Re-imagining ‘Internationalism’ in the Architecture of Expo’67 | Professor Peter Scriver (University of Adelaide)


  • 5.15pm

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

Led by Professor Peter Scriver (University of Adelaide)

The architecture of “Man and his World”, Montreal’s Universal Exposition of 1967, was notable on multiple counts. Not least of these was the opportunity it gave to young and relatively untested designers to explore new ideas, some of which would extend beyond the built-environment to challenge core assumptions about the framework of modern society itself. Especially striking, however, on the very cusp of the critical turn away from the modernist certainties of the post-war era, was the renewed vision and innovation that the architecture of Expo’67 invested in the ideal of ‘internationalism’. The talk will consider some of the existential quandaries of how this ideal was embodied in the pavilions of several post-colonial nations in particular.

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