Time Matters GSD: Launching of OBL/QUE, A Journal on Critical Conservation


Is a new journal on architecture and critical conservation theory founded and edited by GSD students. This journal is born by identifying a void in the conservation field and recognizing the necessity and desire to fill areas in the field that lack deep conversation. Reduced to a technical task that ignores its philosophical dimension, or to aesthetic justifications that mask political decisions, conservation practice has remained under-theorized for almost a century. It is time for a change.

The presentation of the first volume consists of four theoretical propositions and their illustration through contemporary architectural examples, addressing the contested realms of history, memory, identity, and autonomy. This will be followed by a response by Prof. Michael Hays and PhD students and an open discussion with the audience.

The event will take place on November 16th from 6:30-8:00pm at the Harvard Graduate School of Design at Stubbins room (48 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA).



Introduction of OBL/QUE Volume 1 / Editor: Natalia Escobar

Introductory remarks / Editorial Committee: Javier Ors, Francesca Romana Forlini, Yoonjee Koh

Introductory remarks by Prof. Michael Hays



Scaffoldings or Architecture in Distraction: The Restoration of the Supreme Court and the Disruption Instant  / Erica Rothman.

Alfredo Jaar, “The Geometry of Conscience,” The Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile / Marielsa Castro

Druot, Lacaton & Vassal, “Plus” Principle and the Preservation of the Domestic Condition / Francesca Romana Forlini

Graham Harman, The Thingness of a Figure  / Zachary Mathews & Zahra Safaverdi


Responses by:

Prof. Michael Hays, Bryan Norwood, and Katherine Pratter

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