May 1968 and the Architecture of Revolt | Professor Nicholas Bullock (University of Cambridge)

  • 5.15pm

  • Minto House, Room 4.18
    20-22 Chambers Street
    EH1 1JZ

Led by Professor Nicholas Bullock (University of Cambridge)

The events of May 1968 and the turbulent summer that followed brought about the closure of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. This ended a system of architectural education, focused essentially on questions of formal composition, which had changed but little since the start of the 19th century.

This forced the authorities, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the Order of Architects, to define in negotiation with students and staff  - then both on strike – a new architectural curriculum, which was in turn dependent on the contested nature of architecture and the role of the architect.

This paper will explore the clash of ideologies and ideas, from architectural activism to the study of urban morphology that were adopted (and then discarded) by the newly established Parisian schools of architecture between 1969 and the mid-1970s.

Part of the 2017-18 Architectural History and Theory Seminar Series. The seminars are free and everyone is welcome.