Lars Spuybroek – The Radical Picturesque

Lecture date: 2009-01-19

In a lecture accompanying a presentation of his book ‘The Architecture of Continuity’, Lars Spuybroek concentrates on the aesthetic argument that states digital design is to be viewed as part of an age-old attempt to incorporate variation and imperfection in architecture. Historically, the picturesque is positioned between beauty (the world of pure forms) and the sublime (A world of pure forces), but bridging both in a productive way. It is the realm of forces that results in forms and it is forms that channel unspecified forces.

Lars Spuybroek is principal of the architectural office NOX in Rotterdam, from where he heads research into the relationship between architecture and new media. He is a full Professor and the Distinguished Ventulett Chair in Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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