“Where is the critical voice in architecture today?” with K. Frampton, K. Easterling & C. Buckley

0:00 Introduction by Dean Richard Sommer and Mirko Zardini
11:42 Opening remarks by Moderator John Harwood
14:14 Craig Buckley presentation
26:25 Keller Easterling presentation
36:20 Kenneth Frampton presentation
44:51 Moderated discussion

On April 7, 2017, Kenneth Frampton, Keller Easterling
and Craig Buckley explored the question “Where is the critical voice in architecture today?” as part of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design public lecture series.

What is the role of the editor or critic in the context of a general fatigue associated with the mediatization of architecture, whether through the ease of its reproduction or exhaustive festivalization? Within this milieu, how can architecture reclaim its role in producing compelling imaginaries that become catalysts for debate?

Moderated by Associate Professor of Architecture at the Daniels Faculty John Harwood.

Professor Frampton also speak at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal on Thursday, April 6, 2017. These events were a joint initiative of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto.


Kenneth Frampton is Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP, where he has taught since 1972. He was trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London and has worked as an architect and as an architectural historian and critic. In addition to Columbia, Frampton has taught at a number of leading institutions including the Royal College of Art in London, the ETH in Zurich, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, EPFL in Lausanne and the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio.

Kenneth Frampton is the author of Modern Architecture and the Critical Present (1980), Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995), American Masterworks (1995), Le Corbusier (2001), Labour, Work & Architecture (2005), and most recently, L’Altro Movimento Moderno (2015) and A Genealogy of Modern Architecture: Comparative Critical Analysis of Built Form (2015). He is currently at work on an expanded fifth edition of Modern Architecture: A Critical History.

Keller Easterling is an architect, writer and professor at Yale. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), examines global infrastructure as a medium of polity. Another recent book, Subtraction (Sternberg, 2014), considers building removal or how to put the development machine into reverse. Other books include: Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) and Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999).

Craig Buckley completed his MA at the University of Western Ontario, attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York, and received his PhD from Princeton University in 2013. Before coming to Yale, he taught at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.

His research interests center on the history of modern architecture and the experiments of the historical avant-gardes, the publishing and media practices of architects, as well as the relationships between artistic and architectural movements through the course of the twentieth century. He is the editor of Dan Graham’s New Jersey, (Lars Müller Publishers, 2012), Utopie: Texts and Projects 1967-1978(Semiotext(e)/MIT Press, 2011), and Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X (ACTAR, 2010). His writing and criticism have appeared in journals such as October, Grey Room, Log, and Perspecta, among others. He is currently at work on a book project entitled The Architecture of Montage: Image, Assembly, and Print Culture in Postwar Europe which analyzes the legacy of montage and collage in the redefinition of techniques of assembly across a range of architectural practices in Europe from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Stage furnishings provided by Herman Miller

For more information about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, visit us at http://www.daniels.utoronto.ca

Note: We apologize for the poor audio quality during the moderated discussion caused by technical difficulties.


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