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Architecture & (her) Critical Imagination

Date: 28 Sep 2022 - 28 Sep 2022

Time: 18:00-20:00

Town/City: West Court, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3

Architecture & (her) Critical Imagination

Inaugural Lecture by Suzanne Ewing, personal chair of Architectural Criticism 

Join us for the inaugural lecture from Suzanne Ewing, Personal Chair of Architectural Criticism. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. This event is free and open to all.

Abstract

‘Criticism will always be more useful when it informs the future than when it scores the past’. Architecture schools are settings for exploring the possibilities of what does not yet exist, where spatial, material and cultural tactics, intentions and imaginaries are cultivated, practiced and critiqued. Yet ‘purposeful responses’ to environments-in-the-making can be limited by narrow modes of disciplinary criticism that tend to focus on decontextualised objects and individual response. This lecture explores how the architectural discipline might attend to and more explicitly nurture critical imagination, operating ‘between enthusiasm and doubt’, inclusive of diverse collections of cultures, modes and participants.

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