Open Lecture in Architecture: James Taylor-Foster

James Taylor-Foster (photo: Erica Lindberg)
EKA suur saal A-101, Põhja pst 7

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The next lecturer of the Open Lecture Series this autumn will be Stockholm-based writer, editor, designer and broadcaster James Taylor-Foster. Taylor-Foster will be stepping on the stage of the main auditorium of the new EKA building on the 29th of November at 6 pm to talk about the role of display, exhibitionism, words, and speech as instruments of architectural practice.

James Taylor-Foster is working in the fields of architecture, design, e-culture and technology. He is curator of contemporary architecture and design at ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design. Formerly European editor-at-large at ArchDaily, the world’s most visited architecture platform, he has practiced architecture in the UK and The Netherlands. In 2016 he co-curated the Nordic Pavilion at the 15th Biennale Architettura di Venezia and in 2018 he participated in the central exhibition—Freespace—at the 16th.

With bylines at Metropolis, PIN-UP, Domus, Volume, Monocle, Mousse, Disegno, and Real Review, he is also a regular voice on Monocle 24 radio. James has been a visiting critic or lecturer in architecture at the University of Cambridge, The Bartlett (UCL), University College Dublin, the Architectural Association, the CASS, the Strelka Institute, TU Delft, the Berlage Institute, and MIT. He sits on the advisory board of the Future Architecture Platform.

According to Taylor-Foster architecture is a practice of referencing, referring to, mimicking, and communicating. Architects—and those who operate in and around the sphere of building environments for people and things—hunt and gather in order to absorb and represent. This talk will explore the role of display, exhibitionism, words, and speech as instruments of architectural practice.

The architecture and urban planning department of the EKA has been curating the Open Lectures on Architecture series since 2012 – each year, a dozen architects, urbanists, both practicing as well as academics, introduce their work and field of research to the audience in Tallinn. All lectures are in English, free and open to all interested.

The series is funded by the Estonian Cultural Endowment.

Curators: Sille Pihlak, Johan Tali
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