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Synopsis

U-topia


International Chair: Jean-Louis Cohen,
Institut français d’architecture, Paris, FR

Canadian Chair: Pierre du Prey,
Queen’s University, Kingston, CA

 

The imagination of space has long been associated with its unsited idealization. U-topia may be the neutralization of space but it has fostered new and stimulating conceptions of the social, religious and political orders as well as a wide range of disfunctional modalities (dystopia). Through landscape traditions, depictions of ideal cities or imaginary architecture, utopias have long been an important theme for art practices; but alongside utopia in art the question of art as utopia also opens a significant field of investigation.

Delphine Aboulker, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris, FR
Les communautés utopiques de la modernité

Oliver A. I. Botar, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, CA
László Moholy-Nagy’s Biocentric Utopia

Charles Burroughs, Binghamton University, Binghamton, US
Brunelleschi – Architectural Rationalism, Utopianism, and the Question of Origins

Renzo Dubbini, Dipartimento di Storia dell’Architettura, Università IUAV di Venezia, IT
Eterotopie e senso della storia: dai panorami alle esposizioni universali

Christopher Heuer, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles / University of California, Berkeley, US
Mannerism’s Dystopia

Peter Krieger, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, MX
Modern Traffic Dystopia: The Elevated Highway

Stanley Mathews, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva (NY), US
Cedric Price’s Potteries Thinkbelt as Utopic Landscape

Indra McEwen, Concordia University, Montréal, CA
Places fortes and U-topia: The Birth of the Modern State

Jörg Merz, Universität Augsburg, DE
Visions of Peace – Projects for the Hillside of the Pincio at Piazza del Popolo in Rome 1809-1815

Carmen Popescu, Laboratoire de recherches sur l’histoire du patrimoine français, Paris, FR
Vivre dans l’Eu-topia

Marie Theres Stauffer, Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rome, IT
Zur Funktion und Struktur des Utopischen in Superstudios „Monumento Continuo“ und Archizooms „No-Stop City“

Leslie Topp, Oxford Brookes University, Headington, Oxford, GB
A Utopia of the Mad: Otto Wagner and the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital in Vienna, 1903-07

Caroline van Eck, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL
Utopia and Meaning in English Imaginary Church Architecture of the Seventeenth Century

Jean-Louis Violeau, Laboratoire Architecture-Culture-Société, École d’architecture Paris-Malaquais / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris, FR
MVRDV ou l’utopie à l’heure du « développement durable »

Julie F. Codell,
Arizona State University, Tempe, US
EMPIRE AS GESAMTKUNSTWERK : DELHI CORONATION DURBARS AS UTOPIAN/ATOPIAN SPECTACLES OF THE IMAGINED EMPIRE

Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA
A Modernist Ultimate Thule