Initiative & Institution Symposium

Friday, 07.03.08, 11.00

trigger talks and discussion:
jens brandt (supertanker)
maurice mitchell & annika grafweg
chair: jeremy till

Listen to the mp3 here: Initiative & Institution – Symposium – Exercise – 07.03.08


Jeremy Till is Professor of Architecture and Head of School at the University of Sheffield. He is also partner in Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. He has been involved in a number of important educational initiatives, including the RIBA Stansfield Smith Review. He is presently on the council of SCHOSA (Standing Conference of Heads of School of Architecture).

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What do architects bring to the table that others cannot or do not?

How does one deploy knowledge positively without imposing power negatively?

Does an architecture that challenges procedural norms (an architecture of initiative/participation) have to have its own aesthetic? Does an architecture of provisionality have to look provisional? Or, to be blunt, how do we avoid red shed syndrome? (Red shed syndrome came to me after a two day symposium of international alternative practice, in which a common feature of the presentations was a shed, often red, the best ones on wheels).


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