Third International Symposium : « Toward a Geography of Architectural Criticism: Disciplinary Boundaries and Shared Territories » – Paris – April 3-4, 2017

Third International Symposium : « Toward a Geography of Architectural Criticism: Disciplinary Boundaries and Shared Territories »

Place : Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris / Académie d’Architecture, Paris

Date : April 3-4, 2017

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Participation à la table ronde du 4 avril 2017 : Valéry Didelon

Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural criticism XXth and XXIst centuries, a cartography.
Research Project, Université Rennes 2 – Agence Nationale de la Recherche, Scientific Coordinator Hélène Jannière

Scientific committee : Nathalie Boulouch (Université Rennes 2 and Archives de la critique d’art), Anne Hultzsch (The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and Oslo School of Architecture and Design), Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2), Réjean Legault (Université du Québec à Montréal), Giovanni Leoni (Università di Bologna), Paolo Scrivano (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University), Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich), Suzanne Stephens (Barnard College, Columbia University), Alice Thomine-Berrada (Musée d’Orsay, Paris)

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Abstract : This international symposium is part of the ANR research project Mapping Architectural Criticism (, which aims to develop a field of research on the history of architectural criticism, from the last decades of the 19th century to the present day. The symposium intends to debate two key questions related to the geographies of criticism: what are criticism’s disciplinary boundaries and which territories has criticism shared from the last decades of the 19th to the end of the 20th century with other disciplines.

In the first place, the symposium interrogates the overlapping of architectural criticism with different kinds of architectural writing, in particular those pertaining to architectural history and theory, but also those stemming from other disciplines.
The symposium is equally aimed at highlighting the relationships, the common terrains, and the conceptual tools that architectural criticism has in common with other genres of criticism, such as art criticism and literary criticism.
The term “territory” is used here to refer primarily to the various disciplinary fields on which criticism relies and from which it borrows its concepts and patterns of interpretation, as well as its intellectual tools. The term “boundary”, for its part, is used to denote the zones of exchange and confrontation between criticism, history, theory and other types of writing on architecture, as well as between architectural criticism and other forms of criticism. The main aim of the symposium is to map these territories and delineate these boundaries.

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