Pier Vittorio Aureli
Thursday 17 May 2012, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

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The contribution of architecture to the contemporary city is unclear. Even the master plan is contentious. In education we debate whether it is possible to set out grand visions or whether it is more appropriate to suggest the possibility of small scale incremental change. In practice the architect has been encouraged to understand his or her role as the ‘repairer’ of cities following the ‘disruption’ of modernisation and deindustrialisation. Is it possible to re-imagine architecture outside of these formal and cultural conventions? Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect, writer and educator. He is author of The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture, MIT Press (2011) and many other influential texts. His work focuses on the relationship between architectural form, political theory and urban history. Through his teaching and his practice (DOGMA) he explores large scale and urban design projects. In discussion with Penny Lewis, Aureli will explore the relationship between architecture and the city.

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Pier Vittorio Aureli teaches at the Architectural Association and has taught at Columbia University, the Barcelona Institute of Architecture, and Delft University of Technology. Together with Martino Tattara, Aureli is the co-founder of DOGMA, an office focused on the project of the city.