Knowledge Production at the Borderline Territory

Phenomenology of a Transformative Encounter


  • Lovorka Prpić University of Zagreb




border, transition, phenomenology, relation, inside-outside


Learning is a life-long process of growth and transformation through personal experience. Learning, like creation, takes place in relation. Life happens in the interval of matter. In the magnetic field of an active void— the space-time interval of change — a new form of life is created. Intention is to explore the incentive for knowledge production dynamics in the education of architects through a lens of relational phenomena. The key stimulus for production of knowledge is a transformative encounter with the dissimilar ‘Other’. The process of learning architecture is examined through the phenomenology of perception as the epistemologically most suitable apparatus. Experience of the inside-outside relation in spatial perception of architecture is compared with the one in psychoanalytical dynamics. Winnicott’s seminal concept of ‘transitional space’ is juxtaposed with a dynamic experience of transgressing porous architectural boundaries — both being analogs of the learning process.

How to Cite

Prpić, L. (2020). Knowledge Production at the Borderline Territory: Phenomenology of a Transformative Encounter. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 350–367.



Author Biography

Lovorka Prpić, University of Zagreb

Graduated from Zagreb Faculty of Architecture, where teaching since 2003. Appointed assistant professor. Attended postgraduate program at Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture. Worked in joint office with M. Bernfest. Awarded at national architectural competitions, nominated for international awards (Mies van der Rohe Award, Piranesi Award), national professional awards. Exhibits internationally. Publishes articles in Oris magazine. Croatian Arch. Association magazine (ČIP) Editorial Board member 2006-08.


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