Copy / Paste: The Role of the Reference in Postmodern Architecture

Postmodern Architecture EAHN interest group inaugural event, June 1st 2016, Irish Architectural Archives, Merrion Square, Dublin

Part of the 4th International Meeting of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN)

Organised by Léa-Catherine Szacka, Véronique Patteeuw

Lea Pomo Dublin

In the last few years, postmodernism has moved from a much hated and forgotten (not to say shameful) episode in history, to an era at the forefront of popular expression, critical examinations and artistic production. The renewed interest in the period manifested itself in a series of important exhibitions taking place in large cultural institutions in Europe and beyond. Paired with this new public awareness, the recent extension of academic inquiries encompasses what is generally called ‘recent history’. EAHN’s newly created interest group focusing on postmodernism shares this renewed interest in the postmodern period and aims to open up academic debate on this particular historical context, while confirming its relevance for current research.

At the 2016 bi-annual EAHN conference, the postmodern architecture interest group will organise an event on the theme of “Copy/Paste”. Investigating the role of copy/paste and the reference in postmodern architecture will, in turn, tackle one of its most important characteristics: the shift from constructed reality to image. How is the reference used in the elaboration of postmodern architecture? How is the idea of copy/paste translated or materialised within postmodern architecture? How are postmodern facades exemplary of techniques of copying and pasting? And how have copying and pasting techniques influenced both the practice of architecture and the architectural discourse in the postmodern era?

This inaugural event – taking the form of a round table discussion – will be held in Dublin, on June 1st 2016, 14h to 15h30.


Léa-Catherine Szacka and Véronque Patteeuw: Copy/Paste, An introduction

Stefaan Vervoort: Copying in 3D or the influence of the sculpture

Anna Ulrikke Andersen: Copying and authenticity?

Christina Pech: Copying the vernacular

Amanda Lawrence: Copying the drawing / the unrealized building

Round table discussion


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