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Title: 'Taking a line for a walk' : expanding architectural concepts of the line : preliminary course experiments at the Bauhaus
Author: Wingham, Ivana
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis looks at expanded concepts of the line in architectural theory and interdisciplinary practice. Part I: Lines of Architecture consists of five theory-led chapters. In chapter one I explore how the line located is 'outside of architecture' (Ingraham), as a disciplinary boundary between art and architecture (Wigley), as a projection between concept, drawing and building (Evans), and positioned between the material and immaterial (Benjamin). These theories suggest that the line is a temporal and spatial condition, an exploration enriched by studies of the philosophical positions that consider lines in terms of 'becoming' (Grosz, Deleuze). While chapter one explores Paul Klee's theme, 'Taking a line for a walk', through theories which expand concepts of the line, chapters two to five examine in more detail the work of Paul Klee and another 1920's Bauhaus Preliminary Course teacher, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. In chapter two, the line is examined as a tool for mediation in formation processes and a volatile agent that acquires a variety of properties, according to Klee's terms, 'active', 'middle', or 'passive'. Chapter three discusses Klee's exploration of the line's materiality through its active function, temporal rhythm and the third dimension. Chapter four is concerned with Moholy- Nagy's understanding of the line's immateriality in his view architecture is defined in terms of spatial relationships and here the line acquires virtual, anticipatory and ambiguous properties. In chapter five, Moholy-Nagy's generative drawing for theatre production and the line's role in his filmic projections take the line from the two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional context analyzing the background of the line, as well as the line in a diagram and in film. If architecture is taken to be a form of spatial practice (Rendell) it is possible to consider it the location of interdisciplinary practice. Part II: Lines out of Architecture is constructed in parallel to Part I and comprises five projects, each of which demonstrate a practice-led approach to researching new ways of practicing the line in architecture. Taken together the chapters and the projects argue that the line plays a key role in interdisciplinary forms of practising space and that this occurs when a line is taken for a walk outside the architectural drawing. The theory-led and practice-led research work are in conversation with one another exploring the same themes through different research methods, in this way, the thesis performs a 'conversational walk'.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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