Canadian Architect


François Dallegret lecture

November 30, 2015
Carleton University 1125 Colonel By Drive Ottawa, Ontario

The Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University, is proud to present

 Open Forum Lecture

 François Dallegret

“Villa Ironique

(Plus Some Stories from 50 Years of Inventions)”

Monday, November 30, 2015


Architecture Building

Carleton University

1125 Colonel By Drive

Ottawa, Ontario

Free and Open to the Public

For over 50 years, the architect-artist-interventionist François Dallegret has uniquely shaped the culture of design in Canada and around the world.  Quickly following his architecture studies at Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts in the early 1960s, Dallegret devoted his energies to intervening in and always questioning representational systems that underestimate the role of the human being.  His drawing A Home Is Not a House famously accompanied Reyner Banham’s celebrated article of 1965 and remains an icon of radical experiments in design.  Throughout his career, which continues to push the limits of drawings, graphic and industrial design, architecture, and large-scale environmental installations today, Dallegret reveals the ideological processes at the heart of our environment’s technological evolution – and always with a sense of humour.  Past works evolve to inform new ones: the drawing of The Ironic Villa (1983) and its text, The World Inside Out, paved the way for GOD’s Villa (2015) with an animated version to be shown at the Variable Dimensions exhibition in the Arsenal Pavilion, Paris, in 2015.  In addition, ASS-IS (2007-2015) and the numerous variations on the theme of BOMB (2018) are in turn connected via a new animation being produced for forthcoming solo exhibitions at the Woodbury Gallery in Los Angeles in 2016 and at Columbia University in 2017.  Dallegret’s extensive production was collected in the travelling exhibition GOD & CO: François Dallegret Beyond the Bubble (2011), with a book of the same title produced by Architectural Association Publications.

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