Architecture IV: Making and the Territory

Architecture IV: Making and the Territory

Trying to be There

XI: Dirty Old River: London (Part II)

VII: Crafting Design in Post-war Italy

VIII: Real Estate Opportunities: Frank Gehry & LA

IX. Dirty Old River: London

X: In Search of Real Life

Lina Bo Bardi

Lunar Rover Bricolage
photograph by Richard Wentworth from Making Do and Getting By
Sir John Soane's Tomb, St Pancras Old Church
Gehry Residence, Santa Monica

Architecture IV: Making and the Territory
Tom Emerson
Tuesdays 8:15am

The first four lectures provide the thematic introduction to the rest of the course drawing on architecture, anthropology, history and culture and serve as reflections on design, skill, craftsmanship and nature: broadly the context in which we practice architecture today.

The four lectures that follow are a case studies from the long twentieth century. They focus on particular architects and places, exploring how the territory can be described in construction, just as much as construction can be understood as a product of its wider political landscape. The final lecture is on the Picturesque and our place within nature bringing the series to a close.

It may quite simply be an essay on the anthropology of architecture. But in this case, one not written by anthropologists but by architects. It is about being modern and pre-modern. It is about being local and globalized. It is about material, culture and skill. As a whole, the series will ask you to reflect on larger issues to do with how we construct the world.

Talk and guest crit by artist Richard Wentworth, Tuesday 27 October 2015, 6.30pm, HIL F 41.

Architecture IV

Studio Tom Emerson
Tuesday 19.05.15 8:15am

Architecture IV

Studio Tom Emerson
Nicholas Lobo Brennan
Tuesday 12.05.15 8:15am

Architecture IV

Studio Tom Emerson
Dr. Catharine Rossi
Tuesday 14.04.15 8:15am

Dr. Catharine Rossi is a Senior Lecturer in Design History at Kingston University, London where her research specialisms include 20th and 21st century Italian design, the relationship between design and craft and ethically engaged approaches to design past and present.

The curator of Space Electronic: Then and Now at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, she has co-edited The Italian Avant-Garde: 1968–1976 (Sternberg Press, 2013), contributed to publications including the V&A's Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990 (2011) and La Moda: The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945–2014 (2014), is the author of Crafting Design in Italy: From Post-War to Postmodernism (Manchester University Press, forthcoming) and is a regular contributor to magazines including Crafts, Disegno and Domus.

Architecture IV
Studio Tom Emerson
Tuesday 21.04.15 8:15am

Architecture IV

Studio Tom Emerson
Tuesday 28.04.15 8:15am

Further Reading

Steen Eiler Rasmussen, London: the Unique City
R.S.R. Fitter, London’s Natural History
Ian Nairn, Nairn’s London

Lecture Schedule

I: Natural Design
Tuesday 23rd February

II: Craft
Tuesday 1st March

III. Bricolage
Tuesday 8th March

IV: Mies Makes
Tuesday 22nd March

V: How the Picturesque Ruined the World
Tuesday 5th April

VI: In search of a perfect life: Charles & Ray Eames
Tuesday 12th April

VII: Real Estate Opportunities: Frank Gehry & Los Angeles
Tuesday 19th April

VIII: In search of real life: Lina Bo Bardi
Tuesday 26th April

IX: Never Natural: London
Tuesday 3rd May

Big Splash, David Hockney
Playtime, Jacques Tati
Ed Ruscha: Real Estate Opportunities
Making do and Getting by, Richard Wentworth
American Baloon Frame
Jeffersonian Grid
Ottoman to the Barcelona Chair
Gehry Residence, Santa Monica
SESC Pompeia, Lina Bo Bardi