Architect the Philosopher:
theory and policy of architecture

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The articles in this SAJ issue once more problemitize the relation between architecture and theory of architecture. Could we claim that following the great “closeness” between philosophy and architecture in the eighties and the nineties, and the sudden chilling and distancing of the architects and the philosophers in the recent years, it might be possible to re-examine the relation between the theory and architectural praxis?
In which way the architects presently, during the first decade of the 21st century, formulate their work thematically and how do the philosophers (philosophers or philosophy?!) assist them in it? How do the philosophers as the architects ponder upon and how do they cogitate architecture as philosophers?
It seems, and the articles of the architects and the philosophers presented to us manifest that the best, that the architects have finally discovered their independent speculative expression in respect to philosophers, thereby producing their own philosophy. Thus, in a certain manner, the engagement of the philosophers, namely philosophy, has finally been incorporated in the work and the role of the architect in the community.

 

DOES ANYBODY NEED ARCHITECTURAL THEORY ANY LONGER?
Augustin Ioan

ARCHITECTURE AND NEW ONTOLOGIES
Rado Riha

JACQUES DERRIDA AND THE POLITICS OF ARCHITECTURE
Francesco Vitale

SOCIAL THEORY AND ARCHITECTURE
Vera Backović, Ljubomir Maširević

METROPOLIS AND POST-MODERN METROPOLIS AS A CRITICAL FIELD OF MODERN MIMICRY
Nenad Stjepanović

FORuM and Formalisms: ARCHITECTURAL STRATEGIES
Interview with Joan Ockman, May 2008, Buell
Nika Grabar