Colloquium “Writing Automobile Histories”, 5 March 2021
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Chair of the History and Theory of Urban Design at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at ETH Zürich
This colloquium is based upon the postdoctoral research that Marianna Charitonidou is undertaking at the Chair of the History and Theory of Urban Design, since September 2019. This postdoctoral project entitled “The Travelling Architect’s Eye: Photography and Automobile Vision”, is based on the hypothesis that the view from the car has established a new epistemology of the urban landscape and the territory at large. It explores the views from the car produced by architects and tries to better understand how this epistemological shift influenced architectural thinking and practice. It wants to comprehend how the automobile, since its invention, has reshaped our conceptions of space, revolutionizing the way architects perceive the city and contributing significantly to the transformation of the relationship between architecture and the city.
Theme of the colloquium
The automobile reshaped our conceptions of space revolutionizing the way architects perceive the urban environment and contributing significantly to the transformation of the relationship between architecture and the city. No other factor changed the city so drastically during the twentieth century. Many architects and architectural critics and theorists have been attracted to ‘automobile vision’.
This colloquium aims to untie the specificity of car travel as a new episteme, addressing issues related to the emergence of the new perceptual regimes that emerged thanks to the automobile. Iain Borden (The Bartlett School of Architecture – UCL), Jae Emerling (College of Arts + Architecture University of North Carolina), and Martino Stierli (The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design The Museum of Modern Art) are invited to share approaches that can trigger new theoretical frameworks for tackling the automobile vision of architects and urban designers.
To fully grasp the multiple effects of the car on the way that architects approach the city, new historical perspectives and theoretical concepts seem to be required. In our Colloquium “Writing Automobile Histories” we want to explore such an alternative historiographic and theoretical vantage points.
After the colloquium a workshop was organised. During this workshop the speakers were invited to give a 10 mins feedback to the methodology that is employed in the postdoctoral project of Dr. ir. Marianna Charitonidou. At this occasion, we intend to have a more informal discussion on the challenges of writing automobile histories.
May – June 2019 Member of the organization committee of theinternational 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
Conveners: 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
I had as well the pleasure to design the poster of this event
May 2014 Member of the organisation committee of he Congress of Architectural History “Historiography of Architecture in Greece between XX and XXI Century. Architecture and Art since the end of Neoclassicism until the early 21st century. Architecture and Arts between Greekness and Globalization”
Department of Art Theory and History of Athens School of Fine Arts History
Convenor: Prof. Andreas Giacumacatos
Venue: Athens School of Fine Arts History