Lance Blomgren uses his 2009 book Walkups—a novella set entirely within Montréal’s row house apartment buildings—as a springboard for an analysis of the discursive plane of fictional architecture. Looking at works by John Hejduk, Ilya Kabakov, Alice Aycock and others, Blomgren argues that contemporary modes of speculative architecture offer a vital, if ethically fraught, glimpse into what remains the pressing question: how to support subjective agency and social fluidity within the literal confines of the built environment. Lance Blomgren is a Vancouver-based writer, curator and artist.
Learning From… Montréal is part of a sequence of lectures called Learning From… , which takes its title from Learning from Las Vegas (1972), Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour’s influential publication. In this spirit, the series brings together experts to explore specific urban conditions and their relevance to the future development of cities.