Sylvia Lavin, Princeton and Mark Kingwell, Toronto

On November 7, 2018, Princeton School of Architecture Professor Sylvia Lavin joined University of Toronto Philosophy Professor Mark Kingwell for a discussion on themes raised in the exhibition Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths, which opened the same day at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Comprised of fragments — including drawings, models, and primary source documents gathered from building sites, libraries, and archives including the CCA’s own collection — the exhibition proposed a counter-reading of postmodern architecture and challenges the myth of the autonomous architect.

Lavin, the curator of Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths, is an internationally known critic, historian, and curator, whose work explores the limits of architecture across a wide spectrum of historical periods. Kingwell is a philosopher, critic, and award-winning writer whose research focuses on social and political theory as well as the philosophy of art, architecture, and design.

This event was a joint initiative with the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and was part of the Daniels Faculty’s Home and Away lecture series.

Architecture Itself and Other Postmodern Myths ran from November 7, 2018 to April 7, 2019 at the CCA in Montreal (1920, rue Baile, Montreal).

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