A vibrant research culture of inquiry and investigation runs through ESALA’s various subject areas.  Our seminar series supports this by bringing scholars engaged in important research to ESALA in order to present their work and discuss it with the school community. 

Recognising the rich interdisciplinarity of research interests across ESALA, the series welcomes speakers from a wide range of fields. Recent presentations range across topics that include: the etchings of Alexander Brodsky; the geological turn in contemporary art and philosophy; site-specific robotic fabrication; building materials and national identities; the urban photography of Thomas Struth; architectural globalisation in the late Cold War; time, space and the infrastructure of high-frequency trading; underwater architectures; the neoliberal baroque; and cinema and boredom.

2018/19  

Details of these talks will follow soon. 

 

Previous seminar series

2017/2018

20 Sep | Liam Ross | Spectres of Edo Castle: Fire safety and "enforced cosmopolitanism" in Tokyo 

27 Sep | Aikaterini AntonopoulouThe Online Presence of Golden Dawn and the Athenian Realities It Brings Forward 

2 Oct | Richard WellerLandscape Works 

4 Oct | Mark Dorrian | On Michael Webb's Sin Centre and the Drawing of Mobility 

11 Oct | Ana Bonet MiroOn Playgrounds and the Archive: Joan Littlewood’s Stratford Fair, 1967-1975 

18 Oct | Catherine Ingraham | Place (rule) vs Space (actions) 

25 Oct | Cristina Nan | Digital Ecologies and the Posthuman 

1 Nov | Giorgio Ponzo | Architecture without End 

15 Nov | Margaret Stewart and Peter HagisAnimating architecture - an experiment in accessibility? 

16 Nov | David Turnbull | Six images - six questions and one project" 

22 Nov | Michael Webb | In conversation 

29 Nov | Tahl Kaminer | Planning Appeals, Clandestine Policy Making, and Student Housing

6 Dec | Ella ChmielewskaCover Stories: Blind Spots in Theory 

 

2016/2017

28 September | Douglas Spencer Affect and Individuation: Architecture and Experience in the Culture of Neoliberalism

5 October | Adam Bobbette Cultures of Forecasting, Nature, and the Uncertainty of the Future

12 October | Glyn Davis Waiting for something to happen: cinema and endurance

19 October | Isabelle DoucetArchitecture and Resistance: Within or against?

26 October | Anthony AuerbachReading Material: inscription, erasure, reconnaissance

2 November | Pablo MartinezAndrea Branzi and the "Città senza Architettura": From the No-Stop City to Weak Urbanization Models

9 November | Linda MatthewsPixel Versus Line: From the Digital Image to the Architectural Surface

16 November | Philip Goad | Marks on the Land, Crossing Currents: Identity and Australian Architecture

18 January | Andreas Philippopoulos-MihalopoulosSpatial Justice: the violence of space

25 January | Nick DunnDark Futures: the loss of night in the contemporary city?

1 February | Nat ChardDevices of Indeterminacy

15 February | Stephen GrahamVertical noir: Histories of the future in urban science fiction

16 February | Wang Shu | Lu Wenyu | In conversation

1 March | Sukanya KrishnamurthyPublic spaces and urban collective cultures

15 March | Andrew HerscherBlack and Blight

22 March | Luis Callejas | Title tbc

24 March | Tina Di CarloExhibiting Architecture

29 March | Marc SchoonderbeekArchitectural Adjacencies: the dérive, mapping and 2.5D

5 April | Peter SalterWalmer Yard: Housing

6 April | Maria TheodorouThe Enchantment of Things: Architects (dis)engagement with Space

3 May | Hugo Hinsley | Title tbc

10 May | Niall Hobhouse Collections: Buildings and Drawings

 

2015/2016

Emily Brady | The Natural Sublime and the Self

Tom Weaver | This Has Killed That

Monika Bakke | Geologizing With Art: How to make kin among mineral species

Guan Lee | Clay Robotics at Grymsdke Farm

Aliki Economides | On Collective Memory and its Edification

Barry Bergdoll | Reading Mile High: Frank Lloyd Wright takes on Chicago, Co-hosted with the Architectural History and Theory Seminar Series

Francesca Hughes | The Architecture of Error: Matter, Measure, and the Misadventures of Precision

Robin Wilson | Generic expectations and intermediary space: a reflexive architectural photography

Adrian Forty | On Nations and Materials: a nineteenth-century question revisited in the twenty-first century

Stefano Corbo | Archaeology of Infrastructures: a conceptual cartography

David Sorfa | Touch and History: The Body in Czech Phenomenology and 1960s Cinema

Hugh Campbell | Unconscious Places: Thomas Struth and the Architecture of the City

Lorens Holm | The City is a Thinking Machine - Or What We Might Call Spatial Consciousness

Dilip Da Cunha and Anuradha Mathur | Where does Design begin?

Mark West | The Control Question

Peg Rawes | Architectural Ecologies and Ratios

Simona Salvo | After the Ordeal: The Pirelli Tower in Milan and the conservation of metal and glass curtain walls

Katja Grillner | Enacting the Past, the Distant (or What is Not Here, But There): Performing Material Fictions (2013-2015)

Samantha Hardingham | Cedric Price Works - 1952-2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective

Phillip Meuser | Seismic Modernism: Architecture and Housing in Soviet Tashkent

Jonathan Hill | A Landscape of Architecture, History and Fiction

Esther Leslie | Those in Glass Houses

 

2014/2015

Assemble Architects | Work in Progress

Nic Beech | Stuart Hall and the New Left: rethinking and reworking the metropole in the mid-1950s

Mark Dudek | Play Architecture

Harry Smith | Planning Issues

Film screening | How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

Johanna Blocker | The Reconstruction of Architectural Monuments and Historic Townscapes

Fiona McLachlan | Colour and Contingency: Theory into Practice

David Cunningham | Architecture, Modernity and Acceleration(ism)

Stavros Stavides | On Urban Commoning: The City Shapes Institutions of Sharing

Tim Ingold | Knots and Joints …. / Atmosphere

Thomas Oles | Better: Toward a History of Dangerous Idea

Łukasz Stanek | Architectural Globalization in the Late Cold War: From Socialist Poland to Kuwait and Back

Stephen Walker | The Architecture of the Travelling Street Fair: Assembly, Apparatus, and a Guidebook

Perry Kulper | Madness in the Methods

Donald Mackenzie | History, Materiality, Morals: 'Futures Lag' in high-frequency trading

William Firebrace | Memo for Nemo

Katie Lloyd Thomas | The New Synthesist, Proprietary Specification, Ripolin and Elizabeth Benjamin’s East Wall

Paul Jones | Imagining Capitalist Futures: the architectural modelling of an urban development

Jonathan Mills | Revisiting the Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo - a proposal for an installation

Robin Moore | Interdisciplinary, evidence-based design education: reflecting on decades of ‘Human Use of the Urban Landscape’

Yue Zhuang | Liberty, Fear and the City of Sensations: Sir William Chambers’ Dissertation on Oriental Gardening (1772)

David Cunningham | Architecture, modernity and the idea of socialism