Dalibor Vesely – Contemporary Architecture at the Crossroad

Lecture date: 2004-12-02

Contemporary Architecture at the Crossroad: The Question of Creativity in the Shadow of Production. The conceptual possibilities of representation and production have reached a level of perfection that opens to contemporary architecture an almost unlimited horizon of solutions. This situation raises a question about the purpose of purely productive possibilities and the conditions under which they can be sustained. Addressing the link between virtual modes of representation and the irreducible corporeality of architecture, the nature of the grey zone of modernity, Dalibor Vesely tries to explain the analogy: as the written text is to literacy, so architecture is to culture as a whole.

Dalibor Vesely studied architecture, art history and philosophy in Prague. From 1968 to 1978 he was diploma studio master at the AA and from 1978 held the same position at Cambridge where he is a director of the graduate programme in the history and philosophy of architecture.


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