2011 Interstices Under Construction Symposium: Technics, Memory and the Architecture of History


Annual international symposium of Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts

Start Date

25th Nov 2011 3:00pm

End Date

27th Nov 2011 3:00pm


School of Architecture & Design, Inveresk

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An interdisciplinary symposium on the relationship between memory, technology and the construction of history, with an empasis on landscape, architecture, design and art.

In the light of massive catastrophes - the earthquakes near Sendai and Christchurch, the tsunamis of Acheh and Katrina's devastation of New Orleans - the question of urban and architectural reconstruction invokes the question of remembering. What is this 'past' that we remember and on which we base our future reconstructions? What images of the past do we call upon in our decisions to build or not to build - and how do they negotiate the terrain between memory and history, nature and culture, technology and sustainability, planning and responding, tradition and innovation, foundations and interstices?

What are some of the key image-objects that architecturalise historiography, particularly the historiographies of architecture, design and art? What alternative topologies of memorialising the past are imaginable: narratival, conversational, oral and gestural? What images are inherited by the historian, and how does the interior condition of the historian assimilate the otherness of image-objects that arrive from the outside? 

Key speakers:

Prof Alessandra Ponte, Université de Montréal, Canada

Prof William Taylor, University of Western Australia

Dr Peg Rawes, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

Dr Karen Burns, Monash University

Prof Jeff Malpas, University of Tasmania

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Interstices Under Construction Symposium is part of Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts