Monthly Archives: February 2016

HCT Debates: Ines Weizman

Customs House, Photographer Ortrun Bargholz @2014

Customs House, Photographer Ortrun Bargholz @2014

Organised and hosted by Marina Lathouri, John Palmesino and Douglas Spencer

Series: HCT Debates: Dis-locutions, the architectural and the political
Date: 26/2/2016
Time: 14:00:00
Venue: New Soft Room

HCT Debates: Dis-locutions, the architectural and the political

The HCT Debates provide a venue for exchange of ideas and arguments. External speakers are invited every week to present and engage with tutors and students. The aim is to position the multiple voices making possible a process of thinking in common, by definition a pedagogical practice different from the seminar or the lecture. The sessions are open to the public.

 

Ines Weizman: Bauhaus on the Golan – Modernism along the Sykes-Picot Line

This talk will present the story of a customs house in the Golan Heights to which locals refer as ‘Bauhaus’. Beyond being a fascinating case study of early modernism in ‘migration’ this building captures the complex history of transformation in the Middle East which originates from a treaty between British and French Diplomats to draw a dividing line through the Ottoman Empire. We will look at the geopolitical consequences of that border that cut through trans-Arabian infrastructures and at the role of architecture in the colonial history of the Levant.

Ines Weizman is professor of architecture theory at the Bauhaus University Weimar and director of the Bauhaus-Institute of History and Theory of Architecture and Planning and director of the Centre for Documentary Architecture. Her books include Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence (2014) and Before and After: Documenting the Architecture of Disaster (with Eyal Weizman, 2014). In 2015 she edited a volume of Journal Future Anterior (with Jorge Otero-Pailos). Her writing has been published in books, magazines and journals such as AA Files, ADD METAPHYSICS, ARCH+, Bauhaus Magazine, BEYOND, Displayer, JAE, Harvard Design Magazine, Perspecta, Volume and The Sage Handbook of Architectural Theory. Research and exhibition projects include ‘Celltexts. Books and other works produced in prison’ (with Eyal Weizman) first exhibited at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turino (2008, 2009, 2014, 2014, 2015) http://celltexts.org/ and ‘Repeat Yourself. Loos, Law and the Culture of the Copy’ first presented in the Arsenale at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012 (part of the Museum of Copies curated by FAT), an installation that has been shown also in Vienna and in New York in 2013.

Recommended reading

 Sharon Roṭbard, White city, black city : architecture and war in Tel Aviv and Jaffa, London 2015

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HCT Debates: Maria Theodorou

Organised and hosted by Marina Lathouri, John Palmesino and Douglas Spencer

Series: HCT Debates: Dis-locutions, the architectural and the political
Date: 19/2/2016
Time: 14:00:00
Venue: New Soft Room

HCT Debates: Dis-locutions, the architectural and the political

The HCT Debates provide a venue for exchange of ideas and arguments. External speakers are invited every week to present and engage with tutors and students. The aim is to position the multiple voices making possible a process of thinking in common, by definition a pedagogical practice different from the seminar or the lecture. The sessions are open to the public.

 

Maria Theodorou: Housing for Emancipated Wives and Bertrand Russell’s Contemplative Habit of Mind (London 1935 And 2016)

The British philosopher Bertrand Russell advocates for an architecture reform, in his “Architecture and Social Questions” essay; the 1935 text, written in between the two world wars, adds up to our historical knowledge on a particular aspect of the social housing discourse, which Russell centers on the position of woman within the family living and working arrangements. The talk goes beyond the obvious association of Russell’s text with ‘feminism’, and focuses instead on how the discussion of housing is embedded in Russell’s own distinctive conceptual framework. In fact, “Architecture and Social Questions” is one of the 15 essays gathered and published together under the telling title In Praise of idleness which advocates for “a contemplative habit of mind”. Can the revisiting of Russell’s ‘cool reflection’ provide the conceptual tools to approach the current context of London’s maddening housing provision, articulated in terms of ‘density’ and ‘scarcity’? The talk migrates Russell’s 1935 mindset to question the demand for more housing in 2016 London; Can Russell’s ‘contemplative state of mind’ serve us well in understanding a city with a growing population in which the urban impact of conflicting interests is manifested in the rich and poor widening divide but played out in terms of housing?

Maria Theodorou, PhD (AA), architect ARB/RIBA, Fulbright visiting fellow (Princeton, 2005). Maria is the director and founding member of the independent School of Architecture for All (SARCHA) and a senior lecturer at Leeds School of Architecture. Her research, publications and teaching centers on ‘architecture and the political and she is currently organizing the 6th International Conference on Architecture Competitions (ICC 2016).

http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/dr-maria-theodorou/

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HCT Debates: Marco Ferrari

Organised and hosted by Marina Lathouri, John Palmesino and Douglas Spencer

Series: HCT Debates: Dis-locutions, the architectural and the political
Date: 5/2/2016
Time: 14:00:00
Venue: New Soft Room

HCT Debates: Dis-locutions, the architectural and the political

The HCT Debates provide a venue for exchange of ideas and arguments. External speakers are invited every week to present and engage with tutors and students. The aim is to position the multiple voices making possible a process of thinking in common, by definition a pedagogical practice different from the seminar or the lecture. The sessions are open to the public.

 

Marco Ferrari: Italian Limes—the Politics of Cartography

Italian Limes is an ongoing research project on the movable borders on the Alps. It focuses on the effects of climate change on shrinking glaciers and the consequent shifts of the watershed line that defines the national borders of Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France. The most remote areas of the Alps—so inaccessible that they were regarded, up until the beginning of the last century, as terra incognita—have been the proving ground for a constant advance in the technological means aimed to give spatial certainty to the 20th century nation-state. Investigating the fragile balance of the Alpine ecosystem, along with the history of experimental mapping technologies, Italian Limes shows how natural frontiers are subject to the complexity of continuous ecological processes, depending on the technologies and norms we use to represent it.

 

Marco Ferrari (1981) is an architect and designer based in Milan, Italy. He has been editor at Abitare magazine from 2007 and 2011, and creative director of Domus magazine between 2011 and 2013. He has been one of the founding partners of Salottobuono, an architectural research collective based in Venice and active between 2006 and 2012. In 2012 he co-founded Folder—Agency for visual and spatial research. He teaches Methods and Tools for Representation at ISIA in Urbino, and Information Design at the MA Communication Design at IUAV University in Venice.

 

 

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Lecture / Seminar with Mario Carpo

Alberti’s media technologies: the invention of perspective, of design notations and 3d copies

Friday 5 February / 11:00pm / New Soft Room

 

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