Symposium: Poetic/Ethical Measures of Place and Placemaking

Monday, April 30, 2018 | 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
FAB 105 (Fine Arts B Building) & ARC 218 (Architecture Building), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Symposium Schedule
The word ‘measure’ may be traced back to the 14th century and signifies a “limit, boundary; quantity, dimension; occasion, time” as a spatial and temporal idea. Whether implicit or explicit, measuring is a pervasive guiding act in all realms of life, including the pre-ontological life or everyday life which provides the measure. Furthermore, informing the fields of research, application, and production, the measure both grounds the nature of the fields and takes up a distinctive character and meaning from one area to another. By grounding the mode of living as humans, the poetic measure is a precise kind of measure-taking that differs from the measures of and measuring in modern sciences. The poetic measure deals with the modes of being with one another in the world by both instilling and displaying “the basic capacity for human dwelling” as suggested by the German thinker Martin Heidegger. In that sense, the poetic measure is an ethics-generating, transforming, and defining the concept. As an integral part of inhabiting, imagining and making places in the broader sense of dwelling, poetic/ethical measure forms the theme of this year’s Graduate Student Symposium in the School of Architecture at the University of Florida with a keynote lecture by Professor Alberto Pérez-Gómez from McGill University.

Endnotes Martin Heidegger, “… Poetically Man Dwells,” In Poetry, language, thought (New York: Harper & Row, 1975); 228. Caspar David Friedrich, Monk by the Sea (1808-1810)

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