The Knight's Move: Anthony Vidler

Monday 20 June 2011, 8 pm
Location: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Language: English
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Anthony Vidler is a professor of architecture at Cooper Union in New York. He is the author of important and inspiring books like ‘Warped Space: Art, Architecture, and Anxiety in Modern Culture' (2000), ‘The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely' (1992) and  more recently ‘Histories of the Immediate Present. Inventing Architectural Modernism' (2008).

The lecture at Stroom is entitled 'Utopia and Architecture from Plato to Koolhaas: Possible and Impossible Futures for Cities.' Utopias from Plato to More, from Ledoux to Le Corbusier, have often invented or adopted architectural forms to imply that they could be built in the present. Vidler will argue that the role of utopias is to invent futures as a critique of the present. Utopias should never be built but rather act as paradigms of the impossible, urging the possible to higher efforts.

The Knight's Move
‘The Knight's Move' is a series of lectures by eminent international speakers who stand out by their unusual, enlightening and inspirational visions concerning the city, urbanity, the public domain, and community. Just as the knight moves in an atypical and unusual way across the chessboard, Stroom Den Haag likewise wants to cut across all disciplines and thus stimulate rethinking the city.

Media partner of this series of lectures is: De Groene Amsterdammer

The Knight's Move is made possible by the Netherlands Architecture Fund.

Archive 'The Knight's Move' 2009-present

Karl Valentin as Schwerer Reiter
photo: copyright Schloss Wahn
Media partner The Knight's Move
Anthony Vidler