(Un)Common Precedents, the Agora II International Symposium

September 22-24, 2023
Ottawa
Canada

Everyone is invited to the three-day symposium, (Un)Common Precedents, hosted by the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism (ASAU).

The event is convened by Dr. Federica Goffi, Professor of Architecture, and PhD candidates Isabel Potworowski and Kristin Washco.

The free public event will be held at the ASAU from September 22 to 24, 2023, in the Pit. The event will combine keynotes, paper presentations, interdisciplinary workshops, a performance, an exhibition by architecture and music students, and a book publication.

Four keynotes, and thirty-three international speakers will come together from Canada, Chile, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, UK, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, USA, South Africa, and South Korea to question how to re-examine the value of “common” precedents while exploring “(un)common” ones.

The event is divided into three themes: the intentions, the media and methods, and the reference. The symposium tackles some critical questions, which are at the core of practice: How do architects build a frame of reference? Which are the under-acknowledged and (un)common precedents that inspire architectural design in terms of diversity, culture and socio-political contexts? Is there potential in seeking architectural precedents in adjacent disciplines such as literature, music, the culinary, visual, and performing arts, and beyond?

The symposium features keynote lectures by:
-Dr. Klaske Havik (TU Delft)
-Dr. Ken Albala (University of the Pacific)
-Architect Robert Lemon
-Dr. Jesse Stewart (Carleton University)

(Un)Common Precedents is the second event in the AGORA Series. It is generously supported by professional and academic institutions, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connection Grant (SSHRC Connection), the Public Awareness Sponsorship offered by the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), the sponsorship of the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects (ORSA), the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism (ASAU, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Carleton University), Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), and Carleton Music (School for Studies in Art and Culture, SSAC).

The convenors appreciate the support of Dr. Sheryl Boyle and Dr. Suzanne Harris-Brandts, who co-organized two workshops with the convenors; Dr. Jesse Stewart from Carleton Music, who supported the development of a music/architecture workshop and performance with the architecture and music students; and Artengine and its artistic director, Ryan Stec, who offered support in the planning of the exhibition.

Register for the event here. More information can be found here.

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