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The Myth of Progress


The Myth of Progress; Reflections on Georg Henrik von Wright’s thinking and its possible implications for architecture

Date: 18 October 2016 @ 1pm

Venue: SAUL Studio, Room CG-042, University of Limerick

A lecture by Elizabeth Hatz, KTH Sweden and SAUL

Finnish philosopher Georg Henrik von Wright, who held the chair after Ludwig Wittgenstein at Cambridge and was an important friend of his, chocked the Western World in the 1990s by questioning its very foundation: the idea of Progress as absolute and irrefutable truth for modus operandi. Before many others he dared to think an uncomfortable thought to its consequential end and draw lucid conclusions for our daily life and current conditions. This is a reflection on how his thinking could, if we were open enough, have repercussions on our creative thought and our handling of architecture.

Speaker bio

Prof. Elizabeth Hatz is a practicing architect AA Diploma/SAR/MSA, professor and art curator, sharing her time between practice, research and teaching positions at UL and KTH Stockholm. Built work includes Kodak Head Quarters Gothenburg, Stockholm Globe Arena and buildings for AKSO-Nobel, Stockholm. Hatz curated ev+a 2010, Ireland’s pre-eminent art event. As head of SAR (Swedish RIAI) she co-founded Fargfabriken, renowned scene for Art and Architecture in Stockholm, www.fargfabriken.com, where she is a board member.

Apart from art and architectural design she works extensively with project organisation, assessments and leadership for private and public parties. Architectural juries include The Ralph Erskine Prize, Kalmar Stortorget (Caruso & St John) and The Nobel Museum in Stockholm. She led practice-based research at KTH, exhibited at Fargfabriken and Lund Art Hall and helped assess architectural education and research (Aarhus, Oslo, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Queens, UCD). Published in Sweden, UK, Italy, Ireland. Since 2004 Hatz is a member of the Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry of Sweden.


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