VIDLER, Anthony

Re-writing the History of the Recent Present: Parametrics before Parametrics 3/3

Series: AA PhD Open Seminar Series
Date: Thursday 29 November 2012
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 63 mins

Re-writing the History of the Recent Present: The New Brutalism to the New Parametricism

Dozens of contemporary historians and PhD students have re-researched the interpretations of the post-World War II years  – from Pevsner, to Banham, to Jencks, to Frampton – and they have explicitly or implicitly revised these earlier interpretations. How do we write a new history of the recent present?"

This series of three open lunchtime lectures is delivered by Anthony Vidler and hosted by the AA PhD Programme.

Seminar Three: Parametrics before Parametrics

At 3pm a seminar for PhD students only will follow
Cities of Tomorrow: Technological Form from Xenakis to Schöffer
Readings: Anthony Vidler, “Cities of Tomorrow: Technology, Ecology and Architecture,” Artforum (September 2012)

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The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

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