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Public lecture by ANDREAS RUBY: The Audience of Architecture 22/04

Andreas Ruby will be giving the final talk at the ‘Enable Symposium’ (‘Enabling Citizens’), on Sunday 22nd of April.

The keynote lecture is linked to the International Master’s Spring Lecture series titled ‘Pressures on the Urban Field: Ageing, Migration, Injustice’, curated and moderated by Anuschka Kutz.

The lecture is public and admission is free but registration is required. Please all visitors, students, lecturers and personnel register here.

Andreas Ruby is an architecture critic, curator, moderator, teacher and publisher. He has taught architectural theory and design at Cornell University, ENSAPM Paris Malaquais, the Metropolis Program Barcelona and Umea School of Architecture among others. Aside from regularly contributing to selected international architecture magazines, he has published about 20 books on contemporary architecture. In 2008 he co-founded together with Ilka Ruby the award-winning architecture publishing house RUBY PRESS. He has organized several international symposiums and exhibitions on architecture and design, such as the traveling exhibition „Druot, Lacaton & Vassal – Tour Bois le Prêtre“ launched in 2012, the Montenegro Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennial in 2014, and most recently „Together. The New Architecture of the Collective“ at the Vitra Design Museum. Since 2016 he is the director of the SAM Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel.

Architecture by default has the largest audience of all the arts because it is unavoidable. If you dont like poetry, you can decide not to read any. If you are not interested in theater, you can choose not go see a play. But architeture is literally in your way everywhere you go. In that sense architecture has a granted audience. If we are aware of it ot not, we are all everyday experts of architecture, since we all use buildings and urban spaces every day. Spectacularly oblivious of this luxury, the discourse of architecture is mostly directed to architects and academics. It’s time to strip off the blind-folds of this regressive isolationism and embrace the inhabitable space of architecture and the city as a democratic medium for the production of society.

  • Sunday 22nd of April
  • Salon conversation 15h15 – 16h00
  • 16h00 – 17h00
  • WTC24 (WTC Brussels, Tower 1, Level 24, Koning Albert II-Laan 30, 1000 Brussels)
  • All practical information and updates in the programme of the ENABLE conference can be found on the website.