Lara Schrijver, Françoise Fromonot & Cornelia Escher

Revisiting Ungers and Koolhaas

8 March 2022 / 17:00 - 18:30
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In her latest book, Lara Schrijver takes a closer look at the intellectual legacy of Oswald Mathias Ungers and Rem Koolhaas. She argues that these two architects pioneered a form of situated autonomy and design-based discourse that provides a foundation for recalibrating architecture today.

On 8 March 8 Lara enters into conversation with Françoise Fromonot and Cornelia Escher about the relevance of these ideas for today.

About Lara Schrijver - Universiteit Antwerpen

Lara Schrijver is professor in architecture theory at the University of Antwerp Faculty of Design Sciences. Her research focuses on twentieth-century architecture and its theories.She is editor for the KNOB Bulletin and has served as editor for Footprint journal and OASE. She is author of Radical Games (2009).She is co-editor of Autonomous Architecture in Flanders (2016), and editor of The Tacit Dimension: Architecture Knowledge and Scientific Research (2021).

About Françoise Fromonot - ENSA Paris - Belville

Françoise Fromonot is an architect and critic based in Paris. She is currently Professor in design, history and theory at the ENSA Paris-Belleville. She has been contributing editor to l’Architecture d’Aujourd'hui (Paris), joint editor of le visiteur (Paris), and columnist for A+ (Brussels). She was founding member and contributing editor of the journal criticat (www.criticat.fr). She has authored award-winning monographs on contemporary architecture, including Glenn Murcutt-Buildings and Projects (1995, revised and enlarged in 2003) and Jørn Utzon and the Sydney Opera House (1998-1999). She has written a critical account of the renovation of central Paris in two volumes: La Campagne des Halles - Les Nouveaux malheurs de Paris (2005), and La Comédie des Halles – Intrigue et mise en scène (2019). Most recently, she directed a monograph on the large-scale projects of French landscape architect Michel Desvigne (Transforming Landscapes, 2020), and is preparing a collection of essays for MIT Press, which will propose unexpected interpretations of some famous modern buildings.

About Cornelia Escher - Kunstakademie Düsseldorf 

Cornelia Escher teaches the history and theory of architecture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. She received her doctorate in 2014 from the ETH Zurich. Subsequently she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Leibnizpreis research group Global Processes at the University of Konstanz. Her research and publications focus on the history and theory of architecture in the 19th and 20th century, the global history of architecture and architecture and sociology. Her publications include the book Zukunft entwerfen [Designing the future] (gta Verlag 2017) as well as articles in Arch+, the Journal of Urban History and the Journal of Architecture. She has recently curated exhibitions at FRAC Centre, Orléans and CIVA Brussels. Together with Lars Fischer she has initiated the research and teaching project Negotiating Ungers, which critically assesses Ungers’ design practice.