Architecture | Joint Lecture Series | Juan Collbarreu

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Architecture | Joint Lecture Series | Juan Collbarreu

March 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


2017 School of Architecture Spring Lecture Series in partnership with AIA Triangle

Juan Collbarreu, PhD

Coll-Barreu Arquitectos


After the hatching of social media around 2010 the world became different. The old modern anxiety digitally rebuilt during the first decade of the 21 st Century from the architectural opposition between public and private, house and landscape, or points and void, and the consequent sophistication of boundaries disappears today. We twit either private moments or public statements, share on Instagram our homes and lives, upload on Facebook birthday parties and professional interests, intimate dating is made in the most public places; we receive, share and interact regardless the place in which we are. So there are no more private places, no more public places, of course there are no spaces in between. And what is really significant is that these non-places are the only places for true freedom. In that new actual life the space doesn’t matter.

I’m sure that the impact of social media on architecture can be compared over time with the impact of photography on painting. When painting lost the magic —and power— of the representation, it experienced a crisis from which emerged its most unexpected and vigorous expression: abstraction. Our today is a time without utopias, formal paradigms, conventions or dreams, a time dipped in digital worlds, without spatial understandings or interferences. Architecture can now be herself, using Thomas Mann’s words, be «not solemn, unsadly confiding, an art per du with humanity». That will be because we can transcend even our particular big long-standing fetish: the space.

— Juan Collbarreu, 2017

This lecture has been approved by AIA for 1.5 continuing education credit hours LU.


March 29, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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