Dis-locutions: Architecture and the Political (HCT Debates)
Organised and hosted by Marina Lathouri, John Palmesino and Douglas Spencer
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 therefore open to the public.
Every time brings specific conditions to the manner in which the claims on architecture are made. New technologies and modes of design and production have prompted elaborate arguments on economic policies, new organisational models, environmental strategies and sustainable development patterns. There seems to be, however, a lack of reflection on the fundamental question of architecture as a composite form of knowledge with specific traits, and a distinct set of practices, yet in difficult connections with cultural economies and material configurations. Processes involved in the constitution of these multiple territories – professional, disciplinary, cultural and legal – and the negotiation of frontiers – conceptual, practical and technical – are proposed here essentially as a dispute over their proper locus.
Is it possible to proceed through a critical body of architectural references, existing or to be constituted, in order to engage existing material organisations and their institutional frameworks? Is it possible that the various regimes of the architectural project might still enable us to rethink conceptions of space, conflicts of appropriation and norms of use nearing the juridical delimitations of public and private domains?
David Cunningham, Benjamin Noys, Thanos Zartaloudis, Adrian Lahoud, Alexandra Vougia, Alejandra Celedon, Sophia Psarra, Louis Moreno
Organised by Marina Lathouri
This section is dedicated to the writings produced by the MA students as their final dissertations. Tutorials and extensive debates on the extensive array of subjects took place over the last term of the Programme, and formally resulted in 15.ooo words individual essays. The final presentation of the thesis after the submission in September to internal and external critics as well as the new students provided a formal conclusion and celebration of the work of the year and an inspiring introduction to the newcomers.