Karl Christiansen will be presenting the public lecture.

This will be held at 6pm on Wednesday, 2nd March 2011. Location to be confirmed

‘TECTONICS – limit of the object’

Visiting Academic Karl Christiansen is visiting from Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark.

Karl Christiansen was born in Denmark in 1950. In 1973 he finished his education as a building technician. Subsequently, he started at the Aarhus School of Architecture from which he graduated in 1981. For nearly ten years he practiced as an architect in Oslo, Norway, where for a period of time he was also the chairman of the Oslo Architectural Association. After returning to Denmark, he worked as a lecturer at the Aarhus School of Architecture until 1994 when he was employed as an associate professor. Since 2003 he has been employed at the school as a professor in technology of architecture.

Karl Christiansen is the artist as well as the organiser of a number of exhibitions, and he is the author of a number of books, publications and articles dealing with form, technique, aesthetics and research within the field of architecture.

For the last decade, his research work has focused on the production of concrete in the light of new technologies.

Karl Christiansen is interested in the relationship between the architectural form and its source; a relationship that he insists must function coherently. In short, his thesis is that architecture – in order to carry its name – must be techtonic. Through a large number of the most diverse examples, he promotes this point of view in his lecture: ‘Tectonics – limit of the object’.