Place (rule) vs Space (actions)

  • 1pm

  • Adam House, Adam House Lecture Theatre
    3 Chambers Street
    EH1 1HT

Speaker: Catherine Ingraham (Pratt Institute, and Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture's Geddes Visiting Fellow)

This seminar will discuss Louis Marin’s important essay The Architecture of the Prince, on the bipolar character of Versailles as an exemplary Baroque architecture (ornate, exhibiting phantasmatic desire), and consider what he describes as “aporias in method and theory, in periodization and chronology….” that reveal a Classical reliance on the use of place to underwrite the absolute power of the sovereign. As Michel de Certeau remarks in The Practice of Everyday Life, place is also where law and property sit.  As it develops, the discussion will open onto contemporary dilemmas to do with how we are to understand architecture’s relation to socio-political frameworks today.


Catherine Ingraham has lectured and published widely in architecture and architectural history and theory. Her current book, Architecture, Property and the Pursuit of Happiness (forthcoming 2017), is an examination of architectural work in relation to property systems, primarily in the United States.

Ingraham earned her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. She was an editor, with Michael Hays and Alicia Kennedy, of the critical journal Assemblage and is currently a Professor of Architecture in the Graduate Architecture program at Pratt Institute in New York City, a program which she chaired from 1999-2005. Ingraham is also a visiting faculty member at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

She has won numerous fellowships and awards, including the Canadian Center for Architecture Fellowship and several Graham Foundation grants. Her publications include Architecture, Animal, Human (Routledge Press, London 2006), Architecture and The Burdens of Linearity (Yale University Press, New Haven 1998), and numerous articles and invited essays in journals and book collections.

Part of the 2017/2018 ESALA Research Seminar Series. Free and open to all.