Readings in Contemporary Architectural Theory

  • Co-ordinator: Dr Julian Worrall
  • Period: 29 May – 15 July 2010
  • Meetings: Thursdays, 2:45pm – 6:00pm. (Flexible as needed.)
  • Location: LLLABO, Waseda University, Room 60-213B
  • Eligibility: Senior students enrolled in Waseda’s Architecture program. Participation by others possible (please enquire if interested).
  • Outline: Download PDF here.


Architecture is built not only on physical foundations, but on conceptual ones too. The intellectual landscape in which contemporary architecture takes shape is diverse, complex, and rapidly changing. The LLLABO Reading Seminar in Spring 2010 is an introduction to a number of strands of contemporary thought with relevance to architecture and the built environment. The seminar is structured around a series of readings, taking in the topics of dwelling and privacy, phenomenology and bodily experience, the linguistic analogy, critical theory, space and power, urban performativity, and notions of place under a networked geography. This list makes no attempt at comprehensiveness, it merely constitutes a set of openings into a number of relevant contemporary debates within Western architectural discourse. The intention in reading these texts together in the seminar is to familiarize students with these references and issues, and to seek out points of connection to contemporary discussions within the architectural field in Japan.