The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2016-2017 Roger Cardinal Building Without a Blueprint: Outsider Environments and ‘Making Special’

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

The results of that untutored, self-reliant form of artmaking known as ‘Outsider Art’ have been widely collected and admired in recent years. No less intriguing is its cousin, Outsider Architecture (the production of art environments), which is concerned with the solo efforts of individuals keen to enhance their living-space and thus to ‘make special’. Their choice of outlandish materials and their challenging messages can provoke wonderment and awe, and open onto the discussion of moral and political issues.

Roger Cardinal is an international authority on Outsider Art and Outsider Architecture and has written widely on the unlikely work of dedicated individuals ignorant of academic ideals.

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The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2016-2017 Neville Brody The Alternative Facts of Design

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

In a world of make-believe, what can we keep faith in? Does controlling context control receipt? Our mission is to disrupt – not as brands intend, purely as a way to attract attention through random narratives, but to constantly undermine the coded pattern-making hypnosis of our communication world. Communication should be a process of dialogue, not monologue, and our goal should be that of revealing through un-fixed states. True interactivity gives either party license to transform the other, not simply a process of selecting from pre-assigned choices while promising real change.

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The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2016-2017 :: Charlotte Skene Catling :: GEOARCHEOLOGY: Geology { Architecture } Archeology

  • Thursday 2nd March 2017, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

Charlotte Skene Catling will talk about her approach to excavating meaning from context as a means of developing architecture. Where geology is focused on the study of the earth and the rocks from which it is formed, archeology concentrates on the ‘biofacts’, artifacts, architectures and cultural landscapes within a given place. Using a combined ‘geological’ and ‘archeological’ approach, her practice has developed an unusual method of making architecture that enters into adjacent disciplines. Her talk will be illustrated by five projects: three buildings, one opera and an art installation for the 57th Venice Art Biennale to open in May 2017.

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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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