SESSION 3 – Un-Silencing the Past: Documentation and Pedagogy Beyond the List

TOPIC

This session explores alternative methods of raising awareness to global heritage. The current listing procedures are caught in the politics of nation-states and reflect their power to canonize heritage. We seek instead an active engine that perpetually identifies meaningful sites for people around the world. This session turns to architectural pedagogy and new areas and modes of documentation to seek knowledge that goes beyond the boundaries of the state and constantly challenge and expand the list of heritage sites, and consequently, the histories they
conjure.

We aim focusing on the acts of observing, inquiring, and networking that are necessary to identify sites that are constituted as historical resources, that are recognized as carrying attributes that amount to cultural heritage. The session raises questions about the potential of innovative documentation techniques and global histories networks to constantly identify new inventory of sites that escape institutional attention as a result of neglect, conflict, poverty and racism.

SPEAKERS

Prof. Alona Nitzan-Shiftan (Moderator)

Alona Nitzan-Shiftan is Associate Professor of history and theory at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, where she heads the Aronson Built Heritage Research Center. She received her PhD from MIT, and leading research institutes such as CASVA, the Getty/ UCLA Program, the Israel Science Foundation, and the Frankel Institute at the University of Michigan, supported her research. Her work on inter- and postwar architectural modernisms, including Erich Mendelsohn, I. M. Pei, “United Jerusalem”, “Whitened Tel Aviv,” critical historiography, and heritage has been widely published. As the head of the Technion’s Architectural Program she led the transition required for implementing a new curriculum of M.Arch studies. She was the president of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN), and co-chaired its conference “Histories in Conflict”. Her awards winning book Seizing Jerusalem: The Architectures of Unilateral Unification will be followed by the Israeli volume of Reaktion’s series Modern Architectures in History.

Professor Uta Pottgiesser (Panelist)

Uta Pottgiesser is Professor of Heritage & Technology in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology. The Chair of Heritage & Technology offers a research programme on the technical aspects of architectural heritage, which is vital for the sound restoration of historical buildings.

She currently is vice-chair of DOCOMOMO Germany and chair of the DOCOMOMO International Specialist Committee on Technology (ISC/T). Uta Pottgiesser is internationally active as a board member and reviewer of international journals (e.g. JFDE, JID, Strategic Design Journal), in PhD commissions and organiser of several conferences and seminars. Besides her academic career she acts as a jury member in architectural competitions.

Professor Mark Jarzombek (Panelist)

Mark Jarzombek is Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture in MIT. He works on a wide range of topics – both historical and theoretical. He is one of the country’s leading advocates for global history and has published several books and articles on that topic, including the ground-breaking textbook entitled A Global History of Architecture (Wiley Press, 2006).
Jarzombek has organized several major international conferences on topics such as Holocaust Memorials, Architecture and Cultural Studies, and East European Architecture. He was the founding faculty editor of Thresholds, an annual peer-reviewed journal produced by the Department of Architecture. The content of which features leading scholars and practitioners from the fields of architecture, art, and cultural studies.

Professor Stephen Fai (Panelist)

Stephen Fai is Professor Programs in the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism in the Faculty of Engineering and Design, Carleton University, Canada. He is Director the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) which is a Carleton University Research Centre (CURC). Prof. Fai holds a cross-appointment in the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture (ICSLAC).

His research focuses on Architectural representation; architecture and religion; architecture and microhistory. Fai Current projects include documentation and dissemination of ethno-cultural methods of construction; biomedical visualization; building information modelling for heritage conservation.

Katie Graham (Panelist)

Katie Graham received her BAS (2008) and M.ARCH (2010) in architecture at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Architecture with a focus on the relationship between architecture and virtual reality storytelling, focusing on how the emerging medium introduces new narrative possibilities.