HTC Forum

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The HTC Forum is the main lecture series of the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art Program. It is organized by graduate students and made possible by the Lipstadt-Stieber Fund. Other talks organized by faculty may also be listed among the Forum lectures. All of them are open to the public and free.

Directions to the Long Lounge (7-429): From 77 Massachusetts Avenue, go up the steps and enter, you are in building 7. Take the elevator that is in the back left-hand corner to the fourth floor and exit to the left (alternatively take the stairs located near the elevator behind a set of double doors, exit to the right). Go straight and The Long Lounge is on your left-hand side. The general location can be seen on the campus map. However, it will not show a specific room location.

Sep 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

Photography, especially studio portraiture, became instantly popular on the Swahili coast of eastern Africa and by the 1880s residents of such port cities as Mombasa and Zanzibar avidly collected and commissioned photographs of locals and distant others. Although photography was used as a medium for the performance of selfhood later on, during its early history it was about murkier, even intractable meanings.

Oct 1, 2016 - 9:00am
20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA : E15, bottom floor : Bartos Theater

Purity and contamination have long figured in the accounts of the European Renaissance. Scholars, in the last few decades alone, have mapped the role these ideas have played in debates about godliness and sin, cleanliness, gender, and ethnicity, among other domains. Less thoroughly studied, though, is how these two intertwined categories informed European approaches to art and the built environment, both as it was created and experienced. It is precisely this lacuna that our conference aims to address.

Oct 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

Martino Stierli, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, will talk about his ongoing research and exhibition project on the architectural production of Socialist Yugoslavia, as well as his new role at MoMA and the task of challenging the canon of modern architecture.                               

Oct 24, 2016 - 6:00pm

"The Structure: Works of Mahendra Raj" unravels the oeuvre of Mahendra Raj's sixty prolific years of practice as a structural engineer. His unusually inventive and intuitive work reveals bold and pioneering engineering solutions for buildings in exposed concrete over the years. Most of his structures are now artefacts that narrate the energetic period of nation building in post-independent India.

Nov 1, 2016 - 6:00pm

The fact that the Internet creates "echo chambers" has become a truism. Rather than a boundless cyberspace, we seem trapped in ever smaller pigeon holes. To understand how this has happened--and to imagine a different future--this talk examines the concept of homophily (the assumption that birds of a feather flock together), which grounds much network analysis. It argues that we need to use critical theories from the humanities to create more public and just online networks.

Nov 18, 2016 - 5:00pm

Detroit Resists is a group working on behalf of an inclusive, equitable, and democratic city. The group emerged in response to the U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale and, as two of the members of the group, we will discuss some of the practical and political dimensions of this response.