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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.

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