This week’s guest speaker, Isabelle Doucet, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester and co-director of the Manchester Architecture Research Centre. Her research focuses on the relationship between (urban) politics, aesthetics, and social responsibility in architecture, which she examines through both historical and contemporary cases. She is the author of The Practice Turn in Architecture: Brussels after 1968 (Ashgate, 2015). Her current research focuses on counter-cultural architectures in 1970s Belgium.
Drawing from her recently published book The Practice Turn in Architecture: Brussels after 1968 (Ashgate 2015) and more recent research focusing on counter-cultural architectures, 'live' projects, and counter-projects, Isabelle will explore questions regarding resistance, and recuperation, in architecture. The seminar will trigger dialogue between notions connected to autonomous, oppositional critique and instances of resistance from-within.