STALDER, Laurent

Charting the Environment. James Stirlings Arrows

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Monday 1 February 2016
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 64 mins

As stated by the philosopher Georges Canguilhelm, the concept of environment would become in the 1950s a basic category of contemporary though. In the architectural debates it would find its counterpart in notions like habitat (CIAM), cluster (Alison & Peter Smithson) or environment (Reyner Banham) through which the relation of man with his natural, social or artificial milieu was to be studied. It provoked a shift from an interest for the architectural form (modernism), to that of the environment and the different media flowing, circulating or running through or around the building (post-modernism). But how did theses debates transform architectural design? How did this new interest inform the architectural practice? And how was it to be represented? The talk proposes to address these issues through the work of the british architect James Stirling.

Laurent Stalder is professor for the theory of architecture at the Swiss Institute of Technology. The main focus of his research and publications is the history and theory of architecture from the 19th to the 21st centuries where it intersects with the history of technology. His most recent publications include Hermann Muthesius: Das Landhaus als kulturgeschichtlicher Entwurf (2008), Valerio Olgiati (2008), Der Schwellenatlas (2009), and God & Co. François Dallegret: Beyond the Bubble (2011), Atelier Bow Wow. A Primer (2013), Fritz Haller: Architekt und Forscher (2015). His articles have been published in various journals, including AA Files, Arch+, Greyroom, the Journal of Architecture, Werk, Bauen & Wohnen and the Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte. He is currently preparing a monograph „Charting the Environment“ on British Architecture 1930-1970.

Image caption: Nordheim-Westfalen Museum, Düsseldorf, James Stirling, 1975.

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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.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

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