Towards Dynamic Contextualism

Eik Hermann

I am a philosopher who has, by a series of accidents, gotten more and more entangled with the world of architecture: first by teaching and supervising young architects in Estonian Academy of Arts, then by doing architectural competitions and exhibition projects with a couple of adventurous architectural offices in Estonia and, lastly, by taking part in the ongoing actualization of a successful competition entry.
During the entanglement, the question of what theory really has to offer to actual architectural projects has become increasingly pressing for me. Following the EAA’s teaching tradition and amplifying it with a thought-toolbox developed from Deleuze, Foucault, Latour and Jullien, I hope to build a practice-oriented framework for generating new ideas called dynamic contextualism.