How can we define an image? Not an easy task, since it has a variety of meanings depending on the context in which we are operating. It could refer to a physical/digital representation – a drawing, a photograph, a computer-generated image – or a more subtle mental image, either reflective of the past or imaginative of the future. What is certain is that nowadays our knowledge of the built form and our creativity as architects is heavily based on images. How many buildings do we think we know due to indirect sources? Do we prioritize the image before the experience of a direct visit? Perhaps it is timely to discuss the impact of the image alongside the ‘real’ architecture itself.
In an informal setting and in dialogue with experienced and imaginative guests, The Colin Rowe Lectures aim to discuss the role of the image in architecture, particularly the crucial role of architectural photography. The occasions will allow invited experts and emerging scholars/practitioners to share their thoughts. The inaugural lecture on the 8 November 2016 was delivered by the acclaimed photographer and scholar Richard Pare.
If you would like to be considered for the emerging scholar/practitioner category please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with your personal interpretation of the ‘image of architecture’ via a photograph, a piece of writing, a collage, etc. The format must not exceed A4 for an artwork or 500 words for a written text and should be accompanied by a short biography of no more than 250 words, describing your interest in the subject. To formulate your proposal, you can reinterpret/reuse iconic images of architecture, explore the rich collection available at ribapix.com (at this stage through the low resolution resources offered on the link) or produce a new photograph. In the case that the artwork it is not a written text, a short caption is mandatory. Applicants at any stage of their career will be considered.
The deadline for the submission is Monday 30 January 2017, 5PM GMT. The selected applicant(s) will be invited to discuss the topic at the RIBA in May.
Colin Rowe was a graduate and later an influential lecturer at the Liverpool School of Architecture, where he mentored James Stirling. He analysed the iconography of architecture in seminal texts such as The Mathematics of the Ideal Villa (1947), Transparency (1963) and The Architecture of Good Intentions (1994).
Forum convened by Marco Iuliano (University of Liverpool) and Valeria Carullo (RIBA) The lectures are a collaboration between the Centre for Architecture and Visual Arts at the University of Liverpool (www.cava-research.org) and the Robert Elwall Photographs Collection at the RIBA (www.architecture.com/RIBA/Visitus/Library/Collections/Photographs.aspx).