High Tech Reassessed | Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

June 8, 2018

Conference | High Tech Reassessed
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich
8th & 9th June 2018

Staged in association with the exhibition Superstructures: The New Architecture 1960-1990, this conference explores the contexts and legacies of High Tech architecture in Britain and internationally, from the late 20th century to today. Situated somewhere between the long trajectory of ‘unfinished’ modernism and the postmodern ‘turn’, High Tech has been a term of contestation since it first appeared 40 years ago. This conference seeks to address its multiple meanings and contradictions, and situate it in relation to history, theory and practice.

Speakers include: Professor Todd Gannon, Head of the Architecture Section at The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School and author of Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech; Professor Pat Kirkham, Professor of Design History at Kingston University; Professor Jane Pavitt, Head of the School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries at Kingston University; Dr Otto Saumarez Smith, Shuffrey Junior Research Fellow in Architectural History Lincoln College, University of Oxford; and Douglas Spencer, Lecturer in Historical and Critical Thinking at the Architectural Association and author of The Architecture of Neoliberalism.

For abstracts, conference schedule and booking details visit https://scva.ac.uk/whats-on/events/superstructures-the-new-architecture-1960-1990-conference

This one and a half day conference will take place at the University of East Anglia. It has been programmed in partnership with the Modern Interiors Research Centre at Kingston University.