#21 Hello World?

The architect as policy whisperer

Why the talk is inspiring?

Policy whispering implies the activation of architectural production for the sake of future public policies, i.e. dealing with architecture’s capacity to influence – in a pro-active manner – the political agenda. How to implement policy whispering into contemoprary architectural discipline?

The talk is a part of “The Swamp Pavilion” – Lithuanian representation in 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The talk will take take place on October 24th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.
The talk will start at 20:00 and will be in English. Event is free.



Peter Swinnen

How the speaker is exceptional?

Peter Swinnen is an architect. He currently practices architecture at his Brussels based office CRIT. and conducts PhD research at the KUL University on The political praxis of architecture. Between 2010-15 Swinnen enrolled as state architect for the Flemish Region, a public mandate for which he developed strategic pilot instruments allowing architecture to become – again – a leading policy making discipline. The pilot programs focused on collective housing, health care infrastructure, blackfields and energy landscapes. In 2013 he co-curated The Ambition of the Territory at the Architecture Biennale Venice. From 1998 till 2014 Swinnen founded and spearheaded the architectural office of 51N4E, with key projects such as C-MINE, TID Tower, Skanderbeg Square, ISTANBUL 2050, BUDA Arts Centre and the walled Arteconomy residence. In 2011 he edited the publications Reasons For Walling a House and Double or Nothing.


Contribution à une Théorie de l’Architecture (1952)

Auguste Perret

Why the book is worth reading?

As the title suggests the ‘contribution’ is is an attempt, a complement. It is not an autonomous manifesto, rather a supporting act to Modernism. A refreshingly clear no-nonse brief for the post WWII architectural discipline.