Wednesday June 13 2018
- 13.30–16.00Thematic Interest Group Meetings. National Library of Estonia
- URBAN REPRESENTATIONS GROUP
Curated Urban Visions Workshop
Miriam Paeslack, University of Buffalo
Anat Falbel, São Paulo
Jeffrey Cohen, Bryn Mawr College
Most cities are richly varied, overlaid, constantly evolving and even chaotic assemblages of buildings and spaces that challenge portrayal in their full multivalence. Reduced in scale from their referent, representations distance, distill, edit, crop, and otherwise transform their subject. They become a form of curation of the city and its architecture embodied in a new artifact, usually with distinct purpose. These efforts to represent cities beg a discussion of strategies and media of presentation, as well as aesthetic, cultural, political, or ideological filters that have been applied. This workshop aims to be a venue for such conversations, inviting attendees to offer short presentations that introduce and frame projects within the realm of historical urban representations, and to be active participants in discussions of them.
- GENDER GROUP
On Margins: Feminist Architectural Histories of Migration
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Harvard University
Rachel Lee, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
In collaboration with: Katia Frey, ETH Zurich
Eliana Perotti, ETH Zurich
During this workshop, participants will discuss a set of precirculated texts, including a CfP for a special journal issue which will be co-edited by the organisers. This project works in concert with a growing body of initiatives to write feminist histories of modern architecture through collaborative and intersectional historiographic practices: which redistribute power, co-produce solidarity, and reassess the objects and methods of architectural history. We begin by posing two arguments to architectural historians: first, that the dynamic of a situated and re-situated perspective is foundational to feminist histories of architecture, and second, that feminist historiographical approaches destabilize presumptions of fixity at the heart of the discipline. With the goal of opening the historiography to narratives, perspectives, and practices based on these arguments, we seek histories that employ feminist methods or gather empirical studies of women’s work that emerged from acts and experiences of migration performed individually or collectively—into and out of geographies of control and subjugation, beyond gender or gender framings, across lifeworlds.
- HOUSING GROUP
Housing Stories as a Methodological Frontier: A Workshop and a Manifesto
Gaia Caramellino, Politecnico di Milano
Filippo De Pieri, Politecnico di Torino
In recent years, histories of housing have increasingly been the result of an exchange between different fields of research, such as archaeology, anthropology, sociology, the history of material culture, the history of consumption… In fact, the study of housing seems to defy disciplinary barriers and to encourage long-term and cross-cultural comparisons. The third meeting of the Interest Group on Housing aims at exploring the potential interactions – as well as the underlying tension – between these approaches. In more specific terms, it aims at proposing a reflection on the distinct contribution that housing history can bring to a broader, ongoing debate concerning the methodology and public relevance of architectural history. Invited participants to this workshop will be asked to address the topic by discussing to what extent recent research, teaching and public communication experiences in the field of housing history can play a role in exploring/encouraging innovative research approaches to architectural history. The workshop is intended as a collecting writing exercise that will result in the redaction of a position paper that will be submitted to for the publication on “Architectural Histories” soon after the workshop.
- POSTMODERNISM GROUP
Drawing Architecture: 1968 to 1988
Véronique Patteeuw, ENSAP-Lille
Léa-Catherine Szacka, University of Manchester
In the postmodern era, architectural drawings took on a new role and significance. They became, not only objects of representation but also works of art in their own right. In other words, from merely a means to an end, drawings became the end itself. The new status and value of the architectural drawing induced a structural change in the profession: From Aldo Rossi to Massimo Scolari, and from Michael Graves to Peter Eisenman, architects on both sides of the Atlantic, started to produce drawings that could be exhibited, sold and collected. The autonomy of the drawing challenged consequently the fine line between architectural representation and artistic oeuvre. This round table will gather scholars, collectors and institutional voices to discuss issues of presentation and representation, real and unreal, object and subject, with a closer look at architectural drawings produced in the two decades spanning between the year 1968 and the year 1988. Each speaker will be invited to briefly present a pair of architectural drawings dating from the period under scrutiny. An open discussion will follow.
Tina di Carlo, Drawing Matter, London (TBC)
Maristella Casciato, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
Jordan Kauffman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University
Christian Parreno, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Stefaan Vervoort, Ghent University, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (TBC)
- WORD & IMAGE GROUP
Architecture Published Roundtable: Past, Present, Future
Anne Hultzsch, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Catalina Mejía Moreno, Brighton University
Architectural publishing is today under threat as never before. The threat to Architectural Association Publications, together with AA Files, epitomizes a trend that has recently seen the decline of institutional involvement in publishing historical, theoretical as well as practice-oriented research. This object-based workshop at EAHN 2018 in Tallinn will aim to focus discussions on the history of publishing architecture to highlight its crucial relevance for contemporary and future architectural cultures. By inviting scholars and practitioners to share specific objects, such as books, journals, pamphlets, postcards, or even blogs, we will debate issues around dissemination, audiences, authorship, editorial policies, printing and digital processes, economies of publishing, as well as the wider influences of making architecture without building. Each contributor will have 5-10 minutes to present her or his choice of object – a publication that they consider as paradigmatic. Possible objects will include Renaissance treatises, a magazine, a historical survey, a manifesto, a photographic travelogue, a journal, an architect’s monograph, a scholarly journal, a blog, and others. Through an object-based discussion, the roundtable aims to address an urgent question: the raison d’être of architectural publication and its possible futures.
Petra Brouwer (University of Amsterdam and Editor of Architectural Histories, the EAHN Journal)
Maarten Delbeke (ETH Zurich)
Francisco Diaz (Universidad Católica de Chile and Editor of Ediciones ARQ)
Rute Figueiredo (ESAP – Porto School of Arts)
Charles Rice (University of Technology Sydney and Editor of The Journal of Architecture)
Mika Savela (Editor of Arkkitehti, The Finnish Architectural Review)
André Tavares (ETH Zurich)
Erik Wegerhoff (ETH Zurich)
- ARCHITECTURE & THE ENVIRONMENT GROUP
Sophie Hochhäusl, Harvard University
Torsten Lange, ETH Zurich
The Architecture & the Environment Group will conduct an open meeting. All welcome.
- HISTORIES IN CONFLICT GROUP
Panayiota Pyla, University of Cyprus
Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Israel Institute of Technology
The Histories in Conflict interest group will meet in Tallinn to discuss the outcomes of the 2017 EAHN conference in Jerusalem (group members who had not attended the conference are very welcome). We will coordinate future activities of the interest group and introduce new members. All welcome.
- LATIN AMERICA MODERN ARCHITECTURE GROUP
Horacio Torrent, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Ruth Verde Zein, Mackenzie University, São Paulo
Anat Falbel, São Paulo
Recent exhibitions, catalogs, and books on Latin America modern architecture and cities have revived their presence in the contemporary international debates, corroborating its importance and breadth. A hybrid cultural and human landscape Latin American art, culture and architecture manifestations have deep roots branching across the continents, from Asia to Africa, and certainly from Europe. The connecting ties between Europe and the Americas are undoubted of great relevance and have been considered by scholars and researchers from both continents, establishing a dynamic corpus of academic debates. For our first meeting in Tallinn we are proposing a discussion on the cultural encounters between Latin America and Europe since the 19th century which might include topics such as the displacement of European-born professionals to Latin America, cross transfers of modern architecture ideals and models through the written word as well as images, the Latin American historiographical constructions vis à vis the European Modern narratives as well as Latin America architecture and urbanism and the concepts of hybridization, translations and cultural transference.
- POSTGRADUATES GROUP
Miranda Critchley, Bartlett, UCL
This is the inaugural meeting of the Postgraduates group and will serve to discuss the groups aims and objectives as well as any future events.
- URBAN REPRESENTATIONS GROUP