Translating Kant's Transcendence into Architectural Urban Coexistence

Abstracts: This writing attempts to draw relationship between philosophy of 'Transcendence' by Immanuel Kant and notion of human coexistence in urban architecture, an essential idea for a construction of a city where people of heterogeneity be together as a whole. Notion of coexistence is categorized into two levels, physically coexist level, and conceptual coexist level, while conceptual coexistence being the main interest of investigation. The idea of translating transcendence model into architectural strategy explored the perceptual mean and conceptual meaning between form and people, people and people. This writing ends with proposal of adaptation of transcendence model into architectural experience which has direct and indirect implication on social-cultural conception and consequences, such as visual-spatial propensity that allow for multiple readings on object, or people as entity in public spaces, spatial awareness in constituting public spaces through sequence of architectural journey and configuration in spaces, as a reorganization of built form and human presences into new information for another level of knowledge of human in spaces, contra to a condition that solely allow for perceptual experience that leads to possible discrimination with knowledge from cultural baggage and synthetic judgement as mention by Kant on one another, but conceptually coexist. Keywords: transcendence, coexistence, urban, being, public, perception, conception, knowledge, experience, discrimination. 

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