When Lines Became Objects with Jordan Kauffman

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Rosanna Verde

rverde@unimelb.edu.au

MSD Public Lecture



Please join us for the next MSD Public Lecture with Jordan Kauffman, Architectural Historian

About this event

This talk traces a moment in the late 20th century when architectural drawings attained autonomy from architectural processes to become perceived as aesthetic artifacts in and of themselves. It unravels the transnational social and economic forces that shifted perceptions and understandings of them, the impact this had on their collection and preservation as objects with historical and cultural value, and the effects of this on the discipline and practice of architecture.

About the speaker

Jordan Kauffman is an architectural historian whose work spans from the Renaissance to the present, with particular interests in architectural representations, art-architecture relationships, global architectural history, and architecture’s impact on Indigenous landscapes. His book, Drawing on Architecture, The Object of Lines, 1970-1990, was published by the MIT Press in 2018, and numerous essays of his have appeared in academic and disciplinary media. Kauffman has taught architecture and design history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brandeis University, Tufts University, Boston University, and Monash University. He sits on the editorial board of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand.

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