Postmodern Procedures


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This past December, Princeton University’s School of Architecture hosted a two day and cross generational conference titled “Postmodern Procedures.” The event opened with a keynote address by award winning architect Denise Scott Brown, RIBA, Int. FRIBA and brought together fourteen of architecture’s leading professionals and educators to discuss not only the historical significance of postmodernism but its impacts on architecture today.

Organized by Sylvia Lavin, Professor at UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design, the purpose of the conference was twofold: first, the conference addressed the impact of postmodernization on architecture by inviting presentations on shifts in architectural production and procedure during the 1970s, from modes of teaching to public engagement in the design process. By moving attention away from the commonplace association of postmodernism with historicism, autonomy and representation, the conference sought to produce both new knowledge about and new definitions of the postmodern. The second purpose of the conference was to examine the ways in which these understudied procedures subtend emerging architectural concerns. To this end, the conference sessions were organized around key points of contact between the postmodern and the contemporary such as methods of documentation and analysis, technical and narrative drawing, forms of architectural instruction and participatory design.

The video below is of the keynote address given on December 4, 2015 by Denise Scott Brown, recent winner of the 2016 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal and Principle of Venturi, Scott Brown Associates, now VSBA, LLC

2-Postmodern Procedures: Documenting from Princeton School of Architecture on Vimeo.

A special thanks to Denise Scott Brown, Sylvia Lavin, and Daniel Claro and Francine Corcione at Princeton University for allowing us to share this video. 

Video Credits
Friday, December 4th, 2015
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Denise Scott Brown, RIBA, Int. FRIBA, Venturi Scott Brown, Philadelphia
Andrew Atwood, First Office, Los Angeles; and Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley
Kersten Geers, OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Brussels

Conference organized by Sylvia Lavin
December 4th and 5th
Betts Auditorium, Princeton University School of Architecture
©2015 Princeton University School of Architecture. Recorded by the Broadcast Center, Princeton University.