Yale School of Architecture Public Lecture Series
Though recognizing the architect’s enormous artistic and visionary talent, Professor Krier proposes a revolutionary reading and revision of the LC Corpus.
Robert A.M. Stern Visiting Professor
March 30, 2015
Lecture date: 2008-11-28
Le Corbusier gave his only formal lecture in the UK on 18 December 1947, coinciding with the AA's centenary year. To commemorate this unique occasion the AA and RIBA have jointly organised this event: a gathering of Le Corbusier experts and respected postwar architects examine the content and context of the lecture, and the impact of his theories within the AA and for a whole generation of postwar British architects.
Hinda Sklar and Irena Murray - Welcome
Joseph Rykwert - Introduction: Should we still love Le Corbusier?
Paffard Keatinge-Clay - Learning Architecture by Working for Le Corbusier in Paris
Oliver Cox - Le Corbusier and the AA Revolution
Edward Bottoms - The AA in 1947: Setting the Context
Conversation recorded with Fabiola López-Durán in Paris on June 9, 2015
Source by The Funambulist Podcast
Lecture date: 1997-10-30
Michael Ventris studied architecture at the AA and served in the RAF as a navigator. A brilliant linguist, after years of painstaking study and research he introduced a new dimension to classical scholarship with the discovery in 1953 of the key to the deciphering of the Minoan Linear B Script. His work in this field has led to the understanding of much new information about ancient Greece and Mycenean civilization.
Only 34 years old when he died in 1956, Michael Ventris’s achievements had earned him an OBE, an Honorary Doctorate from Uppsala University and an Honorary Research Associateship with University College London.
A life-long friend of Ventris (they studied, travelled and worked together) Oliver Cox draws on much previously unpublished material to describe this extraordinary man, his theory of creative design and the analytical approach which he applied to the practice of architecture and to the decipherment. This lecture is in support of the Michael Ventris Memorial Fund, set up to promote research.
Het Nieuwe Instituut has invited Santiago Borja to build an observatory on the roof of Sonneveld House. This space for quiet reflection is devoted to Madame Blavatsky, co-founder of the Theosophical Society.
This event took place at the Sonneveld House . Speakers were professor Marco Pasi, artist Santiago Borja and theosophist Herman C. Vermeulen.
This Thursday Night took place on on 11 February 2016. More information: http://hetnieuweinstituut.nl/en/theosophy-and-modernism-santiago-borja-and-marco-pasi
Source by Het Nieuwe Instituut
What most books label the 'history of architecture' is often a celebration of a narrow and subjective canon of works. But should we think differently about how we designate the desirable from the architecturally anonymous? Plus: reports on the winners of the Africa Architecture awards and Ralph Erskine award.
Source by Monocle 24: Monocle on Design
1 March 2018
Evening Lecture organised by Octave Perrault
Architectural historian Daniel Paul will present the history of mirror glass architecture. Used for the first time by the Eero Saarinen and Associates office for the Nokia Bell Laboratories, it was Anthony Lumsden and Cesar Pelli who initially developed the reflective glass skin in mid-1960s Southern California. The material’s distinctive performance and aesthetic allowed it to quickly establish itself as a global archetype of late-modern ‘corporate vernacular’. But beyond the material itself, the history presented in this lecture shines a light on a common yet disregarded building typology, in which the technologies and economies of our contemporary condition were incubated.
Daniel Paul is a Los Angeles-based architectural historian, employed by the global consulting firm of ICF. His 15-year investigation of the history of late-modern glass skin architecture has never been presented in Europe. He has over 20 years’ experience in preservation advocacy, filing numerous landmark nominations that include late-modern works.
Lecture date: 2015-04-28
AA XX 100 / AA Collections Series
Jane Drew was one of the most prolific, international architects of the 20th Century. She practiced from the mid 1930s until the 1980s, spending a considerable portion of that time in practice with her husband, Edwin Maxwell Fry. She was very much a leader and driving force in the practice, always retaining her own independence and developing a highly collaborative approach to design that was most unusual at the time.
This lecture will take us on a journey of Drew’s major works starting in the UK, but focusing on her works in the Middle East, West Africa and India, as well as discussing her influences, collaborators and literary works. Drew’s work in Chandigarh is particularly important and we will consider her housing, schools and health projects in the city that informed the creation of the Department of Tropical Architecture with Otto Koenigsberger. Drew has sometimes been derided as a ‘poor designer’, she was also sometimes considered a divisive figure, but this lecture will challenge these premises that were surely rooted in the prejudices of the time.
Iain Jackson is a senior lecturer in architecture at the Liverpool School of Architecture. He is the B.A. Director of Studies and his research is concerned with transnational architecture, in particular British architects working in colonial and post-colonial settings. He has recently finished a Leverhulme funded research project investigating the significance of Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew and written a monograph (coauthored with Dr. Jessica Holland) on this work, published by Ashgate.
These talks (hosted by AA Membership) are being held as part of a wider series, leading up to the centenary of women at the Architectural Association in 2017. This series, organised by AA XX 100 with the collaboration of the Library, Photo Library and Archives, will feature academics who examine different periods of Architectural Association history, focusing on architects and tutors who helped shape architectural practice and profession globally. One of the talks on the immediate postwar period will show how students activism influenced the ethos of the school. The lectures will also highlight the AA’s collections and there will be displays of unique historic material from the AA Collections at each talk.
Modern marvel or bleak box? Modernism is one of the most divisive architectural movements of the 20th century. We talk to Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill, founding directors of The Modern House and authors of a new book that argues why it’s time for us to reassess our definition of modernity. Plus: the new mapping tool offering architectural tours of London and our selection of three standout autumn fashion campaigns.
Source by Monocle 24: Monocle on Design
Lecture date: 2002-05-16
In an event pitched between an informal lecture and a book launch, Alan Colquhoun discusses the background and contents of his new book Modern Architecture - a history of the modern movement between 1890 and the 1960s.
Lecture date: 2005-10-20
Concentrating on the significance of representations of Mies van der Rohe as constructed images of 'the architect', Detlef Mertins delves into the topic of ethical self-fashioning, greatness and fame.
Mertins is Professor and Chair of the Architecture Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published and lectured extensively on the history and theory of architectural modernity and has organised major international design competitions. His books include The Victory of the New Building Style; The Presence of Mies; and Metropolitan Mutations: The Architecture of Emerging Public Spaces.