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Event at London Metropolitan University : AHRA Conference

Architecture Conference at the London Metropolitan University

1 Nov 2012

London Metropolitan University Event

AHRA Conference

15 – 17 Nov 2012

International Conference

The 9th AHRA Conference ‘Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence’ will be hosted by the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design.

Keynote speakers include Keller Easterling, Felicity D. Scott, Alexander Brodsky, David Crowley and Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss.

This conference aims to reflect on the relevance of the concept of dissidence for architectural practice today.

Although dissidence has been primarily associated with architectural practices in the Eastern Bloc at the end of the Cold War period, contemporary architectural and other aesthetic practices have in recent years developed a host of new methodologies and techniques for articulating their distance from and critique of dominant political and financial structures.

Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence asks how we can conceive of the contemporary political problems and paradoxes of architecture in relation to their precedents? Devoid of the agency of action, Cold War dissidents articulated their positions in drawings of fantasy-like paper architecture, while contemporary forms of architectural practice seem to gravitate towards activism and direct-action in the world.

The political issues – from interventions in charged areas worldwide to research in conflict zones and areas undergoing transformations – currently stimulate a field of abundant invention in contemporary architecture. Both, Cold War dissidents and contemporary activists encounter problems and paradoxes and must navigate complex political force fields within which possible complicities are inherent risks. This conference seeks to map out and expand on the methodologies of architectural action and reinvigorate the concept of dissent within the architectural/spatial field of the possible.

Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design
London Metropolitan University
Spring House
40-44 Holloway Road
London N7 8JL

Architecture Events information from the London Metropolitan University Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design

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North London Architecture – Selection

Centre for Lifelong Learning, Blackstock Rd, Finsbury Park, north east London
Design: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Centre for Lifelong Learning on the London Metropolitan University Events page
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Centre for Lifelong Learning Islington

Emirates Stadium, Arsenal, north east London
Design: HOK Sport
Emirates Stadium Building
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Emirates Stadium

Hornsey Town Hall, Crouch End
Design: Reginald Uren
Hornsey Town Hall
photo © Adrian Welch
Hornsey Town Hall

Sadlers Wells Theatre, northeast London
Design: RHWL with Nicholas Hare Architects
Sadlers Wells Theatre
photograph © Nick Weall
Sadlers Wells Theatre

Holloway – Housing, west of Holloway Road, north London
Design: various architects
Holloway Housing
photograph © Adrian Welch
Holloway Road housing

London Buildings – Selection

Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament

Lawn Road Flats, Hampstead
Design: Wells Coates

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey

London Metropolitan University Public Square

Website: Visit London

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