Architecture Utopia Realism: Guest Lecture Program
Academic Year 2013-2014 31 October 2013 – 22 May 2014
by Ljiljana Blagojević, associate professor, vice dean for research
The term or concept of realism seems to be a recurring theme of the more recent theoretical inquiries, from debates in philosophy and aesthetics to those in theory and practice of architecture. In parallel, there is also the question of the real, such as the ‘return of the real’ discussed by Hal Foster or the ‘passion for the real’ introduced by the philosopher Alain Badiou as key to understanding the 20th century. Since 2000, the architectural discourse is concerned with the wide range of related issues coming from its own post-critical debates on utopianism and realism and the possibility of an ‘utopian realism’, as suggested by Reinhold Martin. The debates on realism resonate in the architectural theory anew as a reflection on the ‘Manifesto of New Realism’ by the philosopher Maurizio Ferraris from 2011. The questions of realism vs. postmodernism, ‘new realism’ on the ashes of post-modernism, critical and operative notions of realism and the like, have been asked both through practices of contemporary architecture and through consideration in history and theory of architecture.
The proposed theme Architecture Utopia Realism aims to further the on-going discussion on the relations of architecture with realism and utopia. In that sense, the speakers are invited to reflect on a multivalent relations of practices and theory of avant-garde, modern and contemporary architecture to concepts and issues, such as utopianism, realism, social realism, socialist realism, neo-realism, utopian realism, new realism and the like.