On 05.09.14, Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed Jean Louis Cohen about his latest book "Architecture in Uniform: Designing and Building for the Second World War”, which was published by Editions Hazan (July 26, 2011), distributed by Yale University Press in North America, and now reviewed in this issue of e-Oculus. Listen to the interview and enjoy!
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For Manuel de Solà-Morales (1939--2012), urbanism necessarily entailed the application of ideas to different realities. He saw urbanism as a social construct, subject to political debate, but he knew that the design project must define strategies and actions for diverse conditions. After studying at Harvard GSD, he returned to Barcelona to establish his practice.
His projects reflect the influence of his professor Josep Lluis Sert, as well as Ludovico Quaroni, Aldo Rossi, and Henri Lefèbvre. This symposium celebrates Solà-Morales's synthesis of the roots of urbanism with contributions by Lorena Bello, Joan Busquets, Felipe Correa, Jean-Louis Cohen, Alexander d'Hooghe, Alex Krieger, Rafael Moneo, Marcel Smets, Marion Weiss, and Mirko Zardini. The construction of urban theory in the field of urbanism and urban architecture calls for a refined conceptual formulation and a socially valid practice; above all, it needs the time to develop. In this process, the emergence of figures capable of generating "new visions" is commendable: Manuel de Solà-Morales, Barcelona architect, was one such. He was one of the first Spanish students of Josep Lluís Sert at Harvard, he founded the Laboratori d'Urbanisme de Barcelona, and he created new concepts and introduced innovative practices for transforming urban design in Europe.
The symposium taking place at the GSD on 10 October tables a critical discussion of his theoretical and practical legacy with a view to understanding the roots of today's urbanistic discipline as one of the pillars for addressing the major challenges facing the city and urbanized territories in the 21st century. The construction of urban theory in the field of urbanism and urban architecture calls for a refined conceptual formulation and a socially valid practice; above all, it needs the time to develop. In this process, the emergence of figures capable of generating "new visions" is commendable: Manuel de Solà-Morales, Barcelona architect, was one such. He was one of the first Spanish students of Josep Lluís Sert at Harvard, he founded the Laboratori d'Urbanisme de Barcelona, and he created new concepts and introduced innovative practices for transforming urban design in Europe.
Le commissaire invité Jean-Louis Cohen, titulaire de la chaire Sheldon H. Solow en histoire de l’architecture à l’Institute of Fine Arts de la New York University, organise une conférence sur l’exposition, qui présente les résultats de dix ans de recherche internationale sur la contribution apportée par l’architecture à la guerre.
En savoir plus : http://www.cca.qc.ca/fr/education-evenements/2427
Guest curator Jean-Louis Cohen, Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, presents a lecture on the exhibition Architecture in Uniform: Designing and Building for the Second World War, the result of over a decade of international research into the extensive contribution of architecture to the war.
Learn more: http://www.cca.qc.ca/en/education-events/2427
Looking back at (or is it looking forward to?) Utopie: Sociologie de l'urbain (1967-1978) with editors Isabelle Auricoste and Hubert Tonka, and historians Jean-Louis Cohen, Craig Buckley, Jean-Louis Violeau in this first installment of a two-part launch for Utopie: Texts and Projects, 1967-1978.
Find out more at MITPRESS.MIT.EDU/CATALOG/ITEM/DEFAULT.ASP?TTYPE=2&TID=12484
This event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Maison Francaise, Columbia University.
One hundred years after his birth, the prolific work of Roman architect Bruno Zevi continues to engage current problems in theory and criticism, and deserves to be revisited. From the publication of Towards an Organic Architecture, in 1945, to his monograph on Erik Gunnar Asplund published the very year of his death in 2000, many of his books have had an electrifying effect on architects and historians. Active as educator and as political activist, he was an engaged, charismatic contributor to the public discussion through his weekly chronicle in L’Espresso. Beyond Italy, Zevi has had a determining presence in Latin America and other parts of the world.
Held at a school where his passage between 1940 and 1942 was far from uneventful, this symposium addresses issues relative to Zevi’s life, to his writings and to his brave fights for his ideas. His position in Italian politics and in the historical interpretation of architecture will be questioned, as well as the theoretical, narrative and rhetorical strategies at work in his engaged texts.
The first session, entitled “Democracy, Dialogue, Narrative: The Dialectics of Disegno and Storia“, will be moderated by K. Michael Hays with contributions from Pippo Ciorra and Daria Ricchi.
The second session, entitled “Zevi's World, from Cambridge to the Rio de la Plata, and Back to Rome”, will be moderated by Anthony Vidler with contributions from Alicia Imperiale, Jorge Francisco Liernur, and Tamar Zinguer.
A conclusive lecture from Jean-Louis Cohen will measure Zevi’s role within the double perspective of architectural practice and historical reflection.