Beatriz Colomina is the Howard Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture at Princeton University and a 2018–2019 fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. She writes and curates on questions of design, art, sexuality and media. Her books include Sexuality and Space (Princeton Architectural Press, 1992), Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (MIT Press, 1994), Domesticity at War (MIT Press, 2007), The Century of the Bed (Verlag fur Moderne Kunst, 2015), Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies (Sternberg, 2014), Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X–197X (Actar, 2010), Are We Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design (Lars Müller, 2016). She has curated a number of exhibitions including Clip/Stamp/Fold (2006), Playboy Architecture (2012) and Radical Pedagogies (2014). In 2016 she was co-curator of the third Istanbul Design Biennial. Her latest book is X-Ray Architecture (Lars Müller, 2019).
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Towards a Radical Pedagogy
Date: Day 2 – 15:00
Location: Notenbank, Weimar
In the 1960s and 70s a series of intense but short-lived experiments in architectural education profoundly transformed the landscape, methods and politics of the discipline of architecture. These experiments around the world can be understood as radical architectural practices in their own right. This challenge to normative thinking was a major force in the post-war field of architecture, and has surprisingly been neglected in contemporary thinking. Reconstructing the relations between these radicalisms and architectural education, beyond nostalgia for the 1960’s, offers new insights into the urgent concerns of today and the possibility for new kinds of theory, teaching and practice.