City Axioms: Urban In/security

When: 28 Apr
kl. 14.00-17.00

Location: Aula Magna, Stockholms Universitet

Joshua Comaroff, Architect and Geographer, Lekker Design, SingaporeFelicity D. Scott, Architect, Columbia UniversityFrancis Cody, Anthropologist, University of TorontoKatja Grillner, Architect, Royal Technological Institute, Stockholm

Singapore is a paradigm of authoritarian landscape, where the environment provides an instrumental set of processes and practices for shaping a nation and structuring its envelope of human possibility. This presentation asks how landscape is deployed as a form of warfare, or, more precisely, how it operates in an urban setting as a substitute for more police, barricades, or instruments of surveillance. Joshua Comaroff is an architect practicing in Singapore. He is also a geographer and has published widely on topics of architecture, geography and political philosophy.

Social, environmental and territorial injustices and instabilities suggest the need for further historical scrutiny of the apparent neutrality of quantitative methodologies in architecture. Looking at the development of techniques of controlling allegedly insecure urban and environmental systems and the populations who inhabited them, this talk will address the recasting of the architect’s role within the institutional context of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the late 1960s and early ’70s, a period, in the US, seemingly threatened by urban insurrection both at home and abroad. Felicity D. Scott is director of the program in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University, where she also teaches architectural history and theory.

Discussion with:
Francis Cody, University of Toronto and Katja Grillner, KTH, Stockholm

City Axioms is a series of open lectures and discussions on contemporary ideologies and practices of urban design. A Common Ground Forum for Contesting Common Sense Urbanity.

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