Blackwell will discuss a sequence of his urban art works that explore the inclusiveness of public space, the poetics of urban intervention and the violence of gentrification. The talk will present these projects alongside a sequence of diagrams illustrating the philosophical, political and urban ideas that inform them, using the concept of topology to express the relationship between virtual diagrams and actual spaces.
Adrian Blackwell is an artist and urban designer whose work focuses on the relation between physical spaces and social forces. He has exhibited his work in the 2005 Shenzhen Biennale, 2011 Chengdu Biennale and at London’s Architectural Association. His current research focuses on the political potential of architectural design, the disappearance of public housing in North America, and the indeterminate zone between the urban and the rural in contemporary China. Adrian Blackwell teaches architecture and urbanism at the University of Toronto and is currently a visiting assistant professor at the GSD. He is a co-founder and editor of the journal Scapegoat: Architecture / Landscape / Political Economy.
As always there will be plenty of pizza and discussion.
See you there, -The LLLS Team
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