Guido Zuliani
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The Architect’s Gaze

Since Leon Battista Alberti defined architecture as a theoretical discipline in 1452, its corollary—the construction of its own history—has been in one form or another the object of specific attention by architects. From the Renaissance to the present, the nature of architecture has been in fact continually redefined by new descriptions of the objects belonging to its tradition.

Propelled and framed at the same time by what Michel Foucault has defined as the historical specificity of the different epistemes, the architects’ gaze has literally redrawn endlessly the objects of its own history, each time multiplying the forms of their re-interpretation.

The lecture will present a visual overview of the different forms of representation practiced by architects, from Giuliano da San Gallo’s drawings of Roman ruins to the contemporary use of digital tools, in describing architectural objects as material precedents for a renewed disciplinary vision.

Guido Zuliani is an architect and an educator. He graduated from the Istituto Universitario d’ Architettura in Venice (Università IUAV di Venezia) and since 1985 he has been teaching at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union in New York, where he currently is Professor in Architecture. At Cooper Union Guido Zuliani teaches design studios as well as history and theory courses. He has lectured in Europe, United States and Asia and has published essays on the work of John Hejduk and Peter Eisenman. As an architect he has collaborated with the architect Raimund Abraham in projects such as the subsidized housing project Traviata Gasse in Wien, built in 1990, and the prizewinner project for the New Museum of the Acropolis in Athens. As principal of the AZ studio, and in partnership with Eisenman Architects, Zuliani has designed among others the prizewinner project for the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, the high-speed train station in Afragola and the New Pompei-Santuario train station in Pompei, Italy, and the residential complex Residenze Carlo Erba in Milan, currently under construction.


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Food for Thought
Monday, January 30, 2017
12PM | Centre Space
John A. Russell Building
Faculty of Architecture
University of Manitoba