Neil Deinari at the University of Greenwich
Open International Lecture
at the Norbert Singer Lecture Theatre / M055
Mansion Site, Avery Hill Campus
Tuesday 29th October, 6PM
Realism in cinema and literature was overcome in the 1960’s and 70’s by new forms of abstraction and meta-modernisms, techniques that called into question the conditions that compelled work to be truthful and matter-of-fact. Given the physical and material nature of architecture, it would seem to be nothing but matter of fact, a medium of experiential presence. But with new technologies driving everyday life, architecture has drifted into a hazy peripheral background, well out sight in our digitally focused world. At times, architecture has become spectacular enough to capture our attention, but this work seems somehow less real (unbelievable) than ever as more extreme forms and materials come into play. This lecture, using cultural references and the work of NMDA, will ask questions and make claims about the status of the real in our contemporary landscape.
Neil Denari is principal of Neil M. Denari Architects Inc (NMDA), and Professor of Architecture at UCLA. Denari lectures worldwide and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and UC Berkeley among other schools and was the Director of SCI-Arc from 1997-2002. He is the author of Interrupted Projections (1996), Gyroscopic Horizons (1999), and Facticity, forthcoming in 2013. Neil Denari was the recipient of the Los Angeles AIA Gold Medal in 2011 and was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2009, he was given the California Community Foundation Fellowship from the United States Artists organization and in 2008 he received an Architecture Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. In addition to these personal awards, NMDA has been awarded the 2005 and 2007 National American Institute of Architecture Awards, 2005 Progressive Architecture citation, and the 2011 American Institute of Architecture/Los Angeles Honor Awards in both the built and unbuilt categories.