EVENT: Exactitude 2020: A Five College Architecture Symposium. 2-3 October 2020 (online event)

University of Massachusetts Amherst. College of Humanities & Fine Arts – Department of Architecture

The Five College Virtual Architecture Symposium Exactitude brings together academics and practitioners to engage in critical conversations about contemporary architecture. Distancing itself from the often repeated themes of the past 20 years – sustainability, performance, formal innovation – the symposium pursues a longer narrative arc, one that places architecture back in its creative position through engagement with a theme evoked by Italo Calvino in his Six Memos to the New Millennium: Exactitude via the first symposium (2020). By opening up the field and asking questions that are mindful of the ongoing dilemmas in architecture today, the symposium is an invitation to re-engage a discipline adrift between technophobia and technophilia, confronted with escalating demands for precision, production and consumption, and mired in issues of agency and authorship while simultaneously mandated to meet countless ethical and aesthetic needs. The structure of the symposia – made up of a constellation of voices including those of theorists, historians, editors, architects and writers – reflects a genuine desire to spark dialogue and exchange.

Convened by: Pari Riahi, Michael Davis, and Laure Katsaros

Speakers: Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano with Thomas de Monchaux, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Alicia Imperiale, Antoine Picon, Christopher Benfey, Cynthia Davidson, Eric Höweler, Francesca Hughes, Mark Wigley, Sunil Bald, and Teresa Stoppani.

Read more at http://umass.edu/architecture/exactitude

Registration is free and open to the public.

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