Friday, April 11
06:30pm - 08:00pm
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Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Free and open to the public
Vitruvius suggested two millennia ago that the architect must be well versed in drawing, geometry, history, philosophy, music, medicine, law, and astronomy. However, architectural history has long struggled to convincingly translate the extensivity required of practice into words about practice, often focusing instead on archetypal buildings and styles primarily in the Western European canon. Today, as architectural history moves beyond narrow histories of individual works and architects (and beyond Eurocentrism), a new set of questions must be raised. Have we convincingly established productive limits around our field? If architecture is understood to be a complex and multifaceted producer of knowledge, stretching from the urban and environmental scale down to ornament and detail, how do we delimit its study? Through talks on environmental history, institutional history, and the history of practice, this conference will interrogate the limits of architectural writing and the practices that produce the objects that architectural historians write about.
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