Memory, Architecture and Public Space

International Seminar

Architect Julian Bonder will share his expertise in memorial architecture in a master class in Barcelona and Lyon

The students of the MA Urban Design – Arts, City, Society and of the Masters 1 Architecture (Materiality field of study) of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Lyon exchange their experiences in urbanistic and architectural projects with a special emphasis on the formal languages and discourses related to memory spaces. The purpose of this seminar, co-organized by sociologists from Centre Max Weber, is to reflect on the contemporary need to  transform and interpret spaces and monuments that are considered historically conflictive, such as  places of repression.

Memory, Architecture and Public Space

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The travelling seminar started in Barcelona with a tour to the slavery monuments of the city, and was followed by a Master class with the architect Julian Bonder, partner at the interdisciplinary firm Wodiczko-Bonder that designed the Mémorial de l’Abolition de l’Esclavage in Nantes and professor at the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation of the Roger Williams University (USA). In Lyon, students took part in a two day workshop that included conferences with professors and architects as well as visits to memorial places of oppression, such as the Prison of Montluc.

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Public sessions 

  • Barcelona – March 8

12,30 – 14,00h

Commemorative act for International Women’s Day at the memorial space of the former prison of Les Cortsc/ Juan Güell with c/ Europa – Metro L3 – Les Corts

17,00h  Ca l’Ardiaca

Panel: «Architecture, gender and memory»

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A discussion on  the shaping of memory in public spaces under a gender perspective, addressing questions such as the gender gap in the public representation of collective memories , the different ways men and women are recalled in public memorial monuments as well as how gender is taken into account in contemporary  democratic monuments.

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  • Barcelona, March 9

12,30h  Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona

Master Class: The Mémorial de l’Abolition de l’Esclavage in Nantes   Julian Bonder,Wodiczko+Bonder/Julian Bonder & Associates. Professor of Architecture at Roger Williams University

Travelling Seminar - Conferència

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  • Lyon, March 11

12,30h  Ecole Nationale d’Architecture de Lyon

Conference: «Memory Works»    Julian Bonder,Wodiczko+Bonder /Julian Bonder & Associates. Professor of Architecture at Roger Williams University

The architect’s role entails practicing an art of ethical and purposeful transformation, creating spaces that frame the human experience,  and contribute to  a better future. While we imagine projects and embark  on journeys that leave traces over the skin of the Earth, our work often lies in unveiling, unearthing, uncovering as well as anchoring histories and memories in and onto territories, cities and sites. It is in the face of catastrophes, historic traumas, and human injustices that the architect’s (and the artist’s) roles become increasingly complex, problematic and, hopefully, necessary.This conference will present concepts, projects and works dealing with memory, history and trauma including the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery, Nantes; the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and various other projects in public space.




March 7th - 13th, 2016

Other Institutions Involved

École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Lyon
Ajuntament de Barcelona


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