Nicolai Ourussoff, american writer and a former architecture critic of The New York Times, will held the workshop the idea of which is to trace some of the key conflicts that have shaped architecture over the past 100-plus years, from the clashes between Classicists and Modernists that shook Chicago at the turn of the last century to the politically fraught projects that reshaped Berlin after reunification. At the workshop would be raised such topics as Housing The Proletariat In Red Vienna, Le Corbusier’s Campaign Against The City, Cold War Anxieties, Pop Explosion and others.
The point of the workshop is get away from the conventional idea of architecture as a series of period styles – to demonstrate how it can embody, or sometimes even challenge – bigger social and political trends.
Nicolai Ouroussoff is a writer and a former architecture critic of The New York Times, were he wrote widely on architecture and urbanism in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004, 2006 and 2011. Ouroussoff’s work has also appeared in publications such as Harper’s Magazine, Art Forum, the New York Observer and Vanity Fair.
Nicolai Ouroussoff is currently writing a book on architecture, culture and politics from the birth of Modernism to today.