14 March 2009
In the last fifty years the basic tenets of mid-twentieth-century analyses of Palladio’s architecture have been accepted, popularized, expanded and mutated, but have also been subject to critique. This symposium re-examines these interpretations of Palladio’s architectural production – both his built and written work – seeking to locate them within their historiographical contexts. The aim is to look at different aspects of Palladio’s continuing impact and effect, and reflect on the contemporary relevance of his distinct architectural tradition.
The film Palladio: The Architect and his Influence in America (1977) by James Ackerman and John Terry will be screened between the first session of presentations and the final roundtable discussion. The roundtable discussion will be moderated by MaryAnne Stevens, Jeremy Melvin and Marina Lathouri.
1pm Welcome by Brett Steele (AA Director)
Introduction by Marina Lathouri
1.20pm Professor Lionel March (UCLA - Cambridge University): 'Remarks on Quattro Libri II'
1.50pm Dr Pier Vittorio Aureli (The Berlage Institute - AA): 'The Geopolitics of the ideal villa: Palladio and the project of an anti-ideal city'
2.20pm Professor Dr Caroline van Eck (University of Leiden): 'The virtual reconstruction of classical architecture: Palladio and Inigo Jones as architectural historians'
2.50pm Professor Dr Werner Oechslin (ETH Zürich): 'Palladianism with and without Palladio'
Roundtable discussion chaired by Marina Lathouri
4pm Introduction by Jeremy Melvin (Royal Academy of Arts)
Screening of Palladio: The Architect and his Influence in America
5.15pm Discussion with Professor Howard Burns and Professor Alan Colquhoun
Architectural Association Lecture Hall, 36 Bedford Square, WC1B 3ES; 1–6 pm; free, no booking required; for information only, call 020 7887 4000