Event: Colloquium: Writing Automobile Histories. ETH Zurich, online, 5 March 2021

The colloquium (15:00–18:00, 5 March 2021) and workshop (18:30–20:00, 5 March 2021) “Writing Automobile Histories”, convened at the Department of Architecture of ETH Zurich by Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete and Dr. ir. Marianna Charitonidou, aim to explore the specificity of car travel as a new episteme. The events will address issues related to the new perceptual and representational regimes that emerged as a consequence of automobile travel. The automobile reshaped our conceptions of space revolutionizing the way architects perceive the urban environment and contributing significantly to the transformation of the relationship between architecture and the city. No other factor changed the city so drastically during the twentieth century. Many architects and architectural critics and theorists have been attracted to ‘automobile vision’. To fully grasp the multiple effects of the car on the way that architects approach the city, new historical perspectives and theoretical concepts seem to be required. The “Writing Automobile Histories” colloquium wants to explore such alternative historiographic and theoretical vantage points.

Speakers: Iain Borden (UCL), Jae Emerling (University of North Carolina) & Martino Stierli (Museum of Modern Art).

Register for the workshop via e-mail to marianna.charitonidou@gta.arch.ethz.ch (20 participants, first-come-first-serve basis).

For more information please visit https://www.gta.arch.ethz.ch/events/writing-automobile-histories

Join the colloquium, which is open to the public, using the following zoom link.

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