The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2016-2017 :: Sylvia Lavin The Duck and the Document: True Stories of Postmodern Procedures

  • Monday 20th February 2017, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

Typically associated with drawing and the circulation of media images, postmodern architecture is generally understood to have been largely a matter of style and surface ornament, freed from the exigencies of political and technical systems by the force of architectural autonomy. Close attention to the conditions of production within which architects like Peter Eisenman, Charles Moore, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown and others worked, challenges this view by embedding the expected imagery of postmodernity within materials that demonstrate the dense tangle of regulations, production specifications and technologies that constrained architectural design rather than liberated it. While these True Stories of Postmodern Procedures describe a less heroic and autonomous architect, they also produce a more persuasive account of architectural ingenuity as it sought to survive the bureaucratization not merely of the architectural profession but of the very idea of architecture.

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Stockwell Street listed as a Biophilic “most nature-inspired space”

The biophilia hypothesis, popularised by Edward O. Wilson in his 1984 book ‘Biophilia’ affirms the idea that there is an inherent bond between mankind and nature and that including nature in our cities is important for the health and wellbeing of people.

The green roofs at Stockwell Street are considered as one of London’s ‘outstanding examples of nature inspired design’ and are included as a key biophilic space in he ‘Biophilic Guide of London’.

The Biophilic Guide lists 22 spaces in London

http://www.interface.com/EU/en-GB/about/index/Biophilic-Guide-en_GB

 

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The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2016-2017 :: Simon Herron + Susanne Isa :: Cabinets of Wonder in the Age of Abundance

  • Thursday 16th February 2017, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

 

 

‘What it is, with all the kinds, causes, symptoms, prognostics, and several cures of it. In three partitions; with their several sections, members, subsections, philosophically, medicinally, historically, opened and cut up…’ – Robert Burton, ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’

This lecture explores the Post Truth world where everything that was once stable appears suddenly uncertain. A powerful interplay between the forces of nature and technology against those of culture and economics. Facts and Alt facts grotesquely distort picturesque futures. The New Wunderkammer – an encyclopedic inventory of complex interconnected taxonomies.

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The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2016-2017 :: Nigel Coates :: Tales of the City

  • Thursday 9th February 2017, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

Forget the boulevard and the block: inherent confusion is what makes cities so vital. Against a background of mutating functions and accidental superimpositions, Coates has consistently drawn inspiration from the entire breadth of the urban environment. In our role as architects and designers, how can we channel this turbulent mix? In his own form of architectural storytelling citing installations exhibited in various galleries over three decades, Coates will explore his recurring theme of the fictional urban model. From Ecstacity to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, these mix photography, found objects, 3D printed buildings plus occasional film and furniture of his own design.

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The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2016-2017 :: Patrik Schumacher :: Avant-garde and Mainstream between Art, Theory and Politics

  • Thursday 26th January 2017, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

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The distinction between avant-garde and mainstream is constitutive of architecture’s evolution. Only by differentiating the avant-garde as a specific subsystem can contemporary architecture actively participate in the evolution of society. The distinction between avant-garde and mainstream is non-evaluative. Both sides of the distinction are necessary. The architectural avant-garde functions as the R&D segment of our discipline. The destiny and redemption of avant-garde production is mainstream proliferation. Avant-garde becomes mainstream.

Patrik Schumacher is a practicing architect, educator and architectural theorist. He is the principal of the Zaha Hadid Architects, where he has completed projects such as the Vitra Fire Station (1992) and the Stirling Award winning MAXXI centre of Contemporary Art in Rome (2010).

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The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2016-2017 :: Christophe Girot & Charles Jencks discuss The Course of Landscape / Moderated by Tim Richardson

Christophe Girot & Charles Jencks discuss The Course of Landscape – Moderated by Tim Richardson

[The Course of Landscape – Thames & Hudson Book Launch]
  • Thursday 24th November 2016, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

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Christophe Girot is director of Atelier Girot. Since 2001, he also is Chair and Professor of Landscape Architecture at the ETH Zurich. Through the projects of his design office, and his role in the ETH, he is a recognized expert in state of the art technologies for field applications in large scale landscape designs. Prizewinner of many competitions and prizes of excellence, he completed the Master Plan for the Central Campus in Zurich, the Parco di Castello in Florence and is currently designing a large topographic project for the Swiss tunnel engineering firm AlpTransit in Ticino.

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