UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE
From Crisis to Crisis – Reading, writing and criticism in architecture
Date:
06-Apr-2017 - 08-Apr-2017
10:00 am - 4:40 pm
Venue:
Room 419, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

This first International symposium on reading, writing and criticism in architecture highlights and challenges reflections and responses to pressing questions ranging from situating architectural criticism today in a global neo-liberal market, passing through history as an indicator and marker of positions on contemporary criticism. It explores the art of criticism in China and its similarities and differences with the methods used in the west where the ideas of “being modern” have been challenged. It will finally discuss the relationship of pedagogy with the subjects. The debate will allow us to draw hypothetical conclusions as to where the education of architects may be leading; as well as exploring this recurring struggle of universities around the world to place architectural design in a “research” context.

This first International symposium on reading, writing and criticism in architecture highlights and challenges reflections and responses to pressing questions ranging from situating architectural criticism today in a global neo-liberal market, passing through history as an indicator and marker of positions on contemporary criticism. It explores the art of criticism in China and its similarities and differences with the methods used in the west where the ideas of “being modern” have been challenged. It will finally discuss the relationship of pedagogy with the subjects. The debate will allow us to draw hypothetical conclusions as to where the education of architects may be leading; as well as exploring this recurring struggle of universities around the world to place architectural design in a “research” context.

Speakers from

School of Art, Architecture and Design — University of South Australia; Manifest journal; Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; California College of Arts & Crafts; Sam Fox School — Washington University in St. Louis; Criticat journal; École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville; Time + Architecture journal; College of Architecture and Urban Planning — Tongji University; The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna; Memar Magazine; Iranian Architectural Center; University of Sharjah.

Schedule

Thursday, 6 April, 10:00-13:00
Criticism Today

10:00–10:20 Nasrine Seraji
Opening RemarksCecilia Chu
Introduction
10:20–11:00 Françoise Fromonot
Out of Control
11:00–11:40 Kamran Afshar Naderi
The Role of Architectural Criticism in Post-revolution Iran
11:40–12:20 Graham Brenton Mckay
The Blog as Online Research Laboratory
12:20–13:00 Discussion (moderated by Cecilia Chu)

 

Thursday, 6 April, 14:30-16:40
The Role of History in Contemporary Criticism

14:30–14:40 Cole Roskam
Introduction
14:40–15:20 Seng Kuan
Tradition Debate in Japan in the 1950s and Its Lingering Specter
15:20–16:00 Anthony Acciavatti
On the Decay of the Art of Discrimination
16:00–16:40 Discussion (moderated by Cole Roskam)

 

Friday, 7 April, 10:00-12:30
Criticism in China

10:00–10:20 Tao Zhu
Introduction
10:20–11:00 Chris Brisbin
Chinese Whispers: A Story of the Consumption of Assemblage Aesthetics and the Globalisation of Meaning in Contemporary China
11:00–11:40 Zhi Wenjun
Cultivating a Critical Culture: The Interplay of Time + Architecture and Critical Architecture in China
11:40–12:30 Discussion (moderated by Tao Zhu)

 

Friday, 7 April, 14:30-16:40
Reading, Writing and Architectural Pedagogy

14:30–14:40 Sony Devabhaktuni
Introduction
14:40–15:20 Jonathan Massey
Building the Discipline We Deserve
15:20–16:00 Angelika Schnell
Who Designs the Design?
16:00–16:40 Discussion (moderated by Sony Devabhaktuni)

 

Saturday, 8 April, 10:00-12:30
Debate

10:00–12:00 Discussion (moderated by Xiaoxuan Lu and Eunice Seng)
Anthony Acciavatti, Chris Brisbin, Cecilia Chu, Sony Devabhaktuni, Françoise Fromonot, Xiaoxuan Lu, Jonathan Massey, Graham Brenton Mckay, Kamran Afshar Naderi, Cole Roskam, Seng Kuan, Nasrine Seraji, Angelika Schnell, Tao Zhu, Zhi Wenjun
12:20–12:30 Nasrine Seraji
Closing Remarks

 

****No registration is required. All interested are welcome****

Enquiry: esthers@hku.hk

 

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