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  • Architecture Before Speech: A Conversation


    Cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    An evening with K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, and Andrew Holder, Assistant Professor of Architecture, in which they discuss their exhibition, Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech(Druker Design Gallery, January 22 – March 11, 2018).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If recent theory has highlighted architecture’s turn to evident resemblance and signification, we argue this tendency has also produced its other: The landscape of contemporary practice is filled with work whose motivating interests are anterior to meaning and averse to thematization; they are, in a way, pre-speech. Projects in this mode are born of the original human postulate to claim a place in the world, to confirm having been there, to make and mark a difference. “Inscriptions” is a broad survey of work that problematizes, resists, and exceeds signification by appealing to other kinds of cultural engagements, agreements, and fantasies of architecture’s origins. Important projects by Harvard University Graduate School of Design faculty spanning more than 35 years of practice are interspersed as conceptual keystones among works from emerging architects across the American academy, offering a theory of the structural relationships that bind and organize even the apparent delirium of the contemporary field.

    A reception for the exhibition will take place in the Druker Design Gallery immediately following the lecture.

    (Description found on the Harvard GSD website; All rights reserved to them. To find out more about the speakers and participants please visit: http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/k-michael-hays-and-andrew-holder-exhibition-lecture-inscriptions/)