The Unconditional Hospitality and Threshold Architecture.
Pelin Tan

The Other is prior to or superior to the self and is the basis of ethics. Yet it is also based upon an ‘impossibility’ or, as Simon Critchley has described it, ‘a radical and unfulfillable demand’, which is akin to the impossible nature of unconditional hospitality. In her article on the work of Krzysztof Wodiczko, Rosalyn Deutsche takes this further by referring to E.Levinas’s assertion that ‘my relationship with the Other as neighbour gives meaning to my relations with all the others’. Thus the subject’s responsibility is limited not to the Other but extended to Others, making the encounter even more uncanny and traumatic. In this respect, hospitality involves a demanding responsibility.

Following that in this manuscript Tan proposes a fresh approach about the relation of E. Levinas’s ethics and architecture. How can we understand “space” in architecture, design and urbanism through the lens of E. Levinas’s philosophy? From a philosophical perspective, the writer tries to search and investigate a spatial ethics that is urgent in recent urban and architectural conditions. Tan follows neat definitions and discussions of concepts such as 'space', 'hospitality', 'neighbor/mahalle', 'destruction/ruins', "refugee" and 'ethics of face' by going through philosophers/thinkers E. Levinas, R. Negasterani, R. Deutsche and J. Toufic. The further part of the book analysis some projects of architects as Aristides Antonas and others.

Title: The Unconditional Hospitality and Threshold Architecture
Author: Pelin Tan
Graphic design: Sevgi Ortaç
ISBN: [pending]
Size: 11 X 16,5 cm.
Date: Spring 2017
Publisher: dpr-barcelona

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The Amphitheater House. Aristide Antonas [2008]