Architecture + Ecriture


Architecture + Ecriture
30.6–9.7.2017, Paris College of Art
Paris College of Art
15 Rue Fénelon
75010 Paris

Architecture & Ecriture celebrates writing as a critical and creative practice. As the literary branch of the Architectural Association Visiting School, we welcome architects as well as writers, curators or artists interested in spatial theory and literature to join us in Paris from 30 June to 9 July 2017 for the production of exciting new written and performative pieces. 

Modeled on the Literary Salon, Architecture & Ecriture draws largely, though not exclusively, from French cultural studies and literature. During our stay in Paris, we will explore how various forms of writing, and in particular the form of the essay, can contribute to the development of architectural and spatial thinking.*

For this second edition we will read Montaigne and his essays, Barthes and his lectures, Butor and his multifaceted and nomadic writings, Cixous and her memoirs. We will enter the libraries of the world, real and imaginary, with the Virtual Exhibition ‘La Bibliothèque, la nuit’ at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Conceived by director Robert Lepage and his company Ex Machina, the exhibition is based on Alberto Manguel’s spellbinding book The Library at Night.**

This summer 2017, we are delighted to welcome writer and translator Dr. Kate Briggs, poet and Professor of Fine Art Kristen Kreider, bookbinder Laurel Parker, and graphic designer Rosa Nussbaum. The AA Paris Visiting School is directed by Dr. Caroline Rabourdin, lecturer at the AA School of Architecture.