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Dear Friends,

the Forum for Architecture Theory is glad to invite you to its session 25 „ON IRONY“!

Please find the abstract at the following link:

The text “The Theory of Affordances” has been proposed by Jakob Sellaoui (

It is a chapter out of the book: “The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception” by James J. Gibson.

In reality very few things seem certain. Especially when it comes to the way we relate our bodies to our environments and vice versa. Naturally this involves a necessary trust and involved expectations, that – with or without the involvement of architects – often end in odd and strange results. Assuming the accidental quality of situational irony to be a fundamental condition and consequence of living among other beings, objects and buildings – rather than an architectural “citation device”, then the reality of co-existing becomes a rich and strange field for possibility.

James J. Gibson's Theory of Affordances provides an initial framework from the perspective of what he calls the “ecological approach to visual perception”, in which the

perceived offerings of an environment and the possibilities for action of an observer (animals, humans) become complementary. By the means of aligning the selected text alongside personal photographs of everyday situations and recently completed works, THINGS THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE WHAT THEY ARE investigates architecture as a slippery slope of putting things into relation, where the outcome – for better or worse remains uncertain.*

Looking forward to seeing you on July 13 2021 at 7:30PM in the Zoom Space!

Please find the necessary details below:

ID: 614 9395 8715

Passcode: 201566

F.A.T. wishes you a good reading!

* Synopsis by Jakob Sellaoui, Arch. Dipl.Ing.