Robin Evans Lecture 2020: Eyal Weizman - Architectures of the Unexplained

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The Robin Evans Lecture 2020: Eyal Weizman - Architectures of the Unexplained

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The Lecture

For this year’s Robin Evans Lecture, we are delighted to be joined by Eyal Weizman, founding director of Forensic Architecture and Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. The lecture will begin at 18:30.

In light of the current pandemic this year’s lecture will be delivered online via the University of Westminster’s GoToWebinar account. After registering on Eventbrite you will receive an email from the Event Coordinator asking you to complete a simple registration form (name and email address only) on GoToWebinar.

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Weizman was introduced to Robin Evans’ work when he was a student, and found it a formative influence in the development of his own unique architectural intelligence. During the lecture, Weizman will discuss his Forensic Architecture’s translations from buildings to evidence, a practice which provides an unrelenting critical scrutiny of contemporary world politics through spatial analysis and operational models.

His evidence has been presented in truth commissions national and international court, the media and cultural forums. Evans’ observations in his essay ‘Figures, Doors and Passages’ become entry points for detective work of a world that is full of turmoil, where the unexplained must be examined.

About the Speaker

Eyal Weizman

Eyal Weizman is the director of the research agency Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London where he is Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures and a founding director there of the Centre for Research Architecture at the department of Visual Cultures.

Forensic Architecture was established in 2010 and provides advanced architectural and media evidence to social movement, victims groups aamd civil society orgs.

He is currently the Richard von Weizäsker fellow at the Bosch Academy Berlin, has been a guest professor at ETH Zurich and a Global Scholar at Princeton University. In 2019 he was elected fellow of the British Academy, and in 2020 awarded MBE for services to Architecture.

About the Robin Evans Lecture Series

This series supports outstanding scholarship in the history of architecture and allied fields, building on the work of Professor Robin Evans (1944-1993). It encourages scholars working on the relationship between the spatial and social domains in architectural drawing, construction and beyond. Evans’ work interrogated the spaces that existed between drawing and building, geometry and architecture, teasing out the points of translation often overlooked.

From his early work on prison design and domestic spaces, through to his later work on architectural geometry, Evans sought to articulate the multiple points at which the human imagination could influence architectural form. His first book, The Fabrication of Virtue, analysed the way that spatial layouts provided opportunities for social reform via their interference with morality, privacy and class. In The Projective Cast: Architecture and its Three Geometries, Evans traced the origins of the humanist tradition to understand how human form influenced architectural drawing and construction, focusing on aesthetic dimensions in the production of architectural space.

This series will provide opportunities for the creation and/or dissemination of work by scholars working on similar questions of space, temporality, and architecture. In particular, it supports work that breaks the boundaries of traditional disciplines to think though these complex networks involved in the space between human imagination and architectural production.

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