The zero degree of architectural writing – Theorizing, drawing and debating the ‘third term’ is a two-day symposium to be held on 2 and 3 November 2022 at the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. It aims to explore the history of the idea of ‘zero degree’ of architectural writing borrowed from Roland Barthes’ Writing Degree Zero (1953), and its resonance in the present, from three perspectives: 1) its contributions to architectural theory and criticism by the adaptations and reasonings that have resulted from these acts of translation ; 2) the repercussions the concept has had for the work of architects in the last half century and the resulting projects ; 3) the spaces where the architectural ‘zero degree’ became an object of transculturation.

Scientific committee

Paola Ardizzola (Gdansk University of Technology)

Joseph Bedford (School of Architecture + Design – Virginia Tech)

Pierre Chabard (UMR AUSser 3329 / Editions de La Villette)

Thomas Daniell (Kyoto University)

Irina Davidovici (gta -ETH)

Andrew Leach (University of Sydney)

Sunil Manghani (University of Southampton)

Organizing committee

Lyna Bourouiba and Wouter Van Acker (hortence – ULB)