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The School that Never Was

Mon, Nov 20/17 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Mediatheque (Room 200), 1 Spadina Crescent

Registration is required for this event. Reserve your ticket on the registration page.

Doors will open at 6 PM. Ticket holders must arrive by 6:20 PM (with their printed or mobile ticket) to claim their seats. There will be a rush line for those without tickets. Any unclaimed seats will be released to the rush line at 6:20 PM.

This event is part of the What is a school? series at the Daniels Faculty.

"The School that Never Was" is a joint initiative with the Canadian Centre for Architecture and their exhibition The University is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture curated by Joaquim Moreno. The exhibition will run at the CCA in Montreal from November 15, 2017 - April 1, 2018.

This event is in collaboration with the CCA exhibition The University Is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture, which explores the convergence of mass media and mass education through the case study of The Open University and, in particular, its course A305, History of Architecture and Design, 1890–1939.
By looking at how universities have shared knowledge historically and the relationship to social and economic demands for increased education, it becomes clear that there is an urgent need to have conversations that question what kinds of knowledge are transferrable and the purpose of advanced or higher education within deployment of media environments.

What is the role of mass media and the university in the formation of architecture as culture? These discussions need a historical, technical, and critical approach. Has openness been pursued, institutionalized, and implemented in conflation with the ideal of democratic or as liberal access? —and how should it be? What might be the contemporary form for a “university of the air”?

Moderated by Associate Professor John Harwood.


Joaquim Moreno graduated in Architecture from the University of Porto, and holds a Master’s from the Barcelona Technical School of Architecture and a PhD from Princeton University. He is adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University, Minho University and Autónoma University. Moreno was one of the editors of the Portuguese journal InSi(s)tu and co-curator, with the philosopher José Gil, of the Portuguese representation at the Venice Architecture Biennial 2008. Moreno is an active member of the Jornal Arquitectos team and co-curated with Paula Pinto the exhibition Guido Guidi –Carlo Scarpa’s Brion Tomb – at Garagem Sul/CCB in 2015.

Mary Lou Lobsinger is a writer, artist, and an architectural historian. Her research on the histories and theories of modern architecture and urbanism focuses on issues of historiography, and on technology and the techniques of articulation. She has published widely and held fellowships and received awards from the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Graham Foundation, the Social Science and Research Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Design Council, the Graduate School of Design, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Lobsinger’s creative practice includes video and text-based visual works and environments for multi-disciplinary experiments as well as architectural practice. She holds a B.A. (Fine Arts, University of Guelph), BArch (University of Waterloo), MDeS (GSD), PhD (Harvard University) and has taught at design schools in Canada, the USA and in Europe.