Rethinking theory, space and production: Henri Lefebvre today
Delft, November 11th - 13th, 2008
Chair of Architecture Theory, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft (NL)
Academie Jan van Eyck, Maastricht (NL)
Chair of Architecture Theory, Faculty of Architecture, ETH Zurich (CH)
Lectureship of Sociology, Faculty of Architecture, ETH Zurich (CH)
Full program of the conference is available in pdf format at: www.henrilefebvre.org
The questions about the relationships between research and design, critique and performance, analytical methods and planning techniques belong to the most pressing in the ongoing urbanistic debate.
The international conference will address these questions by focusing on the theory of production of space by Henri Lefebvre and its mobilizations and development in contemporary urban research, architecture and urbanism.
Rediscovered in the 1990's, Lefebvre's theory opened up new ways of understanding of today's processes of urbanization and their conditions and consequences at any scale of the social reality: from the practices of everyday life, through the urban scale, to the global flows of people, capital, information and ideas. At the same time, this theory has the potential to relate urban research and design practices because of its programmatic questioning of the links between the urban analysis, the critique of urbanism, and the vision of a new type of social space in the contemporary city.
The starting point of the conference will be the research recently carried out both at the ETH and the TU Delft, which combined a theoretical reading of the theory of Lefebvre with its employment in an analysis of the contemporary processes of urbanization.
Broadening this focus and relating to the work of theorists, architects, designers and urbanists, this conference will examine the exchanges between research methodologies, theoretical frameworks, mapping techniques, and design procedures inspired by the theory of production of space and going beyond it.
For the full program of the conference and information about registration, please consult the web-page of the conference at: www.henrilefebvre.org
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