AD Typological Urbanism: Projective Cities

Guest-edited by Christopher Lee and Sam Jacoby

For the launch of the Architectural Design AD magazine Typological Urbanism: Projective Cities, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Marina Lathouri, and David Grahame Shane will present their contributions followed by a table discussion with the editors Christopher Lee and Sam Jacoby.

The magazine asks: How can architecture today be simultaneously relevant to its urban context and at the very forefront of design? For a decade or so, iconic architecture has been fuelled by the market economy and an insatiable appetite for the novel and different. The relentless speed and scale of urbanisation, with its ruptured, decentralised, and fast-changing context, however, demands a rethink of the role of the designer and the function of architecture.

This title of AD therefore confronts and questions the inability of the profession and academia to confidently and comprehensively describe, conceptualise, theorise, and ultimately project new ideas of architecture for the city. In so doing, it provides a potent alternative for projective cities: Typological Urbanism. This pursues and develops the strategies of typological reasoning in order to re-engage architecture with the city in both a critical and speculative manner. Architecture and urbanism are no longer seen as separate domains, or subservient to each other, but as synthesising disciplines and processes that allow integrating and controlling effect on both the city and its built environment.

The magazine includes contributions from architects and thinkers: Peter Carl, Michael Hensel, Marina Lathouri, Martino Tattara and Pier Vittorio Aureli. Featured architects include: Ben van Berkel & Caroline Bos of UNStudio, DOGMA, Toyo Ito & Associates, l’AUC, OMA, SANAA and Serie Architects.

Date: 23.02.2010
Time: 18:00
Launch Venue: Architectural Association, Lecture Hall

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