Stroom School 'Another Reality': The Theory of Architectural Practice

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Dinsdag 21 juni 2016, 14.00-17.00 uur, gevolgd door launch Volume om 17.30 uur

Locatie: Stroom, Hogewal 1-9, Den Haag

Onderdeel van de Stroom School, een publiek programma van rondleidingen en lezingen, rond de tentoonstelling Another Reality. After Lina Bo Bardi.

Lara Schrijver (Professor of Architecture aan Universiteit van Antwerpen) gaat in gesprek met aanwezigen over het rijk geillustreerde essay The Theory of Architectural Practice (1957) waarin Lina Bo Bardi haar visie op het vak van de architect ontvouwde. Tijdens de sessie wordt de tekst ook actief in de praktijk gebracht als methode van onderzoek en kijken naar de omgeving.

Launch Volume #48 om 17.30 uur
De middag wordt afgesloten met een gesprek over de rol van onderzoek in de wereld van kunst, architectuur en wetenschap t.g.v. van de launch van Volume #48: The Research Turn.

Met het lange essay The Theory of Architectural Practice, solliciteert Lina Bo Bardi in 1957 naar een docentschap op de Universiteit van São Paolo. Meer dan een academische tekst, leest het als een manifest, waarin ze met behulp van heel veel afbeeldingen afkomstig uit allerlei landen en tijden, een architectuurtheorie bepleit die dienstbaar is aan het alledaagse leven.

Lara Schrijver:
"Bo Bardi's The Theory of Architectural Practice is steeped in a thorough sense of the professional conscience of the architect. Additionally, she positions the role of the architect as "interpreter of a vital ‘common sense'".

As such, she offers some handholds for addressing the transformed role of architecture in today's world. The position of authority portrayed in The Fountainhead has dissipated, and the recent celebrity status of the ‘starchitect' is also under fire. What might a theory of architecture that is founded on observation of the world around us provide?

Bo Bardi suggests that the fundamental role of the architect is to "construct within the world as it is, the world as he would have it". This intimates a heightened sensitivity to the underlying logic of what is already present, as well as still offering a crucial role to the designer, who brings a deeply felt professional conscience to bear on these concerns.

In this afternoon session, we will study the document of The Theory of Architectural Practice, particularly in terms of its imagery, to understand what is it that Bo Bardi felt was to be seen in the world at large. Additionally, we will go out into the direct surroundings, to see if we might similarly apprehend the underlying logic of the environment we inhabit."

The afternoon will close with the launch of Volume #48 The Research Turn. It is comprised entirely of interviews and conversations with a.o. Reinier de Graaf, Beatriz Colomina, Henk Slager, Sarah Rifky, Tim Ingold, Irit Rogoff and ruangrupa. We wanted to learn from those who have been instrumental in shifting the boundaries and shaping today's landscape of creative knowledge production. The issue also includes the catalogue for BLUE: Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions by Malkit Shoshan, the Dutch contribution to the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale.

"Today it's not so important what you know but rather how you think. Progress, in this sense, is predicated by critical reflection on ways of knowing and disciplinary traditions of thought. This issue of Volume - the second in our series on learning - is dedicated to mapping the contemporary field of research that is pushing processes of knowledge production forward in architecture, art and the social sciences."

Volume #48

foto: design: Studio Manuel Raeder