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
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.
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: 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.
Lecture date: 1994-02-05
Beatriz Colomina draws on the experience of researching and writing her influential book Privacy and Publicity to raise questions about the relationships between architectural history and the archive. In her book, Colomina uses a series of close readings of two major figures of the modern movement - Adolf Loos and Le Corbusier - to argue that architecture only becomes modern in its engagement with the mass media, and that in so doing it radically displaces the traditional sense of space and subjectivity. Where conventional criticism portrays modern architecture as a high artistic practice in opposition to mass culture, Colomina sees the emerging systems of communication that have come to define twentieth-century culture the mass medias the true site within which modern architecture was produced. This does not mean abandoning the architectural object, the building, but rather looking at it in a different way. The building is understood here in the same way as all the media that frame it, as a mechanism of representation in its own right. With modernity, the site of architectural production literally moved from the street into photographs, films, publications, and exhibitions a displacement that presupposes a new sense of space, one defined by images rather than walls. This age of publicity corresponds to a transformation in the status of the private: modernity is actually the publicity of the private. Beatriz Colomina is Professor of Architecture and Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University.
Lecture date: 1987-02-11
Formalities Lecture Series
In the Formalities lecture series Robin Evans reviews aspects of composition with a view to finding out why those aspects are so often regarded as fundamental categories, and with a view also to showing how they interact with other kinds of phenomena. 'Modern architecture is more metaphorical than any other that there has ever been because it takes the things normally construed as being functional and construes them metaphorically'. Evans discusses the content and development of Le Corbusier's Modulor system of proportion and its relationship to the design and construction of Notre-Dame du Haut, Ronchamp. By distinguishing the ways in which the idea of the mechanical and rational manifests itself in terms of form and by tracing the return of descriptive geometry to modern architecture following the 19th century division between architecture and engineering, he attempts to clarify some of the issues surrounding the critical quest to comprehend Le Corbusier's creativity.
NB: Two lectures.
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Associate Professor, Yale School of Architecture, will introduce a conversation between Jules David Prown, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, and Senior Research Fellow at the Center; and Alexander Purves, Professor Emeritus, Yale School of Architecture, in which they will discuss the Center's new publication of Cook and Klotz's interviews with Kahn, which Prown has edited with Karen E. Denavit, Information Analyst at the Center.