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Translation of Sérgio Ferro's "Concrete as Weapon" celebrated as part of "Translating Ferro/Translating Production" project

Professor Katie Lloyd-Thomas and Brazil-based architects and scholars, Silke Kapp and João Marcos de Almeida Lopes, announce events to celebrate the translation

With the support of the Spatial Practices team at Central St Martins and Newcastle University, a series of events in March have been announced to celebrate the publication of  the English translation of the important Brazilian historia, theorist and architect Sérgio Ferro's "Concrete as Weapon" in Harvard Design Magazine 46 (2018). Since the 1960s, Ferro has been developing a unique body of research into architectural production, art and labour under capitalism with key critical potential for urgent debates about architecture and building production today.  

'Concrete as Weapon' is the second of his text to be translated as part of the project 'Translating Ferro / Translating Production'. The launch will be held at Central St Martins at 6.30pm on Tuesday 5th March, details below. Two interdisciplinary reading groups will also be held to explore the text on the afternoons of Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th March. Please get in touch with Katie Lloyd Thomas to register your interest for participation in a group.  

Tuesday 5th March 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Central St Martins

'Concrete as Weapon' public launch, with an introduction from Silke Kapp to Ferro’s work ‘How to Look at Architecture from Below’ and a screening from João Marcos de Almeida Lopes of ‘In Between’ a documentary about the USINA co-op, that shows practical links between Ferro’s analysis and the dynamics of housing movements in São Paulo (2016, 40 mins).

published on: 20 February 2019