The Berlage keynote lecture: Mark Wigley

19 June 2018 18:30 till 20:00 - Location: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Oostserre - By: Communication BK

On 19 June, the Berlage keynote lecture ‘What just happened? Revisiting deconstructivist architecture after 30 years’ will be given by Mark Wigley.

Thirty years after ‘Deconstructivist Architecture’ was on display at the Museum of Modern Art, Mark Wigley will re-examine this seminal exhibition’s original intentions and lasting impact over the past three decades. What can we learn from the ‘Deconstructivist Architecture’ exhibition thirty years after? And does today’s architecture culture invite another genre-defining moment? 

Wigley, together with co-curator Philip Johnson, took an opposite approach to the latter’s 1932 “International Exhibition of Modern Architecture,” which intended to define an “international style.” Rather than presenting architecture derived from a rigidly uniform set of design principles, Johnson and Wigley recognized in the work of the seven selected participants—Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Bernard Tschumi, and Coop Himmelblau—an imperfectibility of the modern world and a similar approach with very similar formal outcomes. What can we learn from the "Deconstructivist Architecture" exhibition thirty years after? And does today's architecture culture invite another genre-defining moment?