Author Archives: AAPC

AAPC Guest Seminar: Chris Lee

Dr Christopher Lee (Harvard, GSD), former director of Projective Cities, will be giving a guest seminar:

The Dominant Types in the Developmental City (Singapore)

Soutram Park, Singapore  1960

Date1/5/2013, Time: 17:00, Venue: 33 Groundfloor Back

As an alternative to the construction of the idea of the city based on the polis, the seminar discusses the rise of the idea of the city as a ‘Developmental City State’. A state, according to Manuel Castells, can be defined as developmental when it ‘…establishes as its principle of legitimacy its ability to promote and sustain development.’ The city in this instance is used as a pure developmental apparatus to manifest the state’s political project.

AAPC Guest Seminar: Jasper Cepl

Dr Jasper Cepl (TU Berlin) will be giving a guest seminar:

Oswald Mathias Ungers: Urban Theories and the Concept of Morphology

Ungers Cities within the city

The City in the City – Berlin: A Green Archipelago, by OM Ungers and R Koolhaas, P Riemann, H Kollhoff and A Ovaska (1977)

Date: 15/3/2013, Time: 14:00, Venue: 33 Groundfloor Back

Oswald Mathias Ungers (1926–2007) was one of the most influential architects of his generation. Especially the project for Berlin as a “green archipelago”, conceived with Rem Koolhaas in 1977, is considered one of the most inspiring visions of urbanity in the 20th century. It was the outcome of many years of research into new strategies of urban design, able to replace modernist doctrines with an image of the city that would acknowledge its complexity — comprising, among other things, both islands of conceivable architectural structure and formless areas of infrastructure. The seminar will discuss the development of Ungers’ urban theories, highlighting the influence of his earlier interests both in the morphology of architecture and in regional planning.

Jasper Cepl teaches architectural theory at the Technische Universität Berlin. He is the author of Oswald Mathias Ungers. Eine intellektuelle Biographie (2007). His research interests include: the influence of art history on modern architecture, images of the body in architecture, early modernism in Germany, and the discourse on “Stadtbaukunst”. He has published widely on the history and theory of architecture, including an edited monograph on the German architect Hans Kollhoff (2004) and an anthology of architectural theory, Quellentexte zur Architekturtheorie (with Fritz Neumeyer) in 2002.

AAPC Public Lecture: Harry Mallgrave

Projective Cities is hosting a lecture by Prof Harry Mallgrave (IIT):

Semper, Animism, and Embodied Simulation

Acropolis Athens Greece

Date: 7/2/2013, Time: 13:00, Venue: Lecture Hall

Gottfried Semper is today seen as one of the principal theorists and architects of the 19th century, and there are multiple dimensions in which his ideas can be pursued.  This talk will consider his remarks on reading of architectural form in animistic terms, the context in which his discussion took place, his influence on later theories of empathy (Einfühlung), and the resurgence of interest in the mechanisms of empathy in contemporary biology and neuroscience.  Our new understanding of emotion and embodied simulation (based on the discovery of mirror neurons) may have profound implications for contemporary design.

Harry Francis Mallgrave has enjoyed a distinguished career as an award-winning scholar, translator, and editor, and is presently a professor of architectural history and theory at Illinois Institute of Technology.  He has authored more than a dozen books, including Empathy, Form & Space (1994),  Gottfried Semper: Architect of the Nineteenth Century (1996),  and The Architect’s Brain (2011).  His latest study, Architecture and Embodiment: The Implications of the New Sciences and Humanities for Design, is scheduled to appear with Routledge in March 2013.

Programme Trip to the Roots of Modernism

The programme went in December 2012 to Vienna, Brno, Prague, Dresden, and Berlin to see architecture by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Gottfried Semper, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Peter Behrens, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, and Hans Scharoun, but also by Aldo Rossi, Oswald Mathias Ungers, Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, Peter Eisenman, Norman Foster and others. For details of the trip, see schedule.

Villa Tugendhat PC2012

Villa Tugendhat by Mies van der Rohe in Brno

AAPC Public Lecture: Pavlos Philippou

Projective Cities is hosting a seminar and lecture by Dr Pavlos Philippou:

Cultural Buildings’ Genealogy of Originality: The Individual, the Unique and the Singular

Guggenheim, Neue Staatsgallerie, MASP, Southbank Centre

Date: 23/11/2012, Time: 13:00, Venue: Lecture Hall

In recent years cultural buildings have proliferated widely as keystones within strategies of urban development and regeneration. From both an historical and performative dimension, there is a consistent attempt to problematise these buildings as unique, distinctive and novel. Through a series of case studies, this lecture proposes to investigate the continuities but also the dynamism and differentiation that architecture brings to the urban field.

Pavlos Philippou is an architect involved in practice, teaching and research. He has taught at the AA, while his work has been published and exhibited internationally. Apart from his PhD, Pavlos has completed both his Diploma and MA (Housing & Urbanism, Distinction) at the AA.

AAPC Public Lecture: Alexander d’Hooghe and Luk Peeters

The Projective Cities programme is hosting a lecture by Alexander d’Hooghe and Luk Peeters.

Suburban Formology: Forms to Organise Infrastructural Logistics

Alexander-dHooghe and Luk Peeters Suburban Formology

Date: 28/2/2012, Time: 18:00:00, Venue: Lecture Hall

The lecture will focus on the re-activation of late-modernist templates about architectural interventions on infrastructure. Since the Second World War many of these templates have been ambitious statements on behalf of society, which nevertheless were either forgotten or ridiculed. Today, however, the field possesses the means and insights to upgrade and realise some of these concepts, such as the open platform-building, the megastructure, the monumental grouping. The practice seeks to learn from failed attempts historically, but nevertheless, in cannibalising history, aims to insert a sense of continuity into the modernist project.

D’Hooghe and Peeters are partners in the Organization for Permanent Modernity, an architectural and urban design firm comprised of an academic group at MIT in Boston and a professional practice stationed in both Boston and Brussels. The formalisation and objectification of infrastructural elements is central in their current work. Projects include a masterplan for the slaughterhouse district in Brussels (including a 25,000-square-metre market building); a series of public facilities and town centres around Brussels; a plan for the protection and expansion of the coastline between France and The Netherlands (2009); and a competition-winning entry for a large landfill in South Korea (2008).

Programme Trip to Morocco

The programme went in December 2011 to Morocco (Fez, Marrakesh, and into the dessert) to see the old medinas, kashbahs and medersas that are typical of Islamic architecture and became an inspiration to modernism.

Morocco PC2011

See trip schedule for information.

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

View video of launch event.

AD Typological Urbanism Projective Cities

Read introduction by clicking image.