Architecture Conference Examines Temporalism

March 23, 2007

Architectural historians and theorists gathered at the Cornell AAP NYC Center on March 2, 2007, for an intensive half-day conference titled “Temporalism.” The event was organized by Brandon Hookway, visiting lecturer in the Department of Architecture, and Stephen Phillips, assistant professor of design at CalPoly. Also making presentations were David Leatherbarrow and Helene Furjan, both from the University of Pennsylvania; Ed Keller, co-founder of a|Um STUDIO; Joan Ockman and Felicity Scott of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture; Antoine Picon, professor of history of architecture at Harvard; and Spyridon Papatros, assistant professor in the school of architecture at Princeton.

The focus of “Temporalism” was the ways time impacts the discipline of architecture. Participants discussed discipline-specific temporal concerns in relation to wider historic, cultural, and technological contexts, exploring two related strands in contemporary architectural discourse. The first was the ongoing critical reappraisal of the canon of 20th-century architecture, in the light of greater awareness of the role played by media and technology in the formation of culture. The second strand of discourse concerned contemporary experimental design that operates in the realm of systems behavior (whether formal, structural, infrastructural, experimental, network, design model, pattern, animation, script, or organizational systems).  

The conference was followed by a reception and exhibition of work by the participants and other architectural practices.

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