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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellows' Seminar - Eternal Flames: architectural theory and production in the 1980s

19th March 2018, 13:00 to 14:00, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Professor Michael Chapman (Newcastle University, Australia)


Abstract

This seminar will revisit the architecture of the 1980s, where there was a direct and deliberate engagement with ideas of architectural theory and philosophy, which had a tangible effect on the built environment. The 1980s remains one of the most experimental and paradigmatic decades of cultural production in the 20th Century, with a distinctive legacy of innovation across fashion, music, film and the visual arts. It was also a defining period in architecture, where politics, economics and aesthetics were all radically questioned and reinvented through a reconnection with philosophical frameworks and social impetus. The seminar will explore the complex social, economic and cultural transformations of the 1980s, and explain how each left traces in the architectural production of the period, giving form to a radicalised mode of architectural production which challenged existing hegemonies at the same time that it discretely emerged as one.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should register online in advance to reserve a place. Places will be confirmed within 48 hours of receipt (subject to availability).

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.