March 19, 2004 - Canadian Centre for Architecture - International Forum on the Role and Nature of Architecture
March 19, 2004

International Forum on the Role and Nature of Architecture

International Forum on the Role and Nature of Architecture at CCA
Saturday, 27 March, 10 am to 5 pm

Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)
1920, Baile, Montreal (Quebec), H3H 2S6
Information and Reservations: Carole Daneau
Ph. 514-939-7001 ext. 1390

The 1960s and 1970s are recognized in architecture as the period when the crisis of Modernism and the first symptoms of the Post-Modern epidemic became evident. What we have forgotten is that these years also produced radical new reflections on the status and the fundamental nature of architecture itself. Starting from very different premises and points of view, Cedric Price, Aldo Rossi, James Stirling, and Gordon Matta-Clark put forward diverse ideas on the role of the architect and the place of architecture in ideas. These reflections deserve renewed attention today.

By examining anew a critical moment in the recent past, interesting issues emerge for the present: the role of architecture and its relationship to society; the ways in which architecture imposes itself upon other disciplines, absents itself from them, becomes inscribed within them, or merges entirely with them, transforming the unique status of architecture entirely.

Moderated by Mirko Zardini, architect and Senior Consulting Curator at the CCA and Hans Ulrich Obrist, author and curator of many international exhibitions;

With curators and critics:
Marco De Michelis, Dean of the Faculty of Design and Art at the Istituto Universitario de Architettura in Venice (IUAV)
Philip Ursprung, Swiss National Science Foundation Professor for Art History at the Department of Architecture of the ETH, Zurich
Anthony Vidler, Dean and Professor of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union in New York
Mark Wigley, Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

And CCA Curators Hubertus von Amelunxen, Louise Desy, Pierre-Edouard Latouche, Gwendolyn Owens, Howard Shubert

Also not to be missed on 25 March – Will Alsop Lecture on Cedric Price

Will Alsop, architect of the new Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto, will give a first-hand view of British architect and thinker Cedric Price, for whom he worked in the early 1970s.

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