Three Interviews: Emmanuel Petit

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This is an edited transcript of an interview with Emmanuel Petit held at the Venice Architecture Biennale in October 2014.

In October 2014 the AE Foundation invited three guests to Venice to give talks related to the buildings showcased in the Scotland+Venice newspaper devoted to the north-east of Scotland entitled Outsiders. Case study buildings were designed by James Stirling, Alison + Peter Smithson and Michael Shewan - a devotee of Mies van der Rohe. Emmanuel Petit, Dirk van den Heuvel, and Sven-Olov Wallenstein were asked to talk about Stirling, The Smithson’s, and Mies. In the following interview with Emmanuel Petit, Cameron McEwan discusses Rem Koolhaas' Venice Biennale theme, Petit's book Irony, or, The Self-Critical Opacity of Postmodern Architecture (2013), James Stirling's "double view" and architecture as a critical discipline. The interview was published as part of the AE Foundation contribution to the Scotland+Venice Project "Building Scotland" curated by Neil Gillespie, Director of Reiach and Hall Architects, for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale by Rem Koolhaas. The Scotland+Venice Project ran as a residency at The British Pavilion, 26 September - 24 October 2014.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding Scotland
Subtitle of host publicationPast + Future
EditorsNeil Gillespie
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherScotland+Venice; Reiach & Hall Architects
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015

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