Saturday, May 26, 2007

Imagination and Ethics Reflected in Architecture Conference With a Difference

Reconciling Poetics and Ethics in Architecture Conference
The History of Theory of Architecture Program,
McGill University School of Architecture, Montreal, Quebec
September 13 - 15, 2007

The program for this conference begins with three challenging questions:

How can architects reconcile their wish to design a beautiful world and the imperative to create a better place for society? Is there a responsible place for the architect's personal imagination in a world of opposing views, cultures and political agendas? For whom should architect's design?

Just a few of the many topics and presentations to be featured:
  • Empathy of the Other. Spaces of Empathy and Ethics
  • Historical Studies and Imagination
  • Narratives of Utopia
  • The Spiritual Exercise of Architecture
  • Ambulating Through Choreographed Landscapes
  • Messy Urbanisms
  • An Experiential Tale of Two Buildings

Reconciling Poetics and Ethics in Architecture will be held at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and McGill University. Among the highlights are: keynote address by Juhani Pallasmaa to be followed by a reception co-hosted by the Embassy of Finland; the exhibition “70 Architects” at the Centre de design at UQAM; tour of the CCA; plenary presentations by Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Lily Chi, Marco Frascari, and David Leatherbarrow; and the 20th Anniversary of History and Theory of Architecture Banquet.
See conference website for more information.