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IDEA@UdeM 2013

(International Doctoral Encounters in Architecture @ Université de Montréal)


“Ornament, Algorithms and Analogies:

between cognitive and technological operations in architecture”

24-25 May 2013

Montreal, Canada


Hosted by:

the Chaire de recherche sur les concours et les pratiques contemporaines en architecture (www.crc.umontreal.ca );

the Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle (www.leap.umontreal.ca ); and

the School of Architecture at the Université de Montréal (www.arc.umontreal.ca ).


This doctoral encounter is co-organized by Jean-Pierre Chupin (UdeM)
and Aliki Economides (Harvard GSD).


Comité scientifique / Scientific committee

Direction / Coordination : Jean-Pierre Chupin (Phd, Professeur, Université de Montréal) + Aliki Economides (Phd candidate, GSD Harvard)
·     Roberto Gargiani, Phd, Professeur et directeur, Section d’architecture, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
·     Steve Fai, Phd, Professor, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University
·     Louis Martin, PhD, Professeur, Département d’histoire de l’art, Université du Québec à Montréal
·     Denis Bilodeau, PhD, Professeur, École d’architecture, Université de Montréal
·     Tracey Eve Winton, Phd, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo
.     Carmela Cucuzzella, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University
·     Nicholas Roquet, PhD, Professeur adjoint, École d’architecture, Université de Montréal
·     Izabel Amaral, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Architecture, McGill University
·     Paolo Amaldi, Phd, Professeur ENSA Versailles
·     Estelle Thibaut PhD, ENSA Paris-Belleville





VENDREDI 24 MAI Amphithéâtre 3110,

Faculté de l'aménagement, Université de Montréal


9:00am                          Introduction

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jean-Pierre Chupin (Université de Montréal, Faculté de l'aménagement)

The Current State and Stakes of the Question of Ornament
Aliki Economides (Harvard University Graduate School of Design)



10:00am -12:30pm     Session 1 Experiments in Methods and Materials

Dressing Nottingham Contemporary: Physical Models and the Design Ethos of Caruso St. John Architects
Pedro Engel (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Programa de Pós Graduação em Arquitetura)

Garish Polychromy as a New Ornamental Component of the Contemporary Architecture
Anne Petit (École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Nantes)

Towards a New Grammar of Ornament: Experimentation and the Archive in the Work of Herzog & de Meuron
Bechara Helal (Université de Montréal, Faculté de l'aménagement)

Discussion lead by Carmela Cucuzzella (Concordia University)
Steve Fai (Carleton University)


12:30 - 2:00 pm            Lunch break


2:00 – 4:30 pm             Session 2 Structure and Ornament Revisited

The "Naked" Ornament, Between Muscles and Skeleton
Susanne Stacher (École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles)

Towards a 'Rhythmology' of Architectural Ornament. Between Modeling and
Improvising: Impasses and Hopes for Animation

Olivier Perrier (École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Lyon)

Structure and Ornament: Structure as Ornament?
Cornelia Tapparelli (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

Discussion lead by Izabel Amaral (McGill University) and
Nicholas Roquet (Université de Montreal)


4:30 – 5:00 pm             Refreshment break


5:00 pm                         Keynote Address

   Construction et ornement, de Brunelleschi à Koolhaas
   Roberto Gargiani (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

[7:30pm Dinner ]




SAMEDI 25 MAI Amphithéâtre 3110,
Faculté de l'aménagement, Université de Montréal


10:00am - 12:30pm    Session 3 Images, Discourses and Tropes

The notion of "baroque" in contemporary discourses on ornamentation: the case of the digital avant-garde of the 90s
Florence Plihon (École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et de Paysage de Lille)

On Excuses and Motifs: Genealogies of Modern Ornaments
Pep Avilés (Princeton University School of Architecture)

Toward a Critical Imageability: Thinking Spatial Disposition Through Protocols of Representation
José Aragüez (Princeton University School of Architecture)

Discussion lead by Louis Martin (Université du Québec à Montréal) and
Denis Bilodeau (Université de Montreal)


12:30 - 2:00 pm            Lunch break


2:00 – 3:30 pm             Session 4 Intersection of Nature and Culture

Figural Provocations for a Digital Age
Alessandro Ayuso (The Bartlett, University College London)

Ornament, Infrastructure and Risk: The Architectural Aftermath of Lisbon, 1755
Marrikka Trotter (Harvard University Graduate School of Design)

Discussion lead by Tracey Eve Winton (University of Waterloo) and
Steve Fai (Carleton University)


3:30 – 4:00 pm             Refreshment break


4:00 – 4:30 pm             Writing a PhD thesis in architecture…is neither crime, nor ornament!

Jean-Pierre Chupin (Université de Montréal, Faculté de l'aménagement)


4:30 – 5:30 pm            Roundtable Discussion on architectural research at the doctoral level

All IDEA@UdeM participants


[7:30pm Dinner ]


NB. Since the Université de Montréal is a French-speaking university, abstracts may be submitted in French or English but applicants must bear in mind that the final texts, oral presentations and discussions will be in English.

Université de Montréal
Research Chair on Competitions and Contemporary Practices in Architecture
Laboratoire d'Étude de l'Architecture Potentielle