Lecture: Architectural Discourse
8 November, 2018
University of Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Lecture: Architectural Discourse : The Smell of Politics Liberalism in Civilia and Townscape by Professor John Macarthur

The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning will host John Macarthur, Professor of Architecture at the University of Queensland, to give a public lecture on the fictional city named Civilia, located in the English Midlands. Featured in Hubert de Cronin Hastings’ 1971 book, Professor Macarthur will discuss the politics of Civilia and there relevance within architectural discourse, economics and culture. Furthermore, Hastings’s “radical visual philosophy” will be used to challenge the concept of aesthetic  freedom. This lecture will promote a critical analysis of Hastings’ book within the context of architecture today.

Date and time: Thursday 8 November 2018, 6pm for a 6:30pm start

Location: LT1, Level 2, Wilkinson Building, 148 City Rd, University of Sydney

Register here.

About Professor John Macarthur

John Macarthur FAHA is Professor of Architecture at the University of Queensland where he teaches history, theory and design. He was the founding Director of the research centre for Architecture, Theory, Criticism and History (ATCH). His research on the intellectual history of architecture has focused on the conceptual framework of the relation of architecture and the visual arts from the Picturesque to the present. Recent publications include Pavilion Propositions (with Susan Holden, Ashley Paine and Wouter Davidts) and the essay “The Banality of 240cm” (in the catalogue of this year’s Swiss Pavilion at Venice).


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