International Graduate Research Symposium

The School of Architecture of the University of Navarra in collaboration with the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) calls for proposals by PhD candidates in architecture and other fields related to it to participate in its 1st Student Research Symposium, which will be hosted by the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, February from 19th to 20th 2015. The topic of the symposium will be Tabula Rasa.

Saint Thomas Aquinas, following Aristotle, claimed that we were born tanquam tabula rasa, in qua nihil est depictum (like tabula rasa, in which nothing is written). This fact seems very unlikely when addressing the way a project is born, always related to other circumstances as history, site, styles, clientele, budget, and all those conditions that determine the work, and to which it seems very useful to look at what has been done before. However, there were moments in time when ‘doing Tabula Rasa' seemed the only way of solving a specific architectural problem, some of the urbanism proposed by the modern movement is a good example of this approach.