The architectural theorist Ray Lucas has suggested that inscriptive practices such as drawing can be understood as “a form of knowledge production […providing] significantly different insights, not easily accessible through textual models of discourse analysis, critical theory, or observation.” This lecture will present a discussion between the works of two architects who employ drawing and mapping as a key form of knowledge production in their practices. Theo Deutinger, through his publications such as Handbook of Tyranny, Ultimate Atlas, and his earlier drawings featured in Mark Magazine; and Deane Simpson, through publications such as Young-Old, Atlas of the Copenhagens, and The City Between Freedom and Security. The architects will reflect on drawing as a practice to explore and decode the instrumentality of the emerging territories, spaces and objects of our times, and their political, economic, and social implications.
Deane Simpson is Professor of Architecture, Urbanism and Urban Planning at the Royal Danish Academy, where he leads the master’s program of Urbanism and Societal Change. Educated at Columbia University and ETH Zürich, he previously practiced with Diller + Scofidio and taught at the AA London, BAS and ETH. His research addresses contemporary urban and architectural conditions in textual and drawn media, exploring themes such as the spatial transformations of Nordic welfare systems, the urban implications of large-scale demographic transformation, sustainability of regimes within urban and regional settings, and problems related to the securitization of public space. He is the author of Young-Old: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society (Lars Müller, 2015) and the co-editor of The City between Freedom and Security (Birkhäuser, 2017); Forming Welfare (Danish Architecture Press, 2017); and Atlas of the Copenhagens (Ruby Press, 2018).
Theo Deutinger is an architect, writer, and designer of socio-cultural studies. He is the founder and head of TD, an office that combines architecture with research, visualization, and conceptual thinking in all scale levels from global planning, urban master plans, architecture to graphical and journalistic works.
His publication Handbook of Tyranny (2018) has won numerous awards, including the FILAF Architecture Book Award 2018. Deutinger’s work was part of the international presentations at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2017), Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York (2019), and the Swiss Architecture Museum (2020).
Theo Deutinger kept teaching engagements with institutions such as Strelka (Moscow, Russia) and Harvard (Cambridge, USA). Currently he is teaching at the TU Wien (Austria), the Uni Kassel (Germany), and the Design Academy in Eindhoven (Netherlands).