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A history of references

The attitudes to history evident in the work of specific architects, historical and contemporary, form our focus here. We want to look back, but with a mind to the present and future, to understand how history has been used today and in history. Referencing, quoting, copying, stealing, rejecting—these are all ways of dealing with what came before us, and we’re interested in how architects take a position in relation to the past in order to produce work that’s relevant for their time.

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Organizing Tendencies

Charles Jencks and Alejandro Zaero-Polo compare diagrams

In his 2016 essay “Well into the 21st Century,” Alejandro Zaera-Polo attempted to define and categorize new forms of practice that have emerged in the last decade. As a follow-up, Zaera-Polo and Guillermo Fernández-Abascal applied the categories to emerging architectural practices, creating a “political compass” inspired by Charles Jencks’s famous evolutionary diagrams. At the invitation of the CCA, Zaera-Polo and Jencks met to discuss diagrams.

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This conversation took place in December 2017 at Charles Jencks’s home in Holland Park, London.

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