25th June 2019 at 5:30pm at Newcastle University KEV11 2.01 Fine Art Lecture
George Dodds from the University of Tennessee will focus on a canonical work by each: Mies van der Rohe’s only alteration and addition project—the Resor House Project intended for Jackson Hole, Wyoming (1937), and Carlo Scarpa’s addition to the Gipsoteca Canoviana at Possagno (1955-57).
“Today, more often than not, a building is an attention-seeking object that glorifies its owner and architect and is oblivious…to its physical, and…social context. Its plan is diagrammatic—…and…[its] exterior [seems] reduced to one purpose: to excite the eye…by clever pattern.” This opening passage from Klaus Herdog’s epoch-setting, “The Decorated Diagram (1983),” could easily be supplanted for a gloss of the most press-worthy projects and buildings of this century.
Three decades after Herdog’s Diagram, Antoine Picon begins “Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity,” citing the Viennese architect and theorist Adolf Loos’s famous “Crime and Ornament” essay from the early 20th century:
“Over the past 10 to 15 years ornamental practices made a spectacular return in architecture. To fully grasp the novelty and radical character of this revival, it is necessary to remember how modern architecture has been suspicious of ornament almost from the start…”
Owing to its subtly and complexity, Loos’s argument remains much debated and often misunderstood as many presume that he meant to equate crime WITH ALL ornament. He did not. He did take issue, however, with his fellow Viennese architects covering the surfaces of their architecture with patterns and images that had little to do with the building’s tectonics, their immediate situation, or the manner in which the building would be used.
In our current era, when that which was previously considered architecture’s ornament is equated to architecture itself; when form follows a digital program rather than a building program, when architects without architecture seem to have supplanted “Architecture without Architects (1964),” it seems propitious to rethink some of the operational polarities of 20th century architectural discourse – particularly those that situate the Venetian designer Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) and the German émigré Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) as opposite ends of an architectural spectrum in regards to their use of material and ornament.
George Dodds has taught at several universities throughout the United States, and practiced in offices in Detroit, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. He was a fellow in Landscape Studies at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library (Washington, D.C.) before earning his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania (2000) and joining the University of Tennessee (UTK). Dodds has published two books: Building Desire: On the Barcelona Pavilion, and Body and Building: Essays on the Changing Relation of Body and Architecture (with Robert Tavernor), along with dozens of articles. He was the Executive Editor of the Journal of Architectural Education (2006-2010), and served on its Editorial Board and Design Committee for five years prior. He is a Distinguished Professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and was the College of Architecture + Design’s first UTK Cox Professor (2006-09). In 2008 he was the Mickel Visiting Professor of Architecture at Clemson University. He has authored over 30 articles for his column on the criticism of the built environment, “Architecture Matters,” for the Knoxville Mercury, which is currently a book project with the University of Tennessee Press. He is the Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor of Architecture (2012-2023).
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20th June 2019 at 5:00pm at 003, Business and Law Building, Northumbria University, Newcastle
In the scenario of the collaborative city, what can design do for social cohesion? What can design do to trigger and support a regenerative econony or enrich the urban ecosystem with appropriate enabling infrastructure?
The lecture will focus on with these questions, proposing meaningful examples worldwide, and, in particular, from Professor Manzini’s experiences in Milano. He will highlights the politics of the everyday on which they are based, the design culture that oriented them and the specific design tools that have been used.
This lecture contents are based on a book (Ezio Manzini, The Politics of the Everyday, Bloomsbury, 2019) and on the first results of Design for Collaborative Cities (a design research program, self-organised by DESIS Network, which involves several design schools around the world, working at the crossroads of city making, social innovation and design.
For over two decades Professor Manzini has been working in the field of design for sustainability. Most recently, his interests have focused on social innovation, considered as a major driver of sustainable changes. In this perspective he started DESIS: an international network of Schools of Design, active in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability. (http://www.desisnetwork.org).
He is Professor of Design for Social Innovation at Elisava-Design School and Engineering, Barcelona, Honorary Professor at the Politecnico di Milano and Guest Professor at both, Tongji (Shanghai) and Jiangnan (Wuxi) Universities.
Professor Manzini books include “Design, When Everybody Designs. An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation”, MIT Press 2015 (currently translated in 7 languages); and “Politics of the Everyday.” Bloomsbury (February 2019).
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