5pm Thursday 22nd October – Budden Lecture Theatre
This lecture revisits the age-old impulse to "make the world cohere" through architectural theories, buildings, and artefacts. If up until recently, society agreed that buildings - and by the same token, cities - were the site where the natural order, the social order, and the technical order could be integrated and made appear as a whole, this has radically changed after the increasing specialization of the spheres of life. This talk attempts to readdress architectural objects that have aimed at the integration of culture and nature, artifice and reason, looking for ways to supersede the barren dichotomy of a world split between technophiles and technophobes.
Cristóbal Amunátegui (1978) received his professional degree from PUC School of Architecture in Santiago, and was awarded a Master of Science by Columbia University GSAPP, New York. He is the editor of Potlatch, and a doctoral candidate in the program of Architectural History and Theory at Princeton University. In 2011 he co-founded with Alejandro Valdés the studio Amunátegui Valdés architects, based in Santiago with a chapter in New York.