Caption under image: Cedric Price Architects: Ducklands proposal, Hamburg 1989. ​​​Courtesy Canadian Centre for Architecture​

Lecture: Isabelle Doucet (OAT)​

"Disrupting Growth. Resisting Architecture?​"

Resistances to growth, including anti-capitalist and anti-consumerist efforts, have occurred outside and against the profession of architecture and urban design. But radical alternatives to growth have also become manifest within the professional practices of architecture. Critiques of growth have infiltrated the architectural profession through design competitions, architecture education, and professional periodicals and debates. This lecture explores architectural efforts towards alternatives to growth, throughout the 1970s and 1980s, that sprouted from perhaps-unexpected situations such as, among others, waterfront development (Cedric Price Architects’ “Ducklands” proposal for Hamburg, 1989) and the planning of a new university campus (Harry Parnass and Michel Lincourt’s “Metro/Education” project for Montreal, 1970). Offering imaginative yet pragmatic proposals for alternative futures, these projects prompt us to ask how slowing down growth can become a productive force. 

Isabelle Doucet is Professor of Theory and History of Architecture at Chalmers University 
of Technology, Sweden. Her research focuses on resistant architecture and the relationship between architecture, urban politics, and social responsibility. Her publications include "The Practice Turn in Architecture. Brussels after 1968" (Routledge 2015).​

The lecture of Caroline Maniaque-Benton is part of the public lectures Degrowth Histories

Date: 28. September, 2019
Time: 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm

Venue: AHO
Address: Maridalsveien 29

Contact: OAT