PROKALO is back!
Our first session will be on Tuesday the 27th of November
2nd Floor board room
Evolution House, West Port
Followed by drinks and nibbles to toast our new PGR students and welcome them to ESALA
The PROKALO team is very happy to announce our first speaker this term – Dr Jim Lawson, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Landscape Architecture with us here at the University of Edinburgh with his seminar titled:
A Theory of History and a Fifteenth century Building Programme:
Alberti and Sant’ Andre in Mantua
Abstract: Vitruvius’s terms ‘Firmitas’, ‘Utilitas’ and ‘Venustas’ have helped organise the architects’ thoughts since ancient times. However, the hierarchy of value that they can be taken to imply was not always applied. Alberti’s idea of architecture’s history made tacit acknowledgement of them but configured them differently. His recommendation to his patron of his proposal for the church of Sant’ Andrea in Mantua reveals the primary driver of design to have been considerations of utilitas.
Dr Jim Lawson is a senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh University. He previously held positions at several education institutions before coming to Edinburgh in 1995 where he has taught extensively in the area of History of Architecture.
His scholarly interests are in Renaissance, architecture and theory, European Enlightenment, and photographic history and criticism. The major part of his scholarly energies are currently directed towards Leon Battista Alberti and the very extensive intellectual world that he inhabited.
We look forward to seeing you there – all staff and students welcome!
The Prokalo Team