Teresa Stoppani will be presenting the public lecture.
This will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, 6th April 2011, Level 5 Architecture Studios, UTS – Faculty of DAB (Building 6), 702 – 730 Harris St, Broadway 2007
‘Islands and Paradigms: on unorthodox ways to read the city’
The city can be defined as an ‘island’ if we consider the island in relation to the nature of its edges, as a mutable space that constantly negotiates relationships. Space and edge at once, the island is an unstable figure. Its threshold is a space that embraces change and allows for the construction of different identities in time. Rather than a condition of physical delimitation and finished-ness, the island can be defined by its increments of concentration and density; it tolerates, or even imposes, proximity and coexistence.
Drawing from Teresa’s recent book Paradigm Islands: Manhattan and Venice, this talk argues that the city and its processes are intellectually understood not only by reference to the urban cultural context but also by drawing categories from other disciplines. An open reading of the city that traverses art theory and history, architectural manifestoes and theory, but also land surveying, cartography, philosophy and cultural studies, can identify a series of ‘figures’ that are ambiguously placed between the representation, the construction and the experience of space in the city.
Teresa Stoppani (MArch IUAV Venice, DrRes A&UD Florence) has taught at the Institute of Architecture of the University of Venice (IUAV) and at the Architectural Association in London, and is Reader in Architecture at the University of Greenwich (London) where she is coordinator of postgraduate Architecture History and Theory. She is currently Visiting Professor of Architecture History and Theory at UTS.
Teresa’s writings on architecture’s histories, theories and representations focus on the relationship between architecture and the city. They range from investigations of the role of mapping in the architectural project, to the identification of urban ‘chorality’ and architectural exhibitionism as forces of city-making; from the study of different forms of writing history and addressing the past in architecture, to the research – in progress – on the physical and metaphorical agency of ‘dust’ in architecture, to her current reading of G.B. Piranesi’s idea of the city as an anticipation of the contemporary metropolis. Her book Paradigm Islands: Manhattan and Venice. Discourses on architecture and the city was published by Routledge in 2010.