The Tuesday Lectures – Fall 2018

Lecture series about architecture history and theory

The Tuesday Lectures give an introduction to the history and theory of Western architecture from ancient Greece to our present time in a survey like manner for 1st-year and 2nd-year students. The Thuesday Lectures for 3rd-year students will be about Isms & Ologies: Architecture Theories Of The Immediate Future.

Within the individual lectures the focus shifts between the presentation of concepts, phenomena, geographical regions, and exemplary buildings and architects. Specific emphasis is laid on the embedding of Nordic architecture history into a global context.

Each semester, the chronologically organized survey lectures are supplemented by two History/Theory in Practice (HIP/TIP) lectures, in which architects, curators, historians, theoreticians and other experts present works that exemplify the relevance of architecture history and theory for contemporary practice.

When:

  • Lectures for 1st-year students start at 14.30
  • Lectures for 2nd-year students start at 10.30
  • Lectures for 3rd-year students start at 13.00

Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, Gymnatiksalen, Paradisgade 4 – 6, 8000 Aarhus C
Duration: 60 – 90 min
First lecture: 4 September 2018
Last lecture: 4 December 2018

The lectures are open to everyone. Registration not needed.

Programme of lectures for 1st-year students

4 September 2018

1st year
Why & how?
Introduction to the History of Architecture
Professor MSO Ruth Baumeister

11 September 2018

1st year
Antique Greek Architecture
Assistant Professor Christoffer Thoborg

18 September 2018

1st year
Antique Roman Architecture
Teaching Associate Professor Peter Mandal Hansen

25 September 2018

1st and 2nd year at 14.30
Mind-Building: The Public Library as the Mirror of Societal Development, Case Finland
Anni Vartola, Aalto University Helsinki/Curator Venice Biennale 2018

2 October 2018

1st year
Byzantine and Early Christian Architecture
Astrid Steffensen, Aarhus

9 October 2018

1st year
Romanesque Architecture
Astrid Steffensen, Aarhus

23 October 2018

1st year
Gothic Architecture
Astrid Steffensen, Aarhus

30 October 2018

1st year
Brunelleschi, Alberti, and 15th century Italian Humanism
Associate Professor Jonathan Foote

6 November 2018

1st year and 2nd year ay 14.30
HIP: Digital Mediations
Carlos Bayod, Factum Arte, Madrid

13 November 2018

1st year
St. Peter’s in Rome: 16th century Italy
Associate Professor Jonathan Foote

20 November 2018

1st year
Palladio and Michelangelo: late 16th century Italy and beyond
Associate Professor Jonathan Foote

27 November 2018

1st year
Architecture as built emotion: 17th century
Associate Professor Jonathan Foote

4 December 2018

1st year
Northern Baroque: 17th and 18th centuries
Associate Professor Jonathan Foote

Programme of lectures for 2nd-year students

4 September 2018

2nd year
Space Odysseys: Introduction to the History of Modern Architecture
Professor MSO Ruth Baumeister

11 September 2018

2nd year
America High, Broad and Wide
Teaching Associate Professor Peter Mandal Hansen

18 September 2018

2nd year
The Challenge of the Metropolis- New Production – New Aesthetics
Professor Tom Nielsen

25 September 2018

1st and 2nd year at 14.30
Mind-Building: The Public Library as the Mirror of Societal Development, Case Finland
Anni Vartola, Aalto University Helsinki/Curator Venice Biennale 2018

2 October 2018

2nd year
No lecture

9 October 2018

2nd year
From Classicism to Cubism
Research Assistant Carolina Dayer

23 October 2018

2nd year
Purism: Le Corbusier before the WWII
Professor MSO Ruth Baumeister

30 October 2018

2nd year
Expressionism and Bauhaus
Professor MSO Ruth Baumeister

6 November 2018

1st year and 2nd year at 14.30
HIP: Digital Mediations
Carlos Bayod, Factum Arte, Madrid

13 November 2018

2nd year
Elementarism between Mies and De Stijl
Professor MSO Ruth Baumeister

20 November 2018

2nd year
Futurism and Rationalism in Fascist Italy
Teaching Associate Professor Peter Mandal Hansen

27 November 2018

2nd year
Social Reform & Revolution
Teaching Associate Professor Peter Mandal Hansen

4 December 2018

2nd year
Internationalization: Networks and Spectacles
Professor MSO Ruth Baumeister

Isms & Ologies: Architecture Theories Of The Immediate Future

Architecture theory deals with fundamental issues that are related to building, e.g. questions about form, composition, material and production, matters of purpose and use, as well as aesthetic concerns. At the same time, it interrogates the position of the architect and the situation of the discipline in relation to our environment and society. While doing this, it neither provides an absolute authority in judging architecture nor does it offer specific solutions on how to design and build. Instead, architecture theory represents a critical reflection on ´how what and why´ we create our built environment. It aims to shed light on the cultural meaning of architects’ works in a dynamically advancing field of various different economical, technological and social forces. Thus, architecture theory questions, explains, affirms and reformulates concepts that human beings implement to create their built environment.

Rather than presenting an overview of significant architectural theories over time, Isms & Ologies provides an introduction to selected theories in an eclectic manner and elaborates on their application to architecture, landscape and urbanism. The goal is to explain specific phenomena and movements within certain historical and geographic boundaries and teach students the ability of critical thinking, which is essential for becoming architects when it comes to observing, understanding and creating architecture in the future. Each semester, the regular lectures are supplemented with Theory in Practice (TIP) lectures. In TIP lectures, philosophers, architects, curators and authors for example present ´works and activities which exemplify both the relevance and the significance of architectural theory for contemporary practice.

Programme for 3rd-year students

11 September

Introduction to the Theory of Architecture
Professor MSO Ruth Baumeister

18 September

Marxism
Professor emeritus Niels Albertsen

25 September

Materialism
Associate Professor Jonathan Foote

2 October

Self-study

9 October

Maxims of Minimalism
Research Assistant Carolina Dayer

23 October

Pragmatism
Associate Professor Claus Peder Pedersen

30 October

Technological Unrest. Architecture in the Age of Cybernetics
Georg Vrachliotis, Karlsruhe

6 November

Self-study

13 November

Phenomenology
Associate Professor Michael Asgaard Andersen

20 November

Neoliberalism
Professor Tom Nielsen

27 November

Situationism
Professor MSO Ruth Baumeister