SCHOLARS IN TRANSITION: The architecture of Adolf Loos, 60 years later


Event details

Date 23.02.2022
Hour 18:00
Speaker Beatriz Colomina
Can Onaner
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language French
The architecture of Adolf Loos, 60 years later 

Inaugural conference of the "Scholars in transition" 2022 series.
The lecture will be in english.

SCHOLARS in Transition

SCHOLARS in Transition is the EDAR Doctoral Program of Architecture and Sciences of the City lecture series. It aims at giving a voice to contemporary scholars who, within their on-going research activity, are experiencing a  transition  condition. Their contribution to new, emerging research topics, tentative interpretations and unconventional approaches, marks the intersection of their personal research agendas, the evolution of their discipline, the public debate, and the availability of sources and data. SCHOLARS in Transition is a of a collective debate on the potential of scientific initiative and
responsibility of scholars in the fields of Architecture, Urbanism, Regional and Urban Studies.

SCHOLARS in Transition #4

Contemporary Modernity is the general title of the 2022 series that will give us the opportunity to revisit notions, works, architects, and authors of XXth Century Modernism. The debates will focus on the timeless aspiration of 'being modern', as it simply means ‘being contemporary’ – matching the characteristics of the era you live in. Is today the adjective “modern” an historical category to be referred to a past era? Or, on the contrary, do our interpretations echo our contemporary concerns about architecture and, more widely, our built environment? For the launching lecture, entitled The architecture of Adolf Loos, sixty years later, we are happy to host Beatriz Colomina and Can Onaner, who have contributed, at two different times, to renew our apprehension of Adolf Loos architecture, after the interpretation given by Aldo Rossi sixty years ago.

Beatriz Colomina is the Howard Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture at Princeton University. She writes and curates on questions of design, art, sexuality and media. Her books include Sexuality and Space (Princeton Architectural Press, 1992), Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (MIT Press, 1994), Domesticity at War (MIT Press, 2007), Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies (Sternberg, 2014), Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X–197X (Actar, 2010) and Are We Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design (Lars Muller, 2016). She has curated a number of exhibitions including Clip/Stamp/Fold (2006), Playboy Architecture (2012) and Radical Pedagogies (2014). In 2016 she was co-curator of the third Istanbul Design Biennial. Her latest books are X-Ray Architecture (Lars Muller, 2019) and Radical Pedagogies (MIT, 2022). 

Can Onaner is an architect with a PhD in History of Art. he is currently Professor at the Ecole Nationale Sup rieure d’Architecture de Bretagne in Rennes and a member of the LIAT research group at the Ensa Paris-Malaquais. He has curated the exhibitions Temps suspendu in 2013 in Bordeaux, and The square as the theatre of the rebellious crowd in 2016 in Paris. He has published several articles in French and international journals, as well as the books Aldo Rossi, architecte du suspens, En qu te du temps propre de l'architecture (2016), and Adolf Loos et l’humour masochiste, l’architecture du phantasme (2019), both published by M tispresses. 

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


  • EDAR Doctoral Programme


  • Elena Cogato Lanza

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