Charismatic Property: The Nexus of Architecture and Law


  • 6.30pm

  • David Hume Tower, Lecture Hall B
    George Square
    Edinburgh
    EH8 9JX

This lecture explores three concepts in relation to architecture:

Charisma: In Émile Durkheim’s and Max Weber’s terms, charisma refers to a stage in the development of the modern state. In Brunelleschi’s terms, charisma refers to the expansive symbolic domain of architectural work.

Property: Here, Catherine Ingraham is concerned with real property and real estate development

Nexus: In eminent domain, a nexus must be formed between the rights of a private property owner and the legality of a government “taking,” which results in a financial compensation. Architecture’s nexus with property and law begins with the site of construction. It too is about rights, duties, and money. And sometimes glory.

Speaker biography

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.

Geddes Visiting Fellows

Geddes Visiting Fellows bring a fresh perspective to teaching, practice and thinking in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA).

As well as speaking publicly about their own work, they critique undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and gave seminars to staff and students.

Previous Geddes Visiting Fellows include (with lecture titles in brackets): Anuradha Mathur & Dilip da Cunha (Design in a Moment of Rain); Mark West (Concrete falls in love)William Firebrace; Perry Kulper (Estranged Fluctuations)Robin Moore and Nilda Cosco (One Health: intergenerational design strategies for engaging children with nature in cities)Carlos Arroyo (Sustainable Exuberance); and Alan Short (The Recovery of Natural Environments in Architecture).