Toward a Geography of Architectural Criticism: Disciplinary Boundaries and Shared Territories / Mapping Architectural Criticism Third International Symposium

Paris, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, 2, rue Vivienne / Académie d’Architecture, 9 place des Vosges, April 3 – 04, 2017

Architectural Criticism 20th and 21st Centuries, a Cartography (ANR-14-CE31-0019-01) – Agence Nationale de la Recherche

organized by  Rennes 2 University, with the support of Les Archives de la Critique d’art, Rennes and Académie d’Architecture, Paris

This international symposium is part of the ANR research project Mapping Architectural Criticism (, which aims
to develop a field of research on the history of architectural criticism, from the last decades of the 19th century to the present
day. The symposium intends to debate two key questions related to the geographies of criticism: what are criticism’s disciplinary boundaries
and which territories has criticism shared from the last decades of the 19th to the end of the 20th century with other disciplines.
In the first place, the symposium interrogates the overlapping of architectural criticism with different kinds of architectural writing,
in particular those pertaining to architectural history and theory, but also those stemming from other disciplines.
The symposium is equally aimed at highlighting the relationships, the common terrains, and the conceptual tools that architectural criticism
has in common with other genres of criticism, such as art criticism and literary criticism.
The term “territory” is used here to refer primarily to the various disciplinary fields on which criticism relies and from which it borrows
its concepts and patterns of interpretation, as well as its intellectual tools. The term “boundary”, for its part, is used to
denote the zones of exchange and confrontation between criticism, history, theory and other types of writing on architecture, as well as
between architectural criticism and other forms of criticism. The main aim of the symposium is to map these territories and delineate these


Monday, April 3, 2017
Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, salle Vasari

Registration and Welcome Address


Session 1. Intellectual Territories: Borrowing Tools and Rhetorics from Other Disciplines
Chair: Paolo Scrivano, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Stefania Kenley Independent Scholar, Paris
Blind Spot in the Visual Field of Art-architecture Criticism

Valeria Lattante AUIC, Politecnico di Milano
The Concept of Tradition from T. S. Eliot Literary Critic to E. N. Rogers Architectural Theory

11:15 Coffee break

Raúl Martínez Department of History and Theory of Architecture, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech.

Geoffrey Scott’s The Architecture of Humanism at the Inception of Bruno Zevi’s Theoretical Corpus

Jasna Galjer Department of Art History, University of Zagreb
Cultural Exchange as Architecture’s Expanded Field

Adrian Anagnost Newcomb Art Department, Tulane University, New Orleans
Critique and Complicity: The Art Critical Lineage of Projective Architecture

Session 2. Political and Geographical Boundaries
Chair: Giovanni Leoni, Università di Bologna

Jianfei Zhu University of Melbourne
Searching for a Sensitive Criticism on Architecture of Contemporary China: The Case of He Jingtang

Charlotte Ashby Department of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London
The Archaeology of Finnish Architectural Criticism

Christina Pech Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
Criticism on Display. The Swedish Museum of Architecture and the Production of History in the mid-1970s

16:00 Discussion and Pause

Key-note Lecture:
Marco Biraghi, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano
What does it mean architecture?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Académie d’Architecture, Paris

Manuelle Gautrand (Présidente de l’Académie d’Architecture)
Welcome Address

Session 3. Judging Architecture: Professional, Popular or Academic Criticism?
Chair: Réjean Legault, Université du Québec à Montréal

Christina Contandriopoulos Department of Art History, Université du Québec à Montréal
Against the Wall: the Birth of Architectural Criticism in Early 19th Century Paris

Michela Rosso Department of Architecture and Design, Politecnico di Torino
Architectural Criticism and Cultural Satire in the 1980s: Shared Territories and Languages

10:45 Coffee Break

Kristen Gagnon Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, Carleton University, Ottawa
Popular Architecture Criticism: A Definition, a Delineation and a Débâcle

Detlef Jessen-Klingenberg, Independent Scholar, Germany
Architectural Criticism as Cultural Criticism (“Kulturkritik”) and Professional Criticism (“Fachkritik”). A Case Study on the Example of
Werner Hegemann

12:00 Discussion

12:45 Lunch Break

Session 4. Professionalism: the Critic as a Specialist
Chair: Anne Hultzsch, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL London and OCCAS, Oslo University

Laurens Bulckaen and Rika Devos, BATir Department, École polytechnique de Bruxelles
Louis Cloquet (1849-1920): architectural writings of a critical engineer

Irene Lund Faculty of Architecture, Université Libre de Bruxelles – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
The multiple origins of modernist architecture criticism in the Belgian avant-garde magazine 7Arts (1922-1927)

Patrizia Bonifazio Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano
“Zodiac” (1957-1973). Art and technique to define architecture in front of the mass production

Lorenzo Ciccarelli Department of Architecture, University of Florence
Giovanni Klaus Koenig (1924-1989): Architectural Criticism between Semiology, Industrial Design and Rail Trains

16:30 Final Discussion / Roundtable / Table ronde

Scientific Committee
Nathalie Boulouch (Université Rennes 2 and Archives de la critique d’art),
Anne Hultzsch (Bartlett School London and OCCAS, Oslo University),
Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2)
Réjean Legault (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Giovanni Leoni (Università di Bologna)
Paolo Scrivano (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University)
Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich, gTA)
Suzanne Stephens (Barnard College, Columbia University)
Alice Thomine-Berrada (Musée d’Orsay, Paris)

Organizing Committee
Alessandro Benetti
Nicolas Bisensang
Guillemette Chéneau-Deysine
Hélène Jannière




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