Architecture Professor Featured in ARCC Newsletter

September 30th, 2011 Comments Off on Architecture Professor Featured in ARCC Newsletter

Current funded research conducted by David Perkes, Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, is currently featured in the ARCC (Architectural Research Centers Consortium) Fall 2011 Newsletter.  See Newsletter PDF— page 2.

Architecture students provide designs for Smithville’s future

September 30th, 2011 Comments Off on Architecture students provide designs for Smithville’s future

AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) — MSU architecture students presented some urban design plans to Smithville’s mayor Thursday evening.

Twenty-seven seniors have worked on group projects since August to rebuild Smithville following the April tornado.

“We are trying to show options to the town of Smithvile.  This way they will have a lot of different options to choose from,” said John Poros, associate professor.

“I have never planned for a city before.  It was a really unique experience to plan for a city,” said MSU senior Brian Funchess.

“This is actually one of our first town major development projects.  So, we actually get to design.  We have not had a chance to do that,” said senior Brad Mallette.

“The thing that I was impressed with was the actual drawing that incorporated the Tenn-Tom Waterway into our future,” stated Smithville Mayor Gregg Kennedy.

The designs and plans will go into a comprehensive plan Smithville will produce and possibly follow.

Sanderson Student Lounge Ribbon Cutting

September 7th, 2011 Comments Off on Sanderson Student Lounge Ribbon Cutting

The School of Architecture and the Sanderson Recreation Center cordially requests your presence at the official Ribbon Cutting for the ‘STUDENT LOUNGE INSTALLATION’  in the Sanderson Center main entry concourse.  The installation was designed and built by School of Architecture students under the guidance of Professor Jenny Kivett as a part of the MSU Artist’s Incentive Grant Program this past summer. Patrik Nordin  (Assistant Director, Sanderson Ctr) was the collaborator with S|ARC on this project.

WHAT::::  Ribbon-cutting (and reception) for ‘Lounge Installation’

WHERE::::  Sanderson Center entry concourse

WHEN::::  Friday,  SEP 09,   3PM

WHY::::  To celebrate the amazing work!

A Sensuous Ethics of Difference

September 2nd, 2011 Comments Off on A Sensuous Ethics of Difference

Rachel McCann

Article first published online: 17 JUN 2011

HYPATIA, an International Journal of Feminist Philosophy
Special Issue: Ethics of Embodiment
Volume 26, Issue 3,  ( ) pages 497–517, Summer 2011

ABSTRACT:  This essay outlines how Western culture, and in particular the practice of architecture, has failed to develop a nuanced and ethical approach to alterity. It examines Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s conception of the flesh as a process of continual self-interrogation through perceptual acts that intertwine communality and difference, establishing a shared world through interlocution, and explores how the work of Merleau-Ponty and Luce Irigaray augment each other to deepen our understanding of alterity. It then examines architectural design as an intercorporeal and intersubjective act that creatively refigures sedimented spatial and social habits. Using the example of an architectural design studio, it demonstrates how designers can critically confront nuances of alterity through investigating the corporeal and social depths of architecture.

Ethical encounter with the other requires a nuanced consideration of both sameness and difference. Merleau-Ponty’s conception of the flesh configures the structure of being as continually in touch with itself through a process of differentiation, as the flesh seeks to experience itself through the relational act of perception. The flesh’s paradoxical intertwining of sameness and difference constitutes our very humanity as well as our relations with human others and the sensuous world, making it impossible to separate an ethics of sexual or social difference from an ethics of the sensuous. Through perceptually based creative acts such as architectural design, we can bring to light existing frameworks of social injustice as we participate in the flesh’s continual self-discovery. Far from being a nostalgic act, as Fredric Jameson charges, designing in the flesh can intertwine an ethics of care based in communality with a sense of wonder at the other’s irreducible alterity to open a way toward shared systems of power.

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