The Bartlett School of Architecture


Architectural History Symposium and Exhibition

27 October 2017, 9:30 am–8:30 pm

Building Ruptures

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MA Architectural History, The Bartlett School of Architecture


Room 6.02, The Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB

Building Ruptures

Please join the MA Architectural History 2016-17 cohort for Building Ruptures, a symposium, exhibition and book launch. Building Ruptures will feature a series of position papers from guest speakers, presentations by graduating students, discussions with guest respondents and an exhibition of students’ work. The symposium sessions will cover a diverse range of topics including territories and places, materialities and subjectivities, histories and materialisms, site writing and theorising practices.

Keynotes: Stuart Elden (University of Warwick), Owen Hatherley (Writer) and Katie Lloyd Thomas (University of Newcastle). Respondent: Jon Astbury (Architects' Journal) 

The event is free and open to all with no registration required. Contact: Professor Peg Rawes


9:30 Welcome

10:00 Panel 1
Keynote: Professor Stuart Elden, Terrain: The Materiality of Territory
Chair: Dr Robin Wilson

10:30 Presentations
Kirti Durelle, Agency at the threshold: Maronage as subaltern spatial practice 
Joe Crowdy, Summer Land to Winter Land: Time and labour in the Isle of Ely, 1634-1652 
Albert Brenchat Aguilar, Against Landscape Representations. Negotiations with Plants: the ‘Garden in Movement’ of Gilles Clément
Abhishek Senapati, Baths and Biopolitics: the constructed affect of public health 

11:45 Panel 2
Keynote: Professor Katie Lloyd Thomas, Building Relations
Chair: Dr Barbara Penner

12:15 Presentations
Andreas Overgaard, Fabricating place in Copenhagen’s post-industrial inner harbour: Kvæsthusprojektet and the ideology of ‘human centred architecture’
Paola Camasso, Terremoto in Palazzo: a disruptive historiography of the Vele of Scampia
Will McMahon, Into the Habit: The architecture of the solitude at Fountains Abbey

14:00 Panel 3
Keynote: Owen Hatherley, Modernism and the Left: Writing political history and architecture in Britain
Chair: Dr David Roberts

14:35 Presentations
Jane Huang, Residential Developments in Shanghai from 1949 to Present: the aspiration and manifestation of urban housing
Ilyas Azouzi, Worthy of the mother country: British Pavilions on the eve of the second World War
Marisa Daouti, The subversion of power hierarchies by the spatialization of radical politics: The case of the Athenian city centre under the Western gaze
Grace Etherington, Art, architecture and the modern catholic church: William Mitchell’s contributions to two British cathedrals, 1960-1973

15:45 Panel 4 
Respondent: Jon Astbury. Chair: Professor Jane Rendell 
Rachel Tyler, Gray Colour: A palimpsestuous enquiry into Eileen Gray's work
Lili Zarzycki, Architecture––punctuation
Ruijun Duan, Railway Employees’ Residential Quarter at Yong-Ding Road, 1950s-2010s—A microhistory of Chinese state-owned enterprises welfare housing estate 

16.30 Presentation of the Theorising Practices Exhibition
17.00 Closing comments

17:30 – 20.30 Book launch and drinks reception
18:00 Music Performance, Sean McBride (of Martial Canterel, Xeno & Oaklander)

1. The Vele, Scampia, Naples, 2017
2. A Turkish market from street, Green Lanes, July 2017
3. Fountains Abbey: a location of solitude
4. The domestic interior of a shop-house built in the 1970s, Port Louis, Mauritius. Lee 2017
5. Athens as a space of mourning
6. William Mitchell, bell-tower relief, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, 1967
7. William Mitchell, 'Jesus is crucified', Clifton Cathedral, 1973
8. An Island at the Garden in Movement in Parc André Citroën. Brenchat, A. 2017