Klaske Havik (TUDelft) and Bruno Notteboom (KULeuven) present OASE #98 Narrating Urban Landscapes. The issue presents a new angle on the work of (landscape) architects and urban planners of the 1960s and 1970s (Edmund Bacon, Kevin Lynch and Jacques Simon) and of practitioners and academics in the field today (Elena Cogato, Christophe Girot, Anke Schmidt, Bas Smets), and sheds light on recent experiments in academia (ETH Zürich, University of Greenwich, TUDelft, KULeuven). OASE #98 presents narration as a means with which to reposition design and the designer as a mediator between the expert and the inhabitant, addressing issues such as bodily experience, sociospatial fragmentation and participation.
Klaske Havik is associate professor of Methods & Analysis at Delft University of Technology and visiting professor of Architectural Design in Tampere, Finland. Her research focuses on the productive connection between architecture and literature. Her book Urban Literacy. Reading and Writing Architecture (NAi010, 2014) proposed a literary approach to the experience, use and imagination of place. She co-edited the anthology Architectural Positions: Architecture, Modernity and the Public Sphere (SUN 2009) and Writingplace: Investigations in Architecture (NAi010, 2016). Havik’s literary work appeared in Dutch poetry collections and literary magazines.
Bruno Notteboom is an engineer-architect, urban planner, and doctor in urban and regional planning (Ghent University, 2009). After working in practice for several years, he was an assistant professor at Ghent University and the University of Antwerp, and a visiting scholar UC Berkeley before joining the Department of Architecture at KULeuven as associate professor in Urban and Rural Landscapes in 2017. Notteboom’s current research focuses on landscape design in a context of urbanization and shifting disciplinary alignments, from a historical and a contemporary perspective. He is an editor of OASE. Journal for Architecture and Journal of Landscape Architecture.
‘Assemblies: Drawn Cosmologies’ will tease out representational and spatial capacities of the architectural drawing. Saddling up Wallace Stevens’ seminal poem ’13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’ the talk will expose hunches, wild assertions and project images as partial evidence. Equally, behind-the-scenes techniques to build a discipline for design will be foregrounded—these deployed in search of cultural gravity through design that crawls up the sleeves of the discipline, challenging what’s expected, normalized and frequently flattened. These techniques include: conjuring pithy terms; language folds; exercising fast twitch design muscles; analogic thinking; and making work that navigates varied ideas—all mobilized toward prompting the cultural imagination.
Perry Kulper is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. In a prior life he was a SCI-Arc faculty member for 17 years and held visiting teaching positions at Penn and ASU. After graduate studies at Columbia University he worked in the offices of Eisenman/Robertson, Robert A.M. Stern and Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown before moving to Los Angeles. His primary interests include: the generative potential of architectural drawing; the different spatial opportunities offered by using diverse design methods in design practices; and in broadening the conceptual range by which architecture contributes to our cultural imagination. In 2013 he published Pamphlet Architecture 34, ‘Fathoming the Unfathomable: Archival Ghosts and Paradoxical Shadows’ with friend and collaborator Nat Chard. Recently he has ventured into the digital world, attempting to get a handle on ‘cut + paste’ operations in Photoshop. Fantastic beasts have also been on his mind.
Greenwich is the site of locations symbolically key to both the genesis of landscape as scenic space and the common(s) landscapes of polity and place enclosed and appropriated by scenic landscape. One location is the Royal Observatory, home to the phantom “presence” of the prime meridian – key to the mapping of the “global” space ruled by the neighbouring Royal Navy. Another is the Queen’s House, designed by Inigo Jones for Queen Anne of Denmark, where she and her court might have had a mean time performing masques within Jones’ designed landscape scenery if Anne had lived to see its completion.
Kenneth R. Olwig is professor emeritus at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp. His focus has been on the history of landscape in theory and practice, and the relationship between landscape and differing ideas of law, justice and democracy. He is the author of ‘Landscape, Nature and the Body Politic’ and is currently preparing a collection of his journal articles to be published by Routledge under the provisional title ‘The Meanings of Landscape: Essays on Place, Space, Environment and Justice’. He was born on Staten Island, New York City, and has taught at universities in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, where he resides.
We are currently at a moment of profound technological change and while there is a great deal of hype surrounding the Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno technologies, the revolutionary significance of these developments on our cities is either not fully grasped, or seen in the context of dystopian scenarios of totalitarian enslavement and runaway grey goo. In this lecture Professor Nic Clear will try and outline how our fears of technology are tied to a variety of nostalgic concepts of the city and an ideology of technophobia, he will contrast this more positivist readings of technology some of which are taken from the discourse of speculative fiction. Professor Clear will then describe a series of urban projects that speculate on the implementation of the NBIC technologies in a post-singularity, post scarcity world that questions the laissez-faire attitudes that underpin much of contemporary society.
Professor Nic Clear is an architect, writer and curator, he is Professor of Architecture and Head of the Department of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Greenwich, where he is also Co-Director of the AVATAR research Group. In 2015 Nic was the Inaugural Professor for Research in Visionary Cities at the Institute of Fine Arts in Vienna. Nic has written extensively on science fiction and architecture and produced a number of speculative projects that propose architecture ‘as’ science fiction. Nic has designed and curated a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions and his own work has been exhibited internationally.
Alison Brooks, founder of the multi-award winning London-based practice Alison Brooks Architects will discuss her practice philosophy, techniques and the ideal of ‘civicness’ using current and recently completed projects: The Cohen Quadrangle at Oxford University; a high rise urban block in Kings Cross, London, The Smile Pavilion and housing scheme Ely Court, shortlisted for the 2017 Mies Award for contemporary European architecture.
Alison Brooks, Principal and Creative Director of Alison Brooks Architects, is recognised as one of the leading architects of her generation. She has developed an international reputation for design innovation, as well as a voice advocating for the social project of architecture and the role of women in the profession. Since establishing Alison Brooks Architects in 1996, she has attracted acclaim for her work in urban design, housing, buildings for the arts and higher education. Named by Debrett’s as one of ‘Britain’s 500 Most Influential’, Alison Brooks is the only British architect to have won all three of the UK’s most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stirling Prize, Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize. Most recently, in 2017, Alison was award the AJ100 Contribution to the Profession Award.
The high-speed, fast-talking videos of Ryan Trecartin (b.1981) have captured artworld attention since around 2006, when he exhibited in the Whitney Biennial. Critical writing about the work celebrates the inventiveness with which Trecartin visualizes the impact of the internet and social media on characters’ appearance and behavior, but little attempt has been made to link Trecartin to any longer history, or to examine the questions his work raises about our contemporary lives. In tonight’s lecture, Dr Tamara Trodd will examine in what ways Trecartin puts the question of ‘life’ today at stake; in particular, focusing on the significance of humour and ‘high spirits’ in contemporary art.
Dr Tamara Trodd is Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Edinburgh. Her recent book, The Art of Mechanical Reproduction: Technology and Aesthetics from Duchamp to the Digital (University of Chicago Press 2015), examines the history of the idea of a ‘medium’ in artistic practice from the 1920s to the present day. Tonight’s talk forms part of her current project, on ‘Forms of Life in Modern and Contemporary Art’.
Nicholas Hawksmoor (1662–1736) is considered one of Britain’s greatest architects. He was involved in the grandest architectural projects of his age and today is best known for his London churches – six idiosyncratic edifices of white Portland stone that remain standing today, proud and tall in the otherwise radically changed cityscape. Until comparatively recently, however, Hawksmoor was thought to be, at best, a second-rate talent: merely Sir Christopher Wren’s slightly odd apprentice, or the practically minded assistant to Sir John Vanbrugh. In this lecture, Owen Hopkins brings to life the dramatic story of Hawksmoor’s resurrection from the margins of history, charting how his architecture came to inspire observers as diverse as T. S. Eliot, James Stirling, Robert Venturi and Peter Ackroyd, and continues to catch the eye of architects today.
Owen Hopkins is a writer, historian and curator of architecture. He is Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education at Sir John Soane’s Museum. Prior to that he was Architecture Programme Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts. A frequent contributor to the architectural press, Hopkins is author of five books, including From the Shadows: The Architecture and Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor (2015). His most recent book is Lost Futures: The Disappearing Architecture of Post-War Britain (2017).
This lecture will trace Brendan Neiland’s journey in painting from the early days in the Seminary, to Birmingham and its art school, onto the Royal College. He will discuss the influence of the architecture of major cities in relation to the development of his work.
Brendan Neiland is a painter. He is represented by the Redfern Gallery, London, and his work is in collections of major museums and galleries worldwide, including in the Victoria and Albert museum London, the Tate Gallery London, and the Collections of the British Council and the Arts Council of Great Britain.
Image:‘Escalier’ (Acrylic on canvas, 6ft x 4ft), 2017.
Professor Nic Clear and Hyun Jun Park have been awarded first prize in ‘The Minister of Science and ICT(Information and Communication Technology) Award’ at the 59 Seconds SF Film Competition 2017. Darren Chong from Unit 15 was awarded 3rd prize, ‘Vice-chancellor of Seoul Institute of the Arts Award’.
This competition is part of SF festival 2017 in Seoul, Korea. It is run by National Gwacheon Science Museum and Seoul Institute of the Arts, and supported by Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity. The awards ceremony will be at Central Hall of National Gwacheon Science Museum at 11am on 4th of November.
The Chthonopolis (Clear / Park) : First prize the 59 Seconds SF Film Competition 2017
Cybernetic Sheep (Chong) : 3rd prize, ‘Vice-chancellor of Seoul Institute of the Arts Award’.