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A Matter of Opinion

The Qualifications of Contemporary Architectural Criticism
April 11, 2009 - 10:00am

 

A Criticism Conference organized by the Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture
11 April 2009, Knowlton Hall Auditorium 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Through the presentations of current work by a select group of architectural historians, theorists and critics, this conference surveys and analyzes the techniques of description, discernment and discrimination in relation to the issues of architectural criticism today.

  Introductory Remarks
Ann Pendleton-Jullian, Director, Knowlton School of Architecture
10:00am Descriptions
This panel will consider the question of the act of description as a critical operation, in relation to both generating descriptions for yet unnamed phenomena, and the re-description of established entities in a new light.
  “Matter of Facts: The New Casual-ty, revisited”
John McMorrough, The Ohio State University
  "Dictionary Entry: IAUS"
Lucia Allais, Princeton University Society of Fellows
  “Architecture as Corporate Ontology; or, the Topology of the System of Objects”
John Harwood, Oberlin College
  Timothy Hyde: Moderator
1:00pm Discriminations
This panel will consider the role of qualitative judgments in architectural writing and explore the means and frameworks by which it is possible to make such claims today.
  “Winning”
Jeannie Kim, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
  "Britain's Ugliest Building"
Timothy Hyde, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  “Under Constraint”
Enrique Walker, Columbia University
  Ana Miljacki: Moderator
3:00pm Discernments
This panel will examine how the qualities of novelty, criteria without previous definition, can be made legible, or understood in relation to emerging conditions.
  “Disciplinary Kickbacks”
Penelope Dean, University of Illinois at Chicago
  “Opting to Matter: situating concerns”
Ariane Lourie Harrison, Yale School of Architecture
  “Adaptations: The Architectural Project in The Age of Postproduction”
Ana Miljacki, MIT School of Architecture and Planning
  John McMorrough: Moderator