Organised by the PhD programme

Crosswise: 4 Conversations

Series: PhD Week
Date: Friday 1 June 2018
Time: 10:00
Venue: AA Barrel Vault
Running time: 376 mins

Introduction by Alvaro Velasco Perez

10.15 - 11.50
Dissolving Boundaries
Tatjana Crossley, Elena Palacios, Sofia Krimizi
The overarching theme of this panel is ‘boundaries’, looking at this through the lens of the psychological, the physical and the representational. Tatjana Crossley will be discussing the boundary of the body image, looking largely at the psychological aspect of body image formation and evolution (as it relates to the subjective and sensory experience of space and virtual space). Elena Palacios will be considering the space of the artist studio as an inhabited boundary that exists between and merges the space of the home and the public. And Sofia Krimizi will be examining the boundaries imposed by and generated through education in the context of the architecture school, specifically looking into the departure from the building as a boundary that separates the act of learning from the objects that architects are learning from.

11.50 - 13.20
Spaces of Hybridity
Kanyaphorn Kaewprasert, Kornkamon Kaewprasert, and Damnoen Techamai
This panel will discuss the ideas of hybridity in two phenomena. Damnoen Techamai will be using the term to explain wedding ceremonies in the current culture condition of Thailand through wedding gowns. The productions of objects and services seem to refer to traditions in Thailand but are basically an invented tradition. Secondly, the notion of hybridity will be discussed in traditional questions in social science of the relationship between things which are both natural and cultural. Kornkamon Kaewprasert will be discussing the idea of wood symbolising wood by giving the distinction of the object, tree , and the substance, wood , which is overlaid by the distinction of culture and nature. Kanyaphorn Kaewprasert will be examining the forest, a paradoxical object, by laying out its terms from natural to cultural understandings, in particular, a forest in its impermeable, pure, stage to the forest in fairytales.

13.20 - 14.30 Lunch

14.30 - 15.45
Imaginary Ideals
Andrea Goh and Naina Gupta
The panel will discuss two different examples of utopian ideas. Both discussions will show the complications where imaginary narratives affect the spatial conditions and architectural practices, effecting the very forms of life of its people. The first presentation discusses the policies on exhumations and burials in Singapore and reflects on the distinct spatial technologies the Singaporean state has utilised to tackle the issues of land scarcity while at the same time, trying to create a sense of rootedness in its citizens. The second presentation, focusing on the international zone in The Hague, argues that the deliberate projection of neutrality - understood by its ease of integration in to the everyday, its pure functional rhetoric and lack of any overt representation of power – is the inevitable architectural language of international organisations, is rooted in modernism and is closely aligned with its inherent paradoxical political stance.

15.50 - 18.00
The Politics of Planning: Conditions, Contradictions, Critiques
Ricardo Ruivo, Will Orr, Eleni Axioti, Samaneh Moafi
The panel will discuss contemporary questions surrounding the social and political character of architectural and urban planning. In particular, attention will be paid to the historical connection between planning, social democracy, and the welfare state, which today takes on a particular significance. The panel will address contemporary critical perceptions of historical instances of planning, with focus on the limitations of those critiques. The speakers will suggest different approaches to the notion of planning – a notion which tends to condense a number of ambiguous institutional and political associations within architectural discourse.

Constance Lau, Jon Goodbun, Maria S. Giudici, Teresa Stoppani, Mark Campbell (tbc), Mark
Cousins, Mark Morris (tbc), Melissa Moore

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