AWP curates the Underground Lecture Series, Carleton University, Paris DSA

In parallel with a Design Studio, theory seminars  investigate the potential of the late 60’s and 70’s underground architecture and urbanity, as a laboratory for renewed relationships to the constructed surface of modern cities and more broadly the notions of underground/undercover/unveiled both physically and metaphorically. A series of presentations and debates with leading international architects, curators, researchers and critics  including a wide range of themes dealing with the notions of underground and invisible as juxtaposed to iconic and «easy to grasp» program 19th sept. 2012 La Défense 1950 – 2012. Site history and overview of ongoing developments. Alessandra Cianchetta, AWP, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University 21st sept. 2012 Infra-psychology for a meta-urbanism (depths, thickness, pivots and slices)/ Looking at the history of Paris undergrounds since 1789, reading the potential of what lays under the city’s ground. Marc Armengaud, AWP, Associate Professor ENSA Paris-Malaquais 26th sept. 2012 From overground to underground (dioramas, peep-shows, georamas… towards the post-punk age). How the popular curiosity for the world in the XIXth century became a pop culture of rejecting the world in the late XXth century. Marc Armengaud, AWP, Associate Professor ENSA Paris-Malaquais 3rd oct. 2012 City of lights ? When underground went above surface. Since the late XVIIIth century, Paris has been a laboratory for a radically new dimension of modern cities : night time. Marc Armengaud, AWP, Associate Professor ENSA Paris-Malaquais 10th oct. 2012 Stealth Gentrification : Camouflage and Commerce on New York’s Lower East Side. Lara Belkind, Lecturer Columbia University – PHD Candidate, Harvard GSD 12th oct. 2012 Icebergs as Architecture (The Défense slab, OMA/ Les Halles, underground Ircam). Matthias Armengaud, AWP, Architect & Urban Planner, Associate Professor ENSA Versailles 17th oct. 2012 Le sous-sol rayonnant : fossile infrastructures. Matthias Armengaud, AWP, Architect & Urban Planner, Associate Professor ENSA Versailles 19th oct. 2012 London GDNYU Symposium, New York Gallatin Institute Symposium at NYU Academic Centre, 6 Bedbord Square, London Alessandra Cianchetta, AWP, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University 31st oct. 2012 / 6pm at AMPHI 2 des Loges (ENSAPM) Deschooling Architecture: Readings from the Anti Library. Roger Connah, Writer, Critic, Cineast, Director of the Architecture department of David Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University 7th nov. 2012 /  6pm at AMPHI 2 des Loges (ENSAPM) Invisible Grand Paris : how politics shape future cities. Panos Mantziaras, Architect & Planner, Director of Architectural and Urban Research for the French Ministry of Culture 14th nov. 2012 /  5.30pm at AMPHI 2 des Loges (ENSAPM) The True Fake : appearance and substance in architecture. Rowan Moore, Writer & Architecture Critic, The Observer 16th nov. 2012 / 5.30pm at AMPHI 2 des Loges (ENSAPM) The Institute of time, the institutionalization of sleeping and the dead souls. From the soviet experiments to the new funeral services. Rosa Ferre, Writer, Chief Curator CCCB, Barcelona & Director of Cultural affairs 21st nov. 2012 / 6pm at AMPHI 2 des Loges (ENSAPM) Caves to tunnels : pages in the modernization of the underground space. Jean-Louis Cohen, Historian,  Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University 30th nov. 2012 / 2.30pm at 1 rue Jacques Callot, Bâtiment Callot, ENSA, Malaquais Sub-urbanism – Sur-urbanism. Sébastien Marot, Writer and Professor, Ecole d’Architecture de la Ville & des Territoires, Marne-la-Vallée et ETH Zürich 5th dec. 2012 / 6pm at AMPHI 2 des Loges (ENSAPM) Steven Melemis, Associate Professor ENSA Paris-Malaquais  More details here : http://thicktothick.wordpress.com/lecture-progamme/