Historian and theorist Lucia Allais presents an exploration of the design of the Unesco Complex in Paris between 1952 and 1959, inaugural Detlef Mertins Lecture on the Histories of Modernity.
lecture: Lucia ALLAIS with Amale ANDRAOS (introduction) and Barry BERGDOLL & Felicity SCOTT (response).
6.30 p.m. / Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
1172 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
I came to focus on things that had been misunderstood or overlooked in the historical record and could, therefore, serve as mediators for new thought and design. The writing of architectural history can close down the past or open it up anew. It can bind historical experience into yet another ism . . .or it can unlock the life and modernité that resides even in the modernisms we already have.
— Detlef Mertins
Supported by Keller Easterling, the Mertins Family, and Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown.
Lecture Committee: Keller Easterling; Barry Bergdoll; Edward Dimendberg; and Felicity Scott.