Architect Filip Kinnert received the Jacques Derrida award for his exploration of "life" in architecture
Architect Filip Kinnert received 2nd place in the Jacques Derrida Prize for his PhD work Wholeness as a starting point for understanding meaning mediated by architectural language. He received his prize on June 22 in the Buquoy Palace in Prague.
Symbolism can be found today in almost everything, architecture in no exception, and people often refer to it. But is it possible to perceive the meaning of architectural works also from another point of view? Exactly this question was discussed by the architect Filip Kinnert in his work, where he investigated whether it is the significance of architecture can also be viewed without symbolic referencing. More precisely, in what ways we can think and talk about architecture, and at the same time how thinking about architecture affects how people build and how they relate to their environment.
The roots of the topic selection date back to 2015, when Filip Kinnert was on the Erasmus exchange and got introduced to the theory of Christopher Alexander at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana. Then, three years later, he began to study architectural language with the historian and theorist Martin Horáček. Under his guidance, along with Christopher Alexander's theory, he began to explore architecture from different perspective. In Alexander's concept, architectural works are not perceived as assembling parts into functional units, but vice versa. Some quality of "wholeness" is always already present and the intention of the architect/designer is to deepen this integrity and to support within the fulfillment of needs. And Filip Kinnert as an architect wondered how such a place was created within this approach.
On the examples of a church tower, a column or the wayside shrines in landscape Filip Kinnert describes what is the nature of the meanings that metaphorically “communicate” with others , i.e. help people to orient themselves and to identify - meaning live, without a reference to semantics. “Potential benefits of the submitted work consist in a deeper understanding of our relationship with the environment, to which by every design decision, and creative intervention, we can internally become closer or distant . At the end of the work, I dare to claim that our inner relationship with the environment is a spiritual content – the meaning - of our efforts for sustainable development, and it is important to remember that our engineering-technical efforts to remedy the damage are mere means,” adds Kinnert.
The Price of Jacques Derrida in the field of humanities and social sciences is jointly organized by the French Embassy and Mr. Michal Martinko. Their meaning is to appreciate the best research works of Czech doctoral students and recent holders of doctoral degree in social sciences and humanities.
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