Chris Younès
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-la-Villette


It is well known that Jacques Derrida emphasized the idea of an essential cohabitation between philosophy and architecture, declaring: “The Collège international de philosophie should provide the place for a meeting (rencontre), a thinking meeting, between philosophy and architecture. Not in order to finally have them confront each other, but to think what has always maintained them together in the most essential of cohabitations.” This paper addresses in particular a hypothesis about the metamorphoses of this meeting that, from unity of architectonics and principles, becomes multiple and of another nature. So there is a reevaluation in terms of limits and passages; in other words, in terms of opening up. The first meeting can be considered as a metaphorical game of mirrors in which each presents itself as prevailing over the other forms of knowledge – one as the science of theory, the other as a science of techniques. This ordered and oriented posturing will collapse at the same time as the disappearance of a finite cosmos. In this dissolution, architecture and philosophy have recomposed themselves to deal with the space and time of inhabited milieus that affect not only the constitution of the gaze,
but also a transformation of the world. It is examined how their interface is a heuristic structure of questioning.

philosophy, architecture, limits, passages, metamorphosis



SAJ Vol. 5, 2013, No. 1