Test Sites: Experiments in the History of Space

A symposium hosted by the Division of Architecture
October 12, 2013 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

Info: Irene Cheng

Test Sites: Experiments in the History of Space, organized by Irene Cheng and David Gissen, gathers leading scholars and critics for a one-day conference to investigate what lies outside these dominant modes of architectural and urban history, exploring alternative practices such as reconstructions, counterfactual histories, new media, critical conservation, and even destruction.

Speakers will present specific projects as examples or "test sites" for experimental historical practice.

Lucia Allais
Amy Balkin
Keller Easterling
Nicholas de Monchaux
Jorge Otero-Pailos
Marcos Sánchez
Mark Wasiuta

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Beyond mere novelty, the conference will raise questions how such alternative practices might enable architectural historians to explore overlooked terrains and populations, address wider audiences, and play a more central role in urban life.

The conference aims to reposition contemporary architectural and urban history as a critical, dynamic, and expanding field.

Related Exhibition
In conjunction with the symposium, the Architecture Division will stage An Olfactory Archive: 1738-1851, the first exhibition devoted exclusively to the recent works of artisans and historians who harness scents, essences, and fragrances in the reconstruction and preservation of historical spaces.

Please note: Aforementioned exhibition will have an opening reception Friday, October 11, at 7 p.m. in the Nave at CCA's San Francisco campus.

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The Test Sites Symposium is funded by CCA's Division of Architecture with support from the Visual and Critical Studies Program.