Pier Vittorio AURELI
PhD Open Seminar Series
The seminars will take place at 1.00 on the following dates:
Tuesday 9 October: Vitruvius’s On Architecture
Tuesday 23 October: Sebastiano Serlio’s Seven books on Architecture, Jacopo Vignola’s Canon of the Five Orders of Architecture, Andrea Palladio’s Four books on Architecture
Tuesday 6 November: Claude Perrault’s Ordinance for the Five Kinds of Columns after the Method of the Ancients, Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand’s Précis of the Lectures on Architecture
Tuesday 13 November: Le Corbusier’s Towards an Architecture, Ludwig Hilberseimer’s Metropolisarchitecture
Tuesday 27th November: Robert Venturi’s Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, Aldo Rossi’s Architecture of the City
Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator. His research and projects focuses on the relationship between architectural form, political theory and urban history. Aureli teaches at the Architectural Association in London, and he is Davenport Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture at Yale University. He is the author of many essays and of The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (2011), The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture Within and Against Architecture (2008). Aureli is co-founder of Dogma, an architectural studio based in Brussels that focuses on the project of the city.
Lecture date: 1997-01-28
Kurt Forster makes an assessment of Karl Friedrich Schinkel's ideas on theatre and architecture. Schinkel characterized his passionate preoccupation with things theatrical as 'an inclination I have felt since adolescence for the pictorial treatment of the stage'. His extensive experience with the design of panoramas, theatres and stage sets kept him professionally active during the lean years of the French occupation of Berlin and endowed him with the capacity to invent images with a 'dramatic meaning of destruction and creation'. His architectural projects, no less than his paintings, exercise their effect on the viewer by means of a forcible dislocation.
Schinkel's artistic strategy turned real and imaginary places into sites of poetic displacement. Taking Schinkel's Berlin Schauspielhaus as a point of departure, Forster extends this notion of poetic displacement to the whole of his urban projects. Kurt Forster was formerly Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at the ETH Zurich and Director of the CCA in Montreal.