Visiting Scholar Seminar: Hadas-Anna Steiner

Archigram and the Structure of Circulation
Seminar, 6 May 2005

Visiting Scholar Hadas-Anna Steiner presents her research which is the first analytical study of Archigram, the underground architectural journal published in London at irregular intervals from 1961 to 1970.

Portraits of reflexive architectures that cross-pollinated structural and communications technology were the primary content of the journal and the source of its broad appeal. Freshly uncovered archival materials viewed through an innovative theoretical lens reveal how the imagery of the Archigram prepared the groundwork for a discipline overwhelmingly dependent on industrial processes and durable materials to integrate complex, indeterminate systems with structure. As commercial digital systems were becoming available, the Archigram enterprise formulated an architectural vocabulary of metamorphosis and obsolescence. The ambulatory and transient structures represented in the journal were among the very first explorations of the dilemmas introduced by electronic culture and set the course for the visual output of what are now commonplace tools in architectural practice. Ultimately, this study provides a foundation for further analysis of the integration of computing technology into every level of design.

Hadas-Anna Steiner is Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo, received a Ph.D. in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master degree in Art History from University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Art in Architecture from Columbia University. She is the author of Beyond Archigram: The Technology of Circulation (Routledge) and her scholarship and reviews have been published in OCTOBER, Grey Room, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of Architecture and arq.

Hadas-Anna Steiner was a Visiting Scholar at the CCA in 2005.


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