Chalmers Conferences, Transvaluation: Making the world matter

A Revised Real. Or How to Move beyond a Paradigm of Facts
Ferda Kolatan

Last modified: 2015-08-18


The symposium’s critique of the effects of a “measurement culture” and its dominance in regards to epistemology emphasizes a profound crisis within fields we traditionally consider “cultural”. Architecture in particular is effected as it still seeks to break free from humanist paradigms and 20th century modernism to fully embrace a new identity that adequately reflects our strange reality of globalized culture and life in the Anthropocene.1 This paper examines the above problem through a particular focus on what constitutes the real today and how representational techniques and scientific facts have become inseparably linked since modern times. Once we untangle this link and challenge the preeminent status of the factual real (or the paradigm of facts), radically new modes of thinking and making potentially emerge. A revised real attempts to overcome the limitations of causal and fact-based thinking in design and draw up a realism that includes fictional as well as speculative strategies.


Realism; Strange; Real; Factual; Speculative; Fiction

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