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Architecture, the Critical Project, and the Practice of Negativity

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Architecture, the Critical Project, and the Practice of Negativity: the Critique of Architecture in the Cultural Logic of Contemporary Society

8.00am for 8.30am to 7.30pm, Monday 30 March 2015
Inspire Centre (Building 25), Pantowora St, University of Canberra

The Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra is pleased to announce an interdisciplinary symposium with a panel discussion on the theme of "Architecture, the Critical Project, and the Practice of Negativity" on 30 March 2015, in Canberra.

On the occasion of the publications of The Missed Encounter of Radical Philosophy with Architecture (Bloomsbury, 2014) and Architecture Against the Post-Political: Reclaiming the Critical Project (Routledge, 2014), both edited by Nadir Lahiji.

For three decades critical philosophy has been in discourse with architecture. Yet following the recent radical turn in contemporary philosophy, architecture's role in contemporary culture is rarely addressed. In turn, the architecture discourse in academia has remained ignorant of recent developments in radical philosophy. On the other hand, contemporary radical thinkers have in various ways reflected on the dominant trends in the political discourse of our time and have declared "the end of politics," otherwise named the "post-political" condition. The post-political has effectively desubjectivized the contemporary subject by subordinating it to the depoliticized neoliberal apparatus of power. The last decade of twentieth century saw a turn in the discipline of architecture away from critical discourse that was the hallmark of the 1960s and early 1970s. Thanks to the so-called "discontent with criticality," the project of radical critique was abandoned and consequently the political, as a subject of study and matter for concern, was eclipsed in the practice of theory in architecture. By the 1990s radical critique in architecture was regarded with utter suspicion. Yet, the function of architecture within contemporary cultural logic of high Capitalism needs to be scrutinized urgently and be submitted to radical critique.

Speakers

  • Keynote Speaker: Joan Ockman, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Closing Remarks: Peggy Deamer, Yale University, USA
  • Alexandra Brown, Griffith University
  • Andrew Leach, Griffith University
  • David Macarthur, University of Sydney
  • Gevork Hartoonian , University of Canberra
  • Joel McKim, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
  • Libero Andreotti, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Rex Butler, University of Queensland
  • Simone Brott, Queensland University of Technology
  • Xavier Costa, Northeastern University, Boston, USA


Chair: Nadir Lahiji, nadir.lahiji@canberra.edu.au
Coordinator: Patrick Stein, patrick.stein@canberra.edu.au

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The symposium is strictly limited to 80 seats. Registrations close Sunday 22 March.
Early Bird pricing ends Friday 20 February.

Ticket Type Early Bird Full
Student* $80 $90
Australian Institute of Architects
Graduate Member*
$90 $120
General (Academic/Professional) $150 $180

Prices include GST.

*Additional registration details

University of Canberra Students
University of Canberra student number is required to complete registration

External Students
For students not from the University of Canberra to complete registration email a scanned copy of your student id to FADadmin@canberra.edu.au with the subject 'symposium student registration'.

Australian Institute of Architects Graduate Member
Australian Institute of Architects current membership number is required to complete registration

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Cancellation and refund policy

To cancel registration email FADadmin@canberra.edu.au with the subject 'symposium cancellation'.

Full refunds will be made for cancellations before Sunday 22 March, after this 50% refunds will be made for cancellations before Sunday 29 March. No refunds will be made for cancellations after Sunday 29 March.

8.00am for 8.30am to 7.30pm, Monday 30 March 2015
Inspire Centre (Building 25), Pantowora St, University of Canberra
08:30 -
09:00
Welcome
Andrew MacKenzie, University of Canberra

Opening Remarks
Nadir Lahiji, University of Canberra
09:00 -
10:30
Simone Brott, Queensland University of Technology
Reflections from Damaged Modernity

David Macarthur, University of Sydney
Skepticism of Critique, Skepticism as Critique

Alexandra Brown, Griffith University
Made in Italy: Politics and Radical Philosophy at the Triennali di Milano
10:30 -
11:00
Break
11:00 -
12:00
Libero Andreotti, Georgia Institute of Technology
Figuring Difference: Re-actualizing Benjamin's Aesthetization Thesis

Rex Butler, University of Queensland
Architecture in the time of 'Whatever'
12:00 -
01:00
Lunch Break
01:00 -
03:00
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Joan Ockman, University of Pennsylvania

Andrew Leach, Griffith University
Again with the Architecture of Crisis

Joel McKim, Birkbeck College, University of London
Radical Infrastructures and Critical Ecologies: Rethinking Architecture in the Age of the Anthropocene
03:00 -
03:30
Break
03:30 -
05:30
Xavier Costa, Northeastern University, Boston
On 'Terrain Vague'

Gevork Hartoonian, University of Canberra
Brutalism: Crisis Postponed

CLOSING REMARKS
Peggy Deamer, Yale University
05:30 -
07:30
PANEL DISCUSSION
8.00am for 8.30am to 7.30pm, Monday 30 March 2015
Inspire Centre (Building 25), Pantowora St, University of Canberra

Inspire Centre 

All day parking (casual – credit card only payment) is available off Pantowora Street behind the Design Studios (Building 7).

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8.30am for 9.00am to 12.00pm, Tuesday 31 March 2015
Inspire Centre (Building 25), Pantowora St, University of Canberra

This workshop is an intimate opportunity for students to engage with speakers to further explore issues raised during the symposium. Initially intended for students enrolled in the unit Contemporary Issues in Design and Architecture PG, a limited number of places have now been made available for other students attending the symposium to join the conversation. 

The workshop is strictly open to students only. Once you have registered for the symposium, you may RSVP for the workshop (no additional charge).

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