Recent historiographies of modern architecture aim to show the connection between the writing of architectural history and the redefinition of the architectural field. This symposium will be about the operativity of George Kubler’s work more specifically in the Portuguese architectural realm after the publication of his work Portuguese Plain Architecture [PPA] (1972).
Since the publication of PPA (1972, 40 years ago) portuguese architectural practices and studies have been nudged by its impact. In The Shape of Time (1962, 50 years ago) Kubler’s philosophy of art history implied that ‘closed sequences’ could be opened by several reasons, and in this case Kubler’s PPA catalysed the reemergence of some of the ‘form classes’ to reappear in Portuguese architecture. Partly, the connection of PPA with the ideological attributes of early modernism and the political context of the time catalysed the reemergence of a new order of Portuguese Plain. Proposals for papers featuring the following subjects are welcome:
- George Kubler: His work within the context of art and architecture practice, history and historiography.
- Operative histories: The interaction between theory and practice.The relationship between the writing of architectural history and the development of the architectural field
- Plain Architecture: The reception of Kubler’s work in Portuguese scholarship and architectural practice. The internationalization of the term.
- Plain Style: Aesthetics of poverty, art and architecture produced in times of scarcity.
To submit a proposal please send it to the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org . Presentation proposals must include: paper title, abstract (500 words max.); contact information (name, academic degree, position title, email); a short bio (max 200 words). Presentation proposals must be submitted by e-mail no later than April 30th 2012.
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