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The Landscape of Affordances & the Potential of Vacancy

The Landscape of Affordances & the Potential of Vacancy
230 College Street, PCL room
Time: Apr 22nd, 10:00 am End: Apr 22nd, 12:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Urban, Sociology (FAS), Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Environment, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Cities and Humanities, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, 2000-
Lecture by Eric Rietveld, University of Amsterdam

The JHI Working Group on NeuroPhenomenology and Architecture is pleased to present a public lecture:

Eric Rietveld, University of Amsterdam

The Landscape of Affordances and the Potential of Vacancy

Comments by Zeynep Çelik Alexander, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

Dr. Erik Rietveld is a Senior Researcher at the University of Amsterdam (AMC/Department of Philosophy/ILLC/Brain & Cognition) and a Founding Partner of Rietveld Landscape (www.rietveldlandscape.nl). Rietveld Landscape is a design and research studio operating at the crossroads of architecture, science and art.

Erik Rietveld was a Fellow in Philosophy at Harvard University and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. His philosophical and interdisciplinary research on ‘Unreflective Action’ was awarded by the European Science Foundation (2009), the University of Amsterdam (2009), AMC, Amsterdam Medical Center (2011), and twice by NWO, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Rubicon 2008, VENI 2009).

With his brother Ronald Rietveld, he was curator of the Dutch contribution ‘Vacant NL’ to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010, author of the Dutch Atlas of Vacancy, and founder/director of the architectural design research master ‘Vacant NL’ at the Sandberg Institute/Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Vacant NL was awarded with a Dutch Design Award and the Rotterdam Design Prize. They have shown work at international exhibitions in Sao Paulo, Oslo, Mumbai, Moscow, and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. In September 2013 they will present a new installation at the Istanbul Art Biennale.

Erik Rietveld publishes regularly in renowned international journals such as Mind, Inquiry, Phenomenology & The Cognitive Sciences, Frontiers, and Behavioral & Brain Sciences.
The Landscape of Affordances & Potential of Vacancy

In the first part of his talk, Dr. Rietveld will present an account of 'affordances' or possibilities for action offered by the environment. We understand affordances as relations between aspects of the environment and abilities available in a form of life, which includes socio-cultural practices in our human case. Thanks to the variety of both environment and abilities, the landscape of affordances in our niche is very rich and resourceful. In the second part of his talk, Dr. Rietveld will illustrate how Rietveld Landscape translated this philosophical perspective into an installation for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010, which showed the enormous potential of 10,000 vacant public and governmentally owned buildings from the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Optional Readings:
Rietveld, "Bodily intentionality and social affordances in context"
Rietveld, Landscape curatorial statement for Vacant NL
Chemero, "An Outline of a Theory of Affordances"

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.  Please click HERE to register.

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For further information, please contact the organizer, Dr. Matthew Allen, or the John H. Daniels Faculty of Landscape, Architecture and Design at (416) 978-5038

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