Lecture date: 2009-03-13
On the occasion of the exhibition 'Andrea Palladio: His Life and Legacy', organised by the Royal Academy of Arts and the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, this symposium critically re-examines readings of Palladio's architectural production - both built and written - over the last 50 years seeking to place him and his work in its historiographical context. The aim is to look at different aspects of Palladio's continuing impact and effect, and reflect on the contemporary relevance of this distinct architectural tradition.
Brett Steele - Welcome
Marina Lathouri - Introduction
Lionel March - 'Remarks on Quattro Libri II'
Pier Vittorio Aureli - 'The Geopolitics of the Ideal Villa: Palladio and the project of an anti-ideal city'
Q & A with Lionel March
Lecture date: 2009-02-05
Unlike most other famous 'historical' architects, Palladio can be understood in a way that easily overcomes the anti-historical claims of modern and avant-garde manifestos and programmes. Rather than hindering modernism, Palladio actually helped modern architecture recognise the 'history of recent history' as Reyner Banham has described it. In his book on Brutalism, Banham referred to a (neo-) neo-palladianism in the rigid geometries of the Smithsons. A few years earlier, Colin Rowe had canonised moden architecture by declaring that Le Corbusier's Villa Stein in Garches and Palladio's Villa Malcontenta were based on the same proportional laws. But this is just one aspect of Palladio's modern success; equally important to this lecture is Palladio's mastery of what would become the credo of Behrens, namely the Krpergestaltung, or the melting of material and form into architecture.
Werner Oechslin has taught at MIT, FU Berlin, Geneva, and Harvard, and continues to teach at ETH Zurich where he was the Head of the GTA Institute from 1986 to 2006. He is the author of Palladianismus: Andrea Palladio - Kontinuitt von Werk und Wirkung and the founder of the Werner Oechslin Library Foundation.'Ornament' Lecture Series co-ordinated by Oliver Domeisen.
Lecture date: 2013-10-30
A Grammar for Architecture: Filippo Bunelleschi and the advent of Syntactic Architecture
Lecture 2 of 6
Abstraction addresses the process of removal in order to reach the essential datum of things. In a design world increasingly dominated by organic and redundant forms, abstraction is likely to be one of the most unpopular concepts in the field of architectural theory. While it is a mistake to think abstraction opposes the complexities and contradictions of our world, we deny that it is the very outcome of larger historical and cultural forces.
Pier Vittorio Aureli will investigate the issue of abstraction and its relation to architectural form to propose a different interpretation of this historical phenomenon. Paraphrasing Marx, abstraction – in the form of categories such as geometry, measure, modularity and scale – was born out of ‘fire and blood’, and the historical evolution of abstract forms in architecture, such as the rise of modular design, the importance of the plan in architectural design, and the simplification of architectural form, has taken place amid political conflicts and economic turmoil. The seminar will attempt to read issues such as form and design in relation to the history of political economy, revisiting the work of numerous architects along the way, in order to uncover abstraction not as stylistic movement, but as the very essence of the modern project of architecture.
Lorenzo Ghiberti's "Gates of Paradise" (1425-1452) stand as an achievement of the creativity and brilliance of the Florentine imagination during the early days of the Italian Renaissance. This video examines the narrative and stylistic charm of each panel as seen in the copy at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
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