Colloque : « Actors and Vehicles of Architectural Criticism: Second International Workshop ‘Mapping Architectural Criticism’ » (Bologne, 4-5 octobre 2016)



This second international workshop takes into consideration the actors and the vehicles of criticism: with these terms it refers to both the agents of criticism (critics, architects, historians, publishers, photographers, institutions, etc.) and the media through which criticism is disseminated (press, photography, exhibitions, etc.). The workshop aims to expand the knowledge about the specific functions of these actors and their networks and to outline their mutual relationships. The four sessions investigate the links between the actors, the media of criticism, and the historical contexts within which they materialize, as well as the cultural, intellectual, and institutional milieus from which they originate.

Actors and Vehicles of Architectural Criticism. Second International Workshop ‘Mapping Architectural Criticism’, organized by Université Rennes 2 and Università di Bologna

Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural Criticism 20th and 21st Centuries, a Cartography
Université Rennes 2 – Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR-14-CE31-0019-01)
Scientific Coordinator : Hélène Jannière

Bologna, October 4-5, 2016



9.00-12.30 Foresteria San Giovanni in Monte, Conference Room

9.00 Welcome Address (Giovanni Leoni, Dipartimento di Architettura, Università di Bologna)

9.15 Introduction (Paolo Scrivano, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Giovanni Leoni, Università di Bologna, Hélène Jannière, Université Rennes 2)

Session 1: Vehicles and Actors: Journals, Newspapers and their Editors
Chair: Paolo Scrivano, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

9.30 Stephen PARNELL, Newcastle University,
Actors of Criticism: How the Editors of AD Magazine shaped Architecture

10.00 Jasna GALJER, University of Zagreb,
The Role of Architectural Journals between Medium and the Message

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 Ishraq Z. KHAN, North South University,
A Journal and a Newsletter: Criticism and Provocation in a Developing Nation

11.30 Carlos MACHADO e MOURA, PhD Candidate, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto,
From Satire to Criticism: Comics in Architecture Publications in the 1960s and 1970s

12.00 Discussion

Keynote lecture > Accademia delle Scienze, Sala di Ulisse, Palazzo Poggi

14.30 Réjean LEGAULT, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Agendas, Actors and Authorship: Reconsidering The New Brutalism. Ethic or Aesthetic?

16.30-19.00 Foresteria San Giovanni in Monte, Conference Room

Session 2: Actors or Vehicles? Institutions, Exhibitions, Competitions
Chair: Anna Rosellini, Dipartimento delle Arti – DARvipem, Università di Bologna

16.30 Matthew J. WELLS, Ph.D Candidate, Royal College of Art / Victoria & Albert Museum, London,
Knowledge, History, and Work: Critical Positions at the Royal Institute of British Architects 1889-1924

17.00 Mathilde SIMONSEN DAHL, Ph.D Candidate, Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies (OCCAS-AHO),
The 1924 Form and Color show and the Critique of Architecture Criticism

17.30 Ellen VAN IMPE, Centre for Flemish Architectural Archives, Vlaamse Architectuur Instituut (Flanders Architecture Institute), Antwerp,
Architectural Exhibitions as Critical Actor in Belgium 1883-1972

18.00 Ines TOLIC, Università di Bologna,
“Borba’: a Daily Newspaper, an Architecture Prize and the Spectacle of Criticism

18.30 Discussion

Visit of the Exhibition La critica italiana e le culture del progetto (1945-1960). Strumenti, Temi, Attori, organized by the Dottorato di Ricerca in Architettura, Università di Bologna



8.45-13.00 Università di Bologna, Biblioteca del Dipartimento di Architettura

8.45 Introduction

Session 3: Vehicles: ‘Visual’ Criticism
Chair: Nathalie Boulouch, Université Rennes 2 – Archives de la critique d’art, Rennes

9.00 Michele STAVAGNA, Independant scholar, Berlin,
Writing through the Eye of an Architect. Erich Mendelsohn’s Visual Criticism

9.30 Heliana ANGOTTI-SALGUEIRO and Ruth VERDE ZEIN, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo,
Blending Textual and Visual Rhetoric for a Critical Discourse: Oscar Niemeyer and Marcel Gautherot at Modulo (1955-1962)

10.00 Matteo CASSANI SIMONETTI, Università di Bologna,
Among Criticism, Design and Photography. A Literary and Photographic Way for the Criticism in Shared Works by Vittorio Savi, Aldo Rossi and Luigi Ghirri (1972-1989)

10.30 Coffee Break

Session 4: Critical Competencies: Non-Canonical Architectural Critics and Criticism
Chair: Anne Hultzsch, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL London and OCCAS, Oslo University

11.00 Anna KLOKE, Technische Universität Dortmund,
The Manifesto as a Vehicle of Criticism in Architectural Discourse

11.30 Lutz ROBBERS, Jade University, Oldenburg,
Delirious Realism: The Intermedial Architectural Criticism of Siegfried Kracauer

12.00 Erik WEGERHOFF, Technische Universität, München,
On Via Gluck: Adriano Celentano as Architectural Critic

12.30 Closing discussion and announce of the forthcoming activities of the ANR Mapping Architectural Criticism research project



Nathalie Boulouch (Université Rennes 2 and Archives de la critique d’art)
Anne Hultzsch (Bartlett School London and OCCAS, Oslo University)
Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2)
Giovanni Leoni (Università di Bologna)
Paolo Scrivano (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University)
Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich),
Suzanne Stephens (Barnard College, Columbia University)
Alice Thomine-Berrada (Musée d’Orsay, Paris)



Université Rennes 2- EA 1279, Histoire et critique des arts
Università di Bologna – Dipartimento di Architettura – Dottorato di Ricerca in Architettura

Alessandro Benetti
Nicolas Bisensang
Matteo Cassani-Simonetti
Guillemette Chéneau-Deysine
Hélène Jannière
Giovanni Leoni
Anna Rosellini

La critica italiana e le culture del progetto (1945-1960). Strumenti, temi, attori
Pierpaolo Ascari, Andrea Borsari, Matteo Cassani Simonetti, Elena Formia, Giovanni Leoni, Anna Rosellini, Matteo Sintini


Tuesday, October 4th
Conference Room, Foresteria San Giovanni in Monte,
Via De’ Chiari 8, Bologna

Keynote Lecture
Accademia delle Scienze, Sala di Ulisse, Palazzo Poggi,
via Zamboni 33, Bologna

Wednesday, October 5th
Università di Bologna, Biblioteca del Dipartimento di Architettura,
Viale del Risorgimento 2, Bologna

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