Architecture’s Awaking from Correlationist Slumber: On Transdisciplinarity and Disciplinary Specificity


  • Andrej Radman



Perception cannot be considered independently of the environment since it is defined as an evolved adaptive and constructive relation between the life-form and its milieu. Unfortunately, experimental psychology research has relied overwhelmingly on object perception, rather than environment perception, with the findings of the former providing the basis for understanding the latter.

Architectural research continues to suffer from this fallacy. Furthermore, to separate the ‘cultural’ from the ‘natural’ environment – as if there were a world of mental and a world of material products – is a fatal mistake. There is only one world. The paper explores J.J. Gibson’s unwitting affiliation with Deleuze. The most notable point of convergence between the two thinkers is their more or less overt theory of ‘passive synthesis’ of perception with which they vehemently oppose, or better yet complement, the active synthesis of representation.

Author Biography

Andrej Radman

Andrej Radman is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Delft School of Design, TU Delft. His research addresses the ecological approach to perception by psychologist James Jerome Gibson and his unwitting affiliation with Deleuze’s radical anti-representationalism. Radman is also a practising architect and recipient of the Annual Award for Best Housing Architecture awarded by the Croatian Architects Association. He is a member of the Dutch National Committee on Deleuze Scholarship.