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Le Corbusier (1920-1935): style, the Zeitgeist and Nature – Tim Benton

The first lecture held by prof. Tim Benton on the work of Le Corbusier as part of the History and Critical Thinking Programme.

Thursday, 15 October, 2015, 10:00 AM

37 First Floor Front

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Pedro Alonso


Series: MA History and Critical Thinking Lecture Series
Date: 26/2/2015
Time: 12:00:00
Venue: 32 First Floor Back

Organised and hosted by Marina Lathouri

Although largely marginal within official accounts of modern architecture, during the second half of the twentieth century the development of large concrete panel systems was central to debates about architecture’s modernisation and industrialisation. Through this development, not only was construction transferred from the building site to the factory floor, and manual labour succeeded by automated mass production, but political, aesthetic and ideological debates began to inscribe themselves onto the panel itself, a symbol for a whole new set of architectural values. Distributed and adapted to many different cultural, geographical and political contexts, these systems went beyond national borders in producing more than 170 million apartments worldwide.

Pedro Alonso is an architect, holds an MSc in architecture from the Universidad Católica de Chile, and completed his PhD at the Architectural Association in London. He is currently Associate Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Together with Hugo Palmarola he received a Research Trust Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects and has been authors of Panel (Architectural Association, 2014) and Monolith Controversies (Hatje Cantz, 2014). They won a Silver Lion for their participation in the 14th Venice Architecture Biennial. Alonso is also author of Deserta: Ecology and Industry in the Atacama Desert (ARQ, 2012).

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Stefan C. Popa


Stefan studied in Bucharest, Paris and Barcelona before joining the Architectural Association. After graduating from the Vallès School of Architecture in Barcelona in 2009, he was awarded the Caja de los Arquitectos scholarship and started practicing architecture as a design team member of the Foster + Partner Madrid office. His interest in theory of architecture in relation to the practice of architecture led him to pursue the History and Critical Thinking MA degree at the Architectural Association in 2014. After graduating from the Programme, Stefan started taking part in various competition and academic juries in the U.S, U.K and Egypt. His current PhD research at the Architectural Association aims at highlighting a set of relevant questions on the notion of critical ecology resulted from the interactions of the multiple agencies involved in the organization of the Winter Olympic Games held in Lillehammer in 1994.

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