ESALA Research Seminar: Nat Chard


  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 13:00 to 14:00

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

This week’s guest speaker, Nat Chard, is Professor of Experimental Architecture at the Bartlett, University College London, following professorships at the Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen, the University of Manitoba and the University of Brighton.

Nat taught at the Bartlett throughout the nineties and has also taught at North and East London Universities and has practiced in London.

His work has been published and exhibited internationally. His research practice develops means of discussing uncertain conditions in architecture and the recent work has been acted out through a series of ten types of drawing instrument, several involving a number of variants.

Devices of indeterminacy

This talk investigates ways of discussing the potential held in architectural occupation beyond the predictions contained in the architectural programme – an instrument that tends to be reductive, as our capacity to forecast is limited. 

The work looks at uncertainty and indeterminacy as sites of opportunity and pleasure that sit outside of the programme. 

For practical reasons the conventions of architectural drawing try to establish certainty in the ideas they convey - especially in production and contract drawings. 

As a means to research how we can discuss the uncertain with some precision, Chard has been inventing a series of drawing instruments that address questions of uncertainty and indeterminacy in architecture.

Everyone is welcome; please contact Dr Katerina Antonopoulou, Simpson Postdoctoral Fellow in Architecture, if you have any questions or do not have a University staff/student card (for access).

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