International Conference
The Architecture of the Architecture Book

International Conference
Date : Friday the 1. December 2017
Location : Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur (gta), ETH Zürich, Hönggerberg,
 

The Architecture of the Architecture Book


Conference
Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, 21–22 November 2017
Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg, 1 December 2017
Co-organized by André Tavares, ETH Zürich, and the Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Délégation en France


How can we build a book? This two-stage conference is designed to explore the different hypotheses that may emerge from architectural reasoning. While architecture has its own specific methodologies and its own precise results, its communication and coverage in the media can build meanings that go far beyond the merely physical nature of construction. And, although ideas are immaterial, they can always be expressed in physical forms, being shaped through drawings, photographs and manuscripts. Books have the capacity to bring together and reassemble multiple media in the form of a new physical object, based on a transition that is reminiscent of the passage from the ethereal world of ideas to the immovable nature of buildings.
The relationship between architecture and its books thus becomes tautological and hard to grasp. What is the architecture of the architecture book? New hypotheses arise when the book and architecture are afforded alternative underpinnings, such as film, photography, spoken discourse or the multiple written records often stored in archives. It is by bringing together and comparing the transitions and transcriptions taking place between these multiple underpinnings that we are eventually able to assess the origins of the magnetic appeal of certain books.

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