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Research by Design: Theory or Practice? / EDAR & F'AR lab

31 mars / 10:00 - 18:00

Its professional nature notwithstanding, architecture is seldom studied through the activity - design - which characterises its material development. Initiated by the EPFL Doctoral Program in Architecture and Science of the City (EDAR), the 2023 edition of the public seminar SCHOLARS in Transition seeks to focus on the particular, still little understood, type of research, done ‘through’ design.

Research by Design: Theory or Practice?

What does design mean in this context, though, and specifically within doctoral studies? Is it an act required to validates hypotheses, hence following traditional scholarly methods rather than replacing them? Or is it a reflection that generates theories by collating relevant data synthetically rather than analytically? In both cases, how can rigour be ascertained in the work carried out? Does the Cartesian method used in sciences apply? Or is design a method of conceptual investigation that belongs exclusively in the humanities?

To address these and other related issues, three international award-winning architects with a PhD by Design in their curriculum vitae will present and discuss their experience, the reasons behind their advanced study choice, and the impact this choice has had over their work and careers. A round table with representatives of doctoral programs and research in Architecture at ETHZ and Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio will debate on doctoral scholarship by design and its cultural perspectives.

Program :
10h00-10h45 : Paolo Tombesi (EPFL), Scholarship by design: Questions of method
10h45-12h00 : Kerstin Thompson (KTA, and RMIT University, Melbourne), Combining people and place
12h00-13h15 : Break
13h15-14h30 : Milinda Pathiraja (RAW, Colombo), Imagining labour
14h45-16h00 : Hannah Robertson (Melbourne School of Design), Weaving regional threads
16h15-17h45 : Roundtable: Scholarship by design - Cultural perspectives
With Elli Mosayebi (ETHZ), Sascha Roesler (AAM), Elena Cogato Lanza (EPFL), and presenters.
17h45-18h00 : Closing words

The seminar will be held on March 31, at the Forum d'architecture Lausanne F'AR, Av. Villamont 4, Lausanne.

The seminar is open to all.

More info here: EDAR Coursebook.



31 mars
Heure :
10:00 - 18:00
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