AURELI, Pier Vittorio

AA PhD Open Seminar Series 5/6

Series: AA PhD Open Seminar Series
Date: Tuesday 13 November 2012
Time: 13:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 112 mins

A series of six lunchtime seminars delivered by Pier Vittorio Aureli hosted by the AA PhD Programme. Open to all.


Ethos is a Greek word that can be roughly translated as 'character'. Ethos addresses the ethical principles and guiding beliefs of a given society. It is possible to argue that every architectural theory – implicitly or explicitly – addresses the ethos of the historical time in which it is written in the form of architectural principles. Even if, traditionally, architectural theory mainly addresses practical issues – such as problems of construction, design, and ornament – it nevertheless casts a light on the peculiar subjectivity of the period in which is formulated. 


This seminar argues that although theories of architecture address how to design and build as well as govern a city, all theories of architecture can be considered political theories, since their precepts address the way space is materially organised and constructed. Treatises and texts on architecture from Vitruvius to Alberti, Vignola to Perrault, and Durand to Venturi will be introduced throughout the course. The seminar aims to investigate how the considered texts can be used as projects for the city.


The seminars will take place at 1.00 on the following dates:


Tuesday 9 October: Vitruvius’s On Architecture 


Tuesday 16 October: Leon Battista Alberti’s De re aedificatoria


Tuesday 23 October: Sebastiano Serlio’s Seven books on Architecture, Jacopo Vignola’s Canon of the Five Orders of Architecture, Andrea Palladio’s Four books on Architecture 


Tuesday 6 November: Claude Perrault’s Ordinance for the Five Kinds of Columns after the Method of the Ancients, Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand’s Précis of the Lectures on Architecture


Tuesday 13 November: Le Corbusier’s Towards an Architecture, Ludwig Hilberseimer’s Metropolisarchitecture


Tuesday 27th November: Robert Venturi’s Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, Aldo Rossi’s Architecture of the City


Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator. His research and projects focuses on the relationship between architectural form, political theory and urban history. Aureli teaches at the Architectural Association in London, and he is Davenport Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture at Yale University. He is the author of many essays and of The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (2011), The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture Within and Against Architecture (2008). Aureli is co-founder of Dogma, an architectural studio based in Brussels that focuses on the project of the city.     



All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.


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