Christophe van Gerrewey

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Professeur assistant tenure track

christophe.vangerrewey@epfl.ch +41 21 69 33257

EPFL ENAC IA ACHT
BP 4144 (Bâtiment BP)
Station 16
CH-1015 Lausanne

Données administratives

Compétences

Criticism, History and Theory of Architecture (and Literature and the Visual Arts)
Philosophical and Cultural Views on Architecture and Urban Planning


Education

Ph.D. Engineering: Architecture �Architecture, A User�s Manual. Theory, history and criticism of architecture since 1950 according to Geert Bekaert� Ghent University 2014
Postgraduate Academic Master of Arts Literary Science KULeuven 2006
Master in Engineering Architecture Ghent University 2005

Publications

Enseignement & Phd

Enseignement

  • Architecture,

Programmes doctoraux

  • Doctoral Program in Architecture and Sciences of the City

Cours

Enoncé théorique de master

L'énoncé théorique de master constitue la première partie du Projet de Master. L'étudiant pose les bases théoriques de son travail, décrit le cadre thématique, référentiel et méthodologique. Il énonce clairement et précisément la question centrale d'archi... goto

Architecture, 2018-2019, Master semestre 1, language : français
Architecture, 2018-2019, Master semestre 3, language : français

Théorie de l'architecture V/VI

Le cours offre un résumé de la théorie de l'architecture depuis 1789. Le but est d'interpréter et de critiquer des textes dans lesquels l'architecture est définie comme une discipline synthétisant une variété de thèmes (social, artistique, politique, exis... goto

Architecture, 2018-2019, Bachelor semestre 5, language : français
Architecture, 2018-2019, Semestre automne, language : français

Recherche

1 Some architectural writers of the 20th century

In 1972, Nikolaus Pevsner published the book 'Some architectural writers of the nineteenth century'. The current state of architectural theory, history and criticism asks for an update to his study: overspecialization in the architectural humanities has made combinations of historical research, critical judgments and theoretical speculation quite difficult. Nevertheless, only some decades ago many important 'architectural writers' were active in the architectural culture of the Western World. The aim of this monographic research is to define their intellectual projects, and to interpret their ideas on architecture before the fragmentation of its cultural and scientific field.

2 The fate of architectural singularity

In an essay from 1989, American writer John Updike asked himself if architecture can be criticized. 'Isn’t one duty of architecture', he wrote, 'simply to be different – to give us a sense of change and renewal in our lives?' Updike as such unwittingly defined architecture as the production of 'singular objects', in for example the postmarxist vein of a philosopher like Jean Baudrillard, who declared, in a conversation with Jean Nouvel: 'A work of architecture is a singularity, and all these singularities can create holes, interstices and voids in the metastatic fullness of culture.’ Given the worldwide - mostly visual - 'success' of architecture, this critical tradition has without a doubt come into affliction, not in the least because its roots in old and often premoderns traditions has remained unexposed.

3 1989: a year in the life and work of OMA

The year 1989 can be regarded as a turning point for contemporary Western architecture: after the fall of the Berlin Wall, its social power and pretensions were gradually replaced by a mere 'cultural' presence; instead of creating or defining urban environments, architects fell back on the construction of 'merveilles'. One architectural firm embodied this shift emblematically: the Office for Metropolitan Architecture of Rem Koolhaas. A micro-historical inquiry into the projects of OMA from 1989 - such as the Très Grand Bibliothèque, the Sea Trade Center, the completion of the IJ-plein social housing project, but also the Villa dall'Ava - can help to circumscribe this historical, theoretical and critical evolution.