The International Conference Revisiting the post-CIAM generation: debates, proposals and intellectual framework will be held on April 11-13, 2019, at the Porto School of Arts (ESAP).
This event in organized in partnership with the research unit EA 1279 Histoire et Critique des Arts of the Université Rennes 2 and the Mapping Architectural Criticism program.
Hélène Jannière, Director and Scientific Coordinator of the program, will deliver a keynote speech entitled 1964. French criticism and its discontents: à propos of a special issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui.
Abstract of Hélène Jannière’s keynote speech
At the end of 1964, L’Architecture d’aujourd’hui devoted a special issue to architectural criticism. Was this a symptom of a “crisis of criticism”?
This special issue testifies a turning point, between a long period of uncritical diffusion of the grands ensembles and a period, which happened in the late-1960s, of political and social contestation concerning the city and urban policies.
The purpose of this presentation is not to trace the editorial policy of L’Architecture d’aujourd’hui. Rather, it considers this special issue as a symptom of both a malaise of the architectural field in regard to criticism and French critics, a symptom, also, of an intermediate moment between the end of modernism, even “unquiet”, and its radical challenge.
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