the accounts and practices of Robin Evans, Rem Koolhaas, Peter Eisenman and both professional and pedagogic design-research undertaken by the author, articulate six key principles of a non-representational, expressionist methodology for design and research in architecture.