Symposium on Architecture: “Anachronometrics”

“Anachronometrics” is a neologism denoting an act of temporal displacement in which one seizes on the future or past as a point of comparison, to emphasize differences. This series of talks and conversations will examine the relationships that contemporary architects and commentators on architecture have established between history and practice. Presentations by GSD faculty and guests will focus on selected objects of historical significance, exploring the modes of interpretation or repetition, states of anxiety, and other attitudes evoked by the objects. Students and recent graduates will respond to these talks and open a general discussion.

This event, whose program is curated by public programs manager Shantel Blakely and research associate Collin Gardner, coincides with the concurrent exhibition Happening Now: Historiography in the Making, which features a selection of items from the archive, on display in Loeb Library. “Anachronometrics” is the final episode of the Symposium on Architecture “All that is Solid . . . ,” organized by Iñaki Ábalos, professor in residence of architecture, which has explored issues that architects face in the process of designing buildings. Previous panel discussions in the series, with speakers selected by department faculty, were “Design Techniques” (2013–14), “Organization or Design” (2015), and “Interior Matters” (2016).

Schedule (timing is approximate)

12:00 p.m.: Introductions

Collin Gardner, “Other Times”
Michael Hays, “Anachronometrics”

12:20 p.m. Panel 1 (15 mins. each)

Andrew Holder, on William Gilpin's Remarks on Forest Scenery
Andrea Zanderigo, on San Rocco and San Rocco
Ed Eigen, on the Harvard GSD shield

Responses: Caio Barboza, Anthony Morey, Sara Arfaian, Eli Keller

Audience questions

1:30 p.m.: Interlude

Peter Carl on Robin Evans
Responses and Comments by Cameron Wu

2:10 p.m. Panel 2  (15 mins. each)

Emanuel Christ, on Kunstmuseum Basel
Krzysztof Wodiczko, on Kunstmuseum Basel
Sonja Dümpelmann, “On Ghosts and Graphophones”

Responses: Alexander Porter, Sofia Blanco Santos, Matthew Allen

Audience questions

Concluding remarks and discussion

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