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From Crisis to Crisis: Reading, Writing and Criticism in Architecture│6-8 Apr 2017│KB419
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Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Architecture & Engineering

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From Crisis to Crisis
Reading, writing and criticism in architecture

Date: 6 – 8 April 2017
Venue: Rm 419, 4/F Knowles Building, The University of 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.

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.


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

10:00–10:20 Nasrine Seraji: Opening Remarks and Cecilia 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

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****

Session 1Session 1
06/04/2017 10:00-13:00
at KB419, 4/F Knowles Building, HKU
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Criticism Today
Session 2Session 2
06/04/2017 14:30-16:40
at KB419, 4/F Knowles Building, HKU
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The Role of History in Contemporary Criticism
Session 3Session 3
07/04/2017 10:00-12:30
at KB419, 4/F Knowles Building, HKU
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Criticism in China
Session 4Session 4
07/04/2017 14:30-16:40
at KB419, 4/F Knowles Building, HKU
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Reading, Writing and Architectural Pedagogy
Session 5Session 5
08/04/2017 10:00-12:30
at KB419, 4/F Knowles Building, HKU
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