Lecture: Project Zagreb
Transition is a condition that creates opportunities for architecture and urbanism. Zagreb is the perfect site for examining this generative dynamic: practicing in conditions of continuous instability, its architects and planners developed strategies for creatively engaging the conditional and open-ended — for anticipating and instrumentalizing the condition of irresolution. Moving between texts, maps, and diagrams, Project Zagreb reads the city as an open work, dynamic but coherent, in which architecture plays an active role in the formation of both urban practices and the city itself.
Eve Blau is Adjunct Professor of Architectural History at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her books include Project Zagreb: Transition as Condition, Strategy, Practice (with Ivan Rupnik, 2007), The Architecture of Red Vienna, 1919-1934 (1999), Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe, 1890-1937 (1999), Architecture and Cubism (1997), Architecture and Its Image (1989). Editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians from 1997-2000, Blau was Curator of Exhibitions and Publications at the Canadian Centre for Architecture from 1984-1990, and Adjunct Curator from 1991-2001.
Ivan Rupnik is an architect and PhD candidate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He was an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University (2004-05), and is the author (with Eve Blau) of Project Zagreb: Transition as Condition, Strategy, Practice (Actar, 2007). His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Quito Biennale, and at Archmoscow.