The Architecture of the Architecture Book
21st-22nd November 2017, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Paris, France
DATE: 21/11/2017
"How do you build a book? This two-part meeting aims to explore the hypotheses that can arise from architectural reasoning. If architecture has its own working methods and produces precise results, its diffusion builds a new meaning that goes beyond the physical nature of construction. Even if the ideas are immaterial, they are always expressed in physical forms, such as drawings, photographs or manuscripts. Books have the ability to gather and articulate multiple media in a new physical object, in a movement that oscillates between the volatility of ideas and the impassiveness of buildings. The relationship between books and architecture becomes both tautological and difficult to grasp. What is the architecture of the architecture book? Working hypotheses open up when the book and architecture are based on other media such as film, photography, orality and the many registers often housed in the archives. By looking at the movements of passage between these multiple media and modes of transmission of their own, we can access the origin of the magnetism produced by some books.

The colloquium is accompanied by a presentation of some works from the personal library of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian (1869-1955), kept in the library of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Library in Lisbon; showcases will present research hypotheses that will bring the history of the book closer to that of architecture.

The symposium will continue on 1 December at the ETH Zurich."

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