Dr.ir. A. (Andrej) Radman

Dr.ir. A. (Andrej) Radman

Research profile

Biography

Andrej Radman has been teaching theory courses and design studios at TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and The Built Environment since 2004. In 2008 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Architecture and joined the research and teaching staff of the Architecture Theory Group. As a graduate of the Zagreb School of Architecture in Croatia, Radman received a Master’s Degree with Honours and a Doctoral Degree from Delft University of Technology. His current research focuses on New Materialism in general and Ecologies of Architecture in particular. Radman is a member of the National Committee on Deleuze Scholarship, and production editor and member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed architecture theory journal Footprint. He is also a licensed architect with a portfolio of built and competition-winning projects. In 2002 Radman won the Croatian Association of Architects annual award for housing architecture in Croatia.

Expertise

Architecture Theory | Affect Theory | Affordance Theory | Radical Empiricism | Ecologies of Architecture | New Materialism

Research

My research relies on Radical Empiricism as a means of tapping, not into the solipsistic world-of-design, but into the relations of exteriority or the design-of-world. This anti-representational disposition resonates strongly with the ethico-aesthetic realist approach that seeks to circumvent obstacles in the formal structures of power in favour of an affirmative constructivist (meso)politics of matter. It concentrates on the notion of priming, which occurs not on the level at which actions are decided, but on the pre-subjective and impersonal level at which the very capacity for action forms. As Robin Evans, the architectural progenitor of the Affective Turn, surmised, the goal-oriented action (volition) cannot in any serious way be used as a design criterion because “freedom of action is never a de facto established condition but always a nascent possibility.” This antecedent level of potentialisation (desire) is proto-epistemological, yet already ontological, in that it concerns change in the life-form’s degree of enablement in and towards its umwelt. The onto-topological commitment stipulates that experience is not an event ‘in the mind’. Rather, the mind emerges from the interaction with the milieu. The life-form never pre-exists an event, hence the prefix ‘life’ or, more to the point, the urban-life-form. Simpler still, action, perception and environment are located on a continuum. It is from this plastic perspective of Relational Thinking that we need to challenge the predominant homeostatic principle of substance in architectural thinking, in favour of the metastable – ‘anexact’ yet rigorous – transversal principle of process.

Teaching

My architectural practice has always influenced my work as a theorist beyond the facile qualification of practice as an application of theory or, conversely, as its inspiration. This double bind has served me greatly with respect to my capacity to develop architecture education programs that meet both the rigorous demands of research as well as the strenuous requirements of professional design training. After all, the only non-totalising and hence immanent theory is the one in becoming, as sense is never given but must be made. To paraphrase Spinoza, we do not yet know what architecture can do.

Monographs and Edited Books

Radman, A. and R.A. Gorny, eds., Epiphylogenetic Turn and Architecture: In (Tertiary) Memory of Stiegler, Footprint Vol. 16/1 No. 30 (Delft: Architecture Theory Chair in partnership with Jap Sam Books, 2022). <Forthcoming>

Radman, A., Ecologies of Architecture: Essays on Territorialisation (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2021).

Radman, A. and S. Kousoulas, eds., Architectures of Life and Death: The Eco-Aesthetics of the Built Environment (London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2021).

Radman, A. and S. Kousoulas, eds. Architectures of Life and Death: Book of Abstracts (Delft: TU Delft, 2019).

Radman, A. and M. Boumeester, eds. A Grin without a Cat: Book of Abstracts (Enschede: AKI Academy of Art and Design, 2017).

Radman, A. and H. Sohn, eds., Critical and Clinical Cartographies: Architecture, Robotics, Medicine, Philosophy (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017).

Radman, A. and P. Healy, eds., Constellation of Awakening: Benjamin and Architecture, Footprint Vol. 10/1 No. 18 (Delft: Architecture Theory Chair in partnership with Stichting Footprint and Jap Sam Books, 2016).

Radman, A. and S. Kousoulas, eds., 3C: International Conference Proceedings (Delft: Architecture Theory Chair in partnership with Jap Sam Books, 2015).

Radman, A. and D. Hauptmann, eds., Asignifying Semiotics: or How to Paint Pink on Pink, Footprint Vol. 8/1 No. 14 (Delft: Architecture Theory Chair in partnership with Stichting Footprint and Techne Press, 2014).

Radman, A., Gibsonism: Ecologies of Architecture, Doctorate Dissertation (Delft: TU Delft, 2012).

Radman, A. and I. Vrbanek, Radman – Vrbanek: 1997-2002, Monograph (Zagreb: RPK, 2002).

Book Chapters

Radman, A. “Generalised Chromaticism: The Ecologisation of Architecture” in Embodiment and meaning-making: Interdisciplinary perspectives on architectural heritage, eds. A. Stanicic and A. Jelic, Special issue of the Journal of Architecture 27 no. 2 (March 2022). <Forthcoming>

Radman, A. “Machinic Phylum and Architecture” in CDRF 2020, Proceedings of the 2020 DigitalFUTURES, ed. P.F. Yuan et al. (Berlin / New York: Springer, 2021), pp. 3-16.

Radman, A. “Deep Architecture: An Ecology of Hetero-Affection” in Architectural Affects after Deleuze and Guattari, eds. M. Jobst and H. Frichot (London: Routledge, 2020), pp. 63-80.

Radman, A., K. August, Z. Djebbara and S. Kousoulas, The Architecture of the Virtual: An Encounter Between Cognitive Neurosciences and Architecture” in Ambiances, Alloæsthesia: Senses, Inventions, Worlds, Volume 2, ed. D. Masson (International Ambiances Network, 2020), pp. 336-341.

Radman, A., “Groundless Grounds” in Unknown Grounds 2019: The Reader, ed. F. Reznik (Leeuwarden: VHDG, Tresoar, 2019), pp. 14-24.

Radman, A., “3D perception ≠ 2D image + 1D inference: Or why a single precise shot would often miss the target, whereas a series of imprecise shots will eventually lead to a hit” in What Images Do, eds. J. Bäcklund, H. Oxvig, M. Renner and M. Søberg (Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2019), pp. 145-155.

Radman, A. “Involutionary Architecture: Unyoking Coherence from Congruence” in Posthuman Ecologies: Complexity and Process after Deleuze, eds. R. Braidotti and S. Bignall (London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2019), pp. 61-86.

Radman, A. “Ecologies of Architecture” in Posthuman Glossary, eds. R. Braidotti and M. Hlavajova (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), pp. 117-120.

Radman, A. “Double Bind: On Material Ethics” in Schizoanalysis and Ecosophy: Reading Deleuze and Guattari, ed. C. Boundas (London: Bloomsbury, 2018), pp. 241-256.

Radman, A. “Zigzagging: Bound by the Absence of Tie” in The Dark Precursor: Deleuze and Artistic Research, ed. Paulo de Assis (Leuven: Leuven University Press (Orpheus Institute Series), 2017), pp. 182-191.

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Radman, A., “Space Always Comes After: It is good when it comes after; it is good only when it comes after” in Speculative Art Histories: Analysis at the Limits, ed. S. van Tuinen (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017), pp. 185-201. 

Radman, A., M. Boumeester, “The Impredicative City: or What Can a Boston Square Do?” in Deleuze and the City, eds. H. Frichot, C. Gabrielsson and J. Metzger (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), pp. 46-63.

Radman, A., “Figure, discourse: to the abstract concretely” in Deleuze and Guattari on Architecture (Critical Assessments in Architecture, Volume II), ed. G. Livesey (London: Routledge, 2015), pp. 317-339.

Radman, A., “Sensibility is Ground Zero: On Inclusive Disjunction and Politics of Defatalization” in This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Society, eds. R. Braidotti and R. Dolphijn (Leiden & Boston: Brill/Rodopi, 2014), pp. 57-86.

Radman, A., “CIAM Reloaded: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Horizontality” in Amsterdam Places: Interiors, Buildings, Cities, ed. J. Zeinstra (Amsterdam: Architectura & Natura, 2013), pp. 275-282.

Radman, A. and D. Hauptmann, “Northern Line” in Deleuze and Architecture, eds. H. Frichot and S. Loo (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013), pp. 40-60.

Radman, A., “Figure, Discourse: To the abstract concretely” in Cognitive Architecture: From Bio-politics to Noo-politics, eds., D. Hauptmann and W. Neidich (Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 2010), pp. 430-451.

Events

Design Space: Technicities and the Built Environment, Online conversation (09/06/2021), TU Delft. <Organising committee member and moderator> 

Epiphylogenetic Turn and Surroundings: In (Tertiary) Memory of Stiegler, Webinar in collaboration with ArtEZ University of the Arts and the Surroundings Lab network (18/11/2020), Online Event, TU Delft. <Organising committee member and moderator>

Architectures of Life and Death, Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference #8, TU Delft (21/05/2019). <Organising committee member>

Mapping Rhythm, CRTGRPHS 4, Seminar and round-table discussion with Cocky Eek (artist) and Renske Maria van Dam (architect), TU Delft (11/10/2018). <Organising committee member>

Mapping the Gesture in Architecture, CRTGRPHS 3, Seminar and round-table discussion with Frans Sturkenboom (Eindhoven University of Technology) and Sjoerd van Tuinen (Erasmus University Rotterdam), TU Delft (07/06/2018). <Organising committee member>

Mapping Sonic Space, CRTGRPHS 2, Seminar and round-table discussion with Hillel Schwartz (independent scholar), Marcel Cobussen (Leiden University) and Raviv Ganchrow (Royal Conservatoire The Hague); moderated by Taufan Ter Weel, TU Delft (07/12/2017). <Organising committee member>

Mapping the Anthropocene, CRTGRPHS 1, Seminar and round-table discussion with Niels Schrader (KABK), Sjoerd van Oevelen (AKI) and Sybille Lammes (Leiden University), TU Delft (12/10/2017). <Organising committee member>

A Grin without a Cat, Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference #6, AKI Academy of Art and Design, University of the Arts ArtEZ, Enschede (17-18/05/2017). <Organising committee member and moderator>

What-If: From Formal Logic to Material Inference, Deleuze Studies Camp: New Material Practices and A Life (The Island of Utö 22-26/06/2015). <Seminar and workshop guide>

Critical and Clinical Cartographies, Two-day Conference by Theory Chair and Hyperbody, Department of Architecture TU Delft (13-14/11/2014). <Scientific committee member and Moderator>

What Images Do: The Image Act, Second of three symposia organised in cooperation with three other European universities and academies, TU Delft (29-31/05/2013). <Organising committee member>

Asignifying Semiotics: or How to Paint Pink on Pink, Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference #2, TU Delft (29/05/2013). <Organising committee member>

Sensibility is Ground Zero, Colloquium and workshop (16-18/10/2012) under the auspices of the Venice Biennale SessionsCommon Ground - in collaboration with the Dessau Institute of Architecture, Venice. <Organising committee member>

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