As the Landscape Urbanism programme continues to develop and refine its own transdisciplinary approach it invites, each year, an international and diverse range of speakers to offer new perspectives on the issues that concern its practice. These lectures are open to the public and are offered as means to engage the tutors and students of the LU programme in a productive dialogue with other practitioners, theorists and researchers within an open forum.
Teresa Stoppani , 20th March 2014, Soft Room, 6 PM
Catherine Ingraham, Architecture and the Burdens of Linearity, 1998.
The use of the grid in mapmaking offers a rational instrument that is based on conventions in order to fix and to communicate information. At the same time the cartographic grid produces an intentional opacity that can reveal the “project” of mapmaking, otherwise concealed in its apparently objective and impartial presentation. From the impossible bird’s eye views of cities presented as city portraits, to the measured space of the map, the conventions and the “lies” of cartographic representation reveal that the map is in fact a project, that is, the production of a never-neutral critical space. Always partial, mapmaking establishes a relation of difference and of excess with the territory that it re-presents, thus becoming a generative system that is able to produce and incorporate those interpretations, intentionality and transformations that characterize the process of the project. Examples, stories and images drawn from architecture and the visual arts accompany this exploration of critical cartographies.
Gabriela García de Cortázar
On the Record
Venue: New Soft Room
This kind of linguistic capture necessarily encounters problems, and the talk will focus on three: issues of scope (what to capture, parts or wholes; what to describe, surfaces or structures), time (between eternal instant and fickle sequence) and projection (from points of view to the short distance between description and prescription).
Gabriela García de Cortázar is a current PhD candidate at the AA.
MAKING MAPS (in real time)
Marti Peran, 05 February 2014, Soft Room,
Understanding cartography as a model within the logic of representation. This lecture considers, in the context of the crisis of representation, (that is to say, in the context of the crisis of traditional cartography) the need to establish a fresh foundation for cartography. The task of becoming cartographers implies a return to the possibility of deducing the value of territory and the ways of establishing a discourse with it, on the basis of experience. In this way, contemporary art could be a model.
Geomorphology and Landscapes
Andrew Goudie (Emeritus Professor of Geography at University of Oxford)
15 October 14:30 PM
What were the landscapes of the past like? What will landscapes look like in the future? Landscapes are all around us, but most of us know very little about how they have developed, what goes on in them, and how they react to changing climates, tectonics and human activities. Examining what landscape is, and how we use a range of ideas and techniques to study it, Andrew Goudie a demonstrate how geomorphologists have built on classic methods pioneered by some great 19th century scientists to examine our Earth.
Clara Oloriz and Douglas Spencer (AA Landscape Urbanism) lecture at the AA lecture hall on “Urban Prototypes: Mentalities and Perspectives” . Part of the ongoing Research Cluster on Urban Prototypes:
7th February 2013 @ 3:00 PM
New Soft Room
This Thursday 7th February 2013 Rahul Mehrotra will be in conversation with AA Landscape Urbanism Programme in the New Soft Room at the Architectural Association. Rahul Menhrotra is a prominent architect and urban planner who practices and teaches in Mumbai and Boston (Harvard GSD). He will discuss the AALU brief from this year based in India, specifically along the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor and the rise of private townships developments and other rapid urbanism dynamics happening in the region.
Storks, Cabbages and Beakers: A Typology of Contemporary Urbanism
Venue: Lecture Hall
Past speakers include:
Andrew Goudy,Rahul Mehrotra, Peter Trummer, Graham Shane, Francoise Fromonot, Lars Lerup, Jon Goodbun, Eelco Hoffman, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Erik Swyngedouw, Chris Reed, Steve Graham, Alex Wall, Alberto Clementi, Mike Hodson, Simon Marvin, Charles Waldheim, Andreas Ruby, Kelly Shannon, Richard Weller, David Cunningham, Matthew Gandy and Gareth Doherty