Starting from the recent Graham funded anthology of writings, Utopie: Texts and Projects 1967–1978 (Semiotext(e) and MIT Press, 2011), Buckley’s talk will focus on the production of the Utopie group, a collection of architects, urbanists, and sociologists that emerged in the cracks between several disciplines in the late 1960s. While the group’s collaboration is often seen as parallel to the simultaneous rise of interdisciplinarity within the academy and in large urban planning initiatives, for Utopie such a collaboration remained distinct from, and opposed to these larger institutional trends. The talk will reexamine the demands that such group formations placed upon the intellectual and pedagogical culture of architecture during the late 1960s in order to consider what its legacies may be today.
The talk will be followed by an open discussion moderated by Sara Knox Hunter of Summer Forum for Inquiry and Exchange. Conversation will then continue with a reception in the library and Graham bookshop where Utopie: Texts and Projects 1967–1978 and other related titles will be available for sale.
Craig Buckley teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where he is also the Director of Publications.
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