Marianna Charitonidou’s Papers at International Conferences & Lectures (23)


1. 30 May – 1 June 2019 My paper Bauhäusler in America: László Moholy-Nagy and Anni and Josef Albers and the ‘re-invention’ of teaching models” has been selected to be presented at the international conference “Bauhaus and Greece: The Idea of Synthesis is Art and Architecture” organized by the Athens School of Fine Arts and the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart (Convenors: Andreas Giacumacatos, Professor of Architecture at the Department of Theory and History of Art at the Athens School of Fine Arts, and Sokratis Georgiadis, Professor of History and Theory of Architecture and Design History at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart)

Josef Albers teaching his colour class at Black Mountain College, 1944

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2. 11-13 April 2019 My paper “An Action towards Humanization: Doorn manifesto in a transnational perspective” has been selected to be presented at the International Conference “Revisiting the Post-CIAM Generation: Debates, Proposals and Intellectual Framework”, which will be held at Escola Superior Artística do Porto (ESAP) in Porto

In 1957, Ernesto Nathan Rogers, in “Continuità o Crisi?”, published in Casabella Continuità, considered history as a process, highlighting that history can be understood as being either in a condition of continuity or in a condition of crisis “accordingly as one wishes to emphasize either permanence or emergency”. A year earlier, Le Corbusier in a diagram he sent to the tenth CIAM at Dubrovnik, he called attention to a turning point within the circle of the CIAM, maintaining that after 1956 its dominant approach had been characterised by a reorientation of the interest towards what he calls “action towards humanisation” (fig. 1).

The paper examines whether this humanising process is part of a crisis or an evolution, on the one hand, and compares the directions that were taken regarding architecture’s humanisation project within a transnational network, on the other hand. An important instance regarding this reorientation of architecture’s epistemology was the First International Conference on Proportion in the Arts at the Triennale di Milano in 1951, where Le Corbusier presented his Modulor and Sigfried Giedion, Matila Ghyka, Pier Luigi Nervi, Andreas Speiser and Bruno Zevi intervened. The debates that took place during this conference epitomise the attraction of architecture’s dominant discourse to humanisation ideals.

In a different context, the Doorn manifesto (1954) (fig. 2), signed by the architects Peter Smithson, John Voelcker, Jaap Bakema, Aldo van Eyck and Daniel van Ginkel and the economist Hans Hovens-Greve and embraced by the younger generation, is interpreted as a climax of this generalised tendency to “humanise” architectural discourse and to overcome the rejection of the rigidness of the modernist ideals. This paper presents how the debates regarding the Doorn manifesto evolved in the pages of the following journals: The Architectural Review, Casabella Continuità, Arquitectura, L’Architecture d’aujourd’hui and Forum. An aspect that is closely investigated is that of which epistemological tools coming from other disciplines – philosophy, sociology, anthropology and so on – are more dominant in each of these architectural journals. The fact that each of these journals is closely connected to a specific national context – U.K., Italy, Portugal, France and Holland respectively – offers the opportunity to discern to what disciplines architecture was attracted within these different contexts during its effort to “humanise” its discourse and conceptual tools.

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Figure 1. Le Corbusier, Message to the tenth CIAM at Dubrovnik, 23 July 1956. Credit: CIAM Congresses and Team 10 Meetings: Het Nieuwe Instituut Collection, Rotterdam
 Figure 2. Team Ten, typescript of “Habitat,” also known as the “Doorn Manifesto”, 1954. (Source: Dirk van der Heuvel, and Max Risselada, eds. Team 10: In Search of a Utopia of the Present 1953-1981 (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2005), 42) Credit: CIAM Congresses and Team 10 Meetings: Het Nieuwe Instituut Collections and Archive, Rotterdam


3. 28th – 29th March 2019 My paper “Gender roles in Neorealism’s baraccati and national identity in postwar Italy” has been selected to be presented at the International Conference “Displacement & Domesticity since 1945: Refugee, Migrants and Expats making homes”. The proposals underwent a blind peer-review by at least three reviewers on the basis of quality of content and relevance to the conference. Conference organized by KU Leuven and the EAHN – European Architectural History Network

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Venue: Palais des Academies in Brussels

Scientific Committee

Hilde Heynen (KULeuven) 

Johan Lagae (Ghent University)

Els de Vos (University of Antwerp)

Viviana d’Auria (KULeuven)

Mark Crinson (Birkbeck College)

Alona Nitzan-Shiftan (EAHN former president)

Stephen Cairns (ETH, Singapore)

Lilian Chee (National University of Singapore)

Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi (Barnard College)

Romola Sanyal (London School of Economics)

Peter Gatrell (University of Manchester)

Paolo Boccagni (University of Trento)

Luce Beeckmans (Ghent University)

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4. My paper “Aldo van Eyck’s critiques against Postmodernism as a humanist device: between the notion of ‘configurative discipline’ and ‘the irritant principle of renewal’” has been selected to be presented at the 2018 edition of the annual conference of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre “The Irritant Principle of Renewal: 100 Years of Aldo & Hannie van Eyck”

Dates: 28 – 30 November 2018

Venue: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft and the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam


Dirk van den Heuvel (Jaap Bakema Study Centre)

Advisory Board

Tom Avermaete (ETH Zurich)
Hetty Berens (HNI)
Maristella Casciato (Getty Research Institute)
Carola Hein (TU Delft)
Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich)


The selection was in the hands of the convenor and advisory board, together with Guus Beumer, general director of Het Nieuwe Instituut, and Dick van Gameren, chair of the Department of Architecture, TU Delft. Criteria were relevance and focus in relation to the call, state-of-the-art research, an innovative and challenging approach, and an eloquent and evocative articulation of the proposition. Academics and practitioners alike are invited to submit. We are aiming for a diverse group of speakers, in terms of nationality, seniority and academic and institutional background, among other categories, so as to assure a productive and lively exchange of knowledge.


Aldo van Eyck’s critiques against Postmodernism as a humanist device: between the notion of ‘configurative discipline’ and ‘the irritant principle of renewal

This paper focuses on three cases: firstly, Aldo van Eyck’s position in the debate that took place in 1976 in conjunction with the exhibition “Europa-America. Architettura urbana, alternative suburbane” in the framework of the Venice Biennale; secondly, van Eyck’s message to Oswald Mathias Ungers in Spazio e Società under the title “A Message to Ungers from a Different World” (1979); thirdly, van Eyck’s Annual Discourse to the Royal Institute of British Architects entitled “Rats, posts and other pests” in 1981. In his message to Ungers, van Eyck was set against Aldo Rossi, Manfredo Tafuri, Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, Leon and Rob Krier, Peter Eisenman, Charles Jencks, James Stirling and OMA and blamed Ungers for being attracted to the stances of the above-mentioned architects. The debate that accompanied the exhibition “Europa-America: Architettura urbane alternative suburbane” was symptomatic of “the growing discontent with the idea of modernism”, which had been apparent since the 50s. The interest of this instance lies on the fact that it exemplifies the conflicts between two generations. The presentation unfolds the reasons for which van Eyck’s notion of “configurative discipline”, which was at the centre of his educational and architectural vision, is not compatible with certain postmodernist views. Van Eyck, despite his interest in the polyphony of reality, believed that the coherence of a whole can only be achieved through “configurative discipline”. In “Steps Towards a Configurative Discipline” (1962), he maintained that “[a]ll systems should be familiarized one with the other in such a way that their combined impact and interaction can be appreciated as a single complex system – polyphonal, multirhythmic, kaleidoscopic and yet perpetually and everywhere comprehensible.” His attraction to coherence is the key to understand his opposition to postmodernist architecture. Van Eyck always intended to enhance the way architecture is inhabited and enriches human relationships. He believed that the postmodernist architects’ visual and narrative “tricks” threatened architecture’s humanist aspirations


Programme Wednesday 28 November
Location: TU Delft

Dick van Gameren (chair of the department of Architecture, TU Delft)
Dirk van den Heuvel (head of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre)10.00 – 10.45 OPENING LECTURE
Francis Strauven – Aldo and Hannie van Eyck: in search of built meaning

11.00 – 12.30 PAPER SESSION 1


moderator: Carola Hein (TU Delft)

  • Alejandro Campos Uribe – On the Van Eyck home in Loenen aan de Vecht

  • Anat Falbel – In the path of the “in-between”: Brazilian repercussions of Aldo van Eyck’s concept

  • Marianna Charitonidou – Aldo van Eyck’s critique against Postmodernism: between the “configurative discipline” and “the irritant principle of renewal”

  • Andreas Kalpakci – Imaging the Human House

13.45 – 15.00 PAPER SESSION 2


moderator: Andrej Radman (TU Delft)

  • Nelson Mota – Architecture and social ecology: the role of visual ethnography in design education

  • Lidwine Spoormans – Towards continuous renewal. Re-use design of 1970s architecture and design education

  • Dirk Somers & Daniel Rosbottom – Playgrounds as pedagogic tools for architecture students


Link to the book of abstractsJaap Bakema Study Centre

5. My paper “Paperless studios and the articulation between the analogue and the digital: geometry as transformation of architecture’s ontology” was selected to be presented at the Open Panel 1 “When Tools become Instruments: Masterful Articulations in Architecture and Arts” in the framework of the International Symposium “Scaffolds: Open Encounters With Society, Art And Architecture”.

Organised by ALICE lab (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), with the collaboration of Metrolab Brussels (ULB-UCL), the Research Laboratory for Architecture Theory and the Philosophy of Technics at the Technische Universität Wien, the Chair of Public Building from the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment of the Technische Universiteit Delft; and The Faculty of Architecture of KU Leuven.

Dates: 22-23 November 2018

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6. My paper “Aldo Rossi’s transatlantic cross-fertilisation: American ‘urban facts’ and reinvention of design methods” was presented at the International Conference “ALDO ROSSI. Perspectives from the World”

Dates: 11-13 June 2018

Venue: Politecnico di Milano, AUIC School

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7. My paper “Music as Reservoir of Thought’s Materialization: Between Metastasis’ and ‘Modulor” was presented at the 2nd International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research DARE 2017: Aberrant Nuptials

Date: 21 November 2017

Venue: Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium

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8. My paper “Horizons and directions of the pedagogical strategies of teaching history and theory of architecture” was presented at the conference for the 100th Anniversary of the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens “Architectural education: objects and prospects” 

Date: 5 November 2017

Ορίζοντες και κατευθύνσεις της διδασκαλίας της ιστορίας και της θεωρίας της αρχιτεκτονικής: προκλήσεις αναδιάρθρωσης στο σύγχρονο παγκόσμιο πλαίσιο

Η  εισήγηση αυτή, σε πρώτη φάση, εστιάζει στην παρουσίαση των κατευθύνσεων από το 1968 μέχρι σήμερα όσον αφορά στη διερώτηση σχετικά με την προτιμότερη μέθοδο διδασκαλίας της ιστορίας και της θεωρίας της αρχιτεκτονικής σε διαφορετικά θεσμικά και γεωγραφικά πλαίσια. Οι βασικοί προσανατολισμοί που εντοπίζονται είναι οι εξής: η μετατόπιση του ενδιαφέροντος από μια χρονολογική προς μια τυπολογική οργάνωση της διδακτικής (Morris, 1980), η αναζήτηση τρόπων ενσωμάτωσης της διδασκαλίας της ιστορίας της αρχιτεκτονικής στα συνθετικά μαθήματα (Heynen, de Jonge, 2002), η διερεύνηση σημείων συνάντησης των μεθόδων διδασκαλίας της ιστορίας της αρχιτεκτονικής στις σχολές ιστορίας τέχνης και στις σχολές αρχιτεκτονικής (Howard, 2002), η συμφιλίωση των διαφορών μεταξύ της ιστορίας και της θεωρίας αρχιτεκτονικής (Ibid.), η προσαρμογή των μεθόδων διδασκαλίας στο φαινόμενο της άμεσης διάδοσης οπτικών πληροφοριών σε όλα τα γεωγραφικά μήκη και πλάτη (Ibid.), η ανταπόκριση των εκπαιδευτικών προσεγγίσεων στο πρόβλημα της διαχείρισης της πληθώρας των διαθέσιμων εικόνων λόγω της καλπάζουσας ανάπτυξης των διαδικτυακών και ψηφιακών εργαλείων, η διδασκαλία της ιστορίας των κτιρίων ως μέρος της ιστορίας των πόλεων (Waisman, 1985), η αφομοίωση του σύγχρονου λόγου σχετικά με τα ζητήματα φύλου και τα φυλετικά ζητήματα στις μεθόδους διδασκαλίας της ιστορίας και της θεωρίας της αρχιτεκτονικής και η προσπάθεια διαμόρφωσης μοντέλων που αντιτάσσονται στις Δυτικο-κεντρικές αφηγήσεις της ιστορίας της αρχιτεκτονικής.

Σε δεύτερη φάση, επιχειρείται η παρουσίαση των δυνατοτήτων που προσφέρουν οι διαφορετικές μέθοδοι διδασκαλίας. Ανάλογα με τις προτεραιότητες και τα κριτήρια που υιοθετούνται από τον εκάστοτε ιστορικό κατά τη συγγραφή της ιστορίας της αρχιτεκτονικής, οι πιο συνήθεις κατηγοριοποιήσεις που παρατηρούνται αναπτύσσονται σύμφωνα με τις εξής δομές: «τεχνοτροπία και περίοδο», «βιογραφία», «γεωγραφία και πολιτισμός», «τυπολογία» και «τεχνική» (Leach, 2010). Αναφέρω ενδεικτικά ότι η οργάνωση των μαθημάτων σύμφωνα με τυπολογικές ομαδοποιήσεις ευνοεί την ανάδυση των σχέσεων μεταξύ κτιριακών και αστικών δομών (Waisman, 1985). Παράλληλα, η αμφισβήτηση της χρονολογικής οργάνωσης της ιστορίας της αρχιτεκτονικής συνδέεται άμεσα με την διερεύνηση διαφορετικών τρόπων πλαισίωσης της γνώσης και νέων μηχανισμών κατανόησης του ιστορικού χρόνου. Από την άλλη πλευρά, οι θεματικές προσεγγίσεις, μέρος των οποίων αποτελούν και οι τυπολογικές μελέτες, για να είναι κατανοητές, οφείλουν να συνδυάζονται με τη συνειδητοποίηση των χρονολογικών ακολουθιών (Morgenthaler, 1995). Η ενσωμάτωση της σχεδιαστικής διαδικασίας και της οπτικής έκφρασης στην ερευνητική διαδικασία και οι δυνατότητες ενεργοποίησης των αλληλεπιδράσεων μεταξύ της σχεδιαστικής διαδικασίας και της ιστορικής ανάλυσης που τη συνοδεύουν, έκφανση της οποίας αποτελεί η αναγνώριση των διδακτορικών διατριβών μέσω σχεδιασμού (PhD by Design) σε διάφορα θεσμικά και γεωγραφικά πλαίσια (DDes GSD Harvard, Phd by Architectural Design Bartlett School of Architecture κτλ.), προκαλεί σημαντικές μεταλλαγές στη θεσμική υπόσταση της έρευνας της αρχιτεκτονικής και καθιστούν αντιληπτή τη συμπληρωματικότητα του ρόλου της διδασκαλίας της ιστορίας της αρχιτεκτονικής και των συνθετικών μαθημάτων. Συγχρόνως, οι δυνατότητες ποσοτικής ανάλυσης των στατιστικών δεδομένων λόγω της ψηφιακής επανάστασης προκαλούν σημαντικούς αναπροσανατολισμούς στις μεθόδους ιστορικής έρευνας.

Η ομιλία αυτή επιδιώκει να αναδείξει τις δυνατότητες αναδιάρθρωσης των μεθόδων διδασκαλίας της ιστορίας και θεωρίας της αρχιτεκτονικής στο σύγχρονο πλαίσιο που στοχεύουν στην όξυνση της δημιουργικής φαντασίας του εκάστοτε φοιτητή και στην κατανόηση της πολιτισμικά και ιστορικά εμποτισμένης διαμόρφωσης της αρχιτεκτονικής έκφρασης. Δύο ερωτήματα στα οποία επιχειρεί να ανταποκριθεί είναι τα εξής: ποιά είναι τα ιδιαίτερα χαρακτηριστικά της εξέλιξης των μεθόδων διδασκαλίας της ιστορίας και της θεωρίας της αρχιτεκτονικής στο Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο; Κατά πόσο οι αρχιτεκτονικές σχολές σήμερα βασίζουν τις λογικές εκπαίδευσης της ιστορίας της αρχιτεκτονικής στην παραδοχή ότι η «αξία» της αρχιτεκτονικής ιστορίας συνδέεται με τη «χρησιμότητά» της για την αρχιτεκτονική πρακτική (Leach, 2010).


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9.  My paper “Artefactual Value and Virtual Archives: The Digital Curator vis-à-vis the Plurality of Entry Points” was presented at the fourth edition of the Université d’été de la Bibliothèque Kandinsky “Sources at work – art collections and museums and the test of the present”

Date: 7 July 2017

Venue: Centre Georges Pompidou

Scientific committee: 

Didier Schulmann, conservateur, Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Nicolas Liucci-Goutnikov, conservateur en charge de la coordination scientifique, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Mica Gherghescu, historienne de l’art, Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Johanne Lamoureux, directrice du département des études et de la recherche, INHA, professeure titulaire d’art contemporain et de méthodologie à l’université de Montréal

Sara Martinetti, historienne de l’art, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Scarlett Reliquet, historienne de l’art et responsable de programmation culturelle, Musée d’Orsay

Alice Thomine, conservatrice en chef, Musée d’Orsay

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10.  My paper “Iakov Chernikhov’s Architectural Fantasies: Overcoming of ‘Mimesis’ through ‘Phantasia’ as Forerunner of Progress” was presented at the 15th Ecole de printemps 2017 of the International Consortium of Art History 

Date: 11 May 2017

Venue: University of Geneva

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11. My paper “A microhistorical genealogy of Aldo Rossi’s transatlantic connections: transplantation and architectural pedagogues and historians” was presented at the international conference “Theory’s History, 196X-199X Challenges in the historiography of architectural knowledge” organised by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Date:  9 February 2017


Hilde Heynen (KU Leuven)

Maarten Delbeke (UGent)

Rajesh Heynickx (KU Leuven)

Yves Schoonjans (KU Leuven)

Teresa Stoppani (Leeds Beckett University)

K. Michael Hays (Harvard)

Joan Ockman (University of Pennsylvania)

Ákos Moravánszky (ETH Zürich)

Łukasz Stanek (University of Manchester)

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12. My paper “Neorealism between Cinema and Architecture: Looking for New Signs” was presented at the 9th International Deleuze Studies Conference “Virtuality, Becoming and Life” 

Dates: 11 – 13 July 2016

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13.  My paper “The debate between contextualism and autonomy in architecture: a genealogy” was presented at the II International Conference on Architectural Design & Criticism critic|all

Dates: 20 – 22 June 2016

Venue: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid

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14. Conference entitled “Entre Bernard Tschumi et Frank Gehry : autour de l’approche déconstructiviste en architecture,” Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris

Date: 13 June 2016

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15. My paper “Towards a Narrative of Connected Geographies: Display of Architecture and Transnational Historywas presented at the European Architectural History Network: 4th International Meeting in Dublin

Dates: 2 – 4 June 2016


16. Marianna Charitonidou, “Towards a Cinemat[ograph]ic Conception in Architecture: The Time-image and the Mouvement-image in the case of Bernard Tschumi”, conference at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles

Date: 30 March 2016


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17. My paper « Vers une écosophie des pratiques architecturales et urbaines » was presented at the International Conference “At the turn of the experience. Questioning what we build, sharing what we face” 

Dates: 11 – 12 March 2016

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18. Contribution to the round table “Habiter, lire et performer en rhizome” at the International Conference “Deleuze : Virtuel, Machines et Lignes de Fuite”

Dates: 1 – 10 August 2015

Venue: Centre Cultural International de Cerisy

 19. My paper “Gilles Deleuze and the nondiscursive arts: from symptomatology to the capture of forces” was presented at the International Conference “Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari: Refrains of Freedom”, which was organised under the auspices of the Canadian Embassy in Greece and the Institut Français de Grèce

Dates: 24 – 26 April 2015

Venue: Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens

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20. My paper “How is Deleuze and Guattari’s Model for Subjectivity Critical for Architectural Theory and Practice Today? The Diagrammatic or Abstract Machine in Contemporary Theory of Architecture” was presented at the 7th International Deleuze Studies Conference, Models, Machines and Memories

Dates: 14 – 16 July 2014

Venue: Istanbul Technical University, School of Architecture

21. My paper “Revisiting the encounters of the social concern with the utopian aspirations: is pragmatist imagination or utopian realism the way to follow?” was presented at the I International Conference on Architectural Design & Criticism critic|all

Dates: 12 – 14 June 2014

Venue:  Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid

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22. My paper “From the research of a modernity that could be at the same time Greek to a multiplicity of the present: ‘Greekness’ in architecture or architecture in Greece?” was presented at the 1st Colloquium of History of Architecture in Greece on the historiography of architecture in Greece in the 20th and 21st century art and architecture between local and globalisation

Dates: 22 – 25 May 2014

Venue: Department of Art Theory and History of Athens School of Fine Arts History

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23. My paper “Scripting Cultures, Parametric Urbanism and Adaptive Ecologies” was presented at the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Environments, Intelligent Cities, Intelligent Users

Dates: 16 – 19 July 2013

Venue: National Technical University of Athens