Radical Theatre:
Staging the Dialectic of Emergence and Planning
Jon Goodbun

Jon Goodbun

Radical Theatre: Staging the Dialectic of Emergence and Planning

Public Lecture 
Thursday, 7 March 2013


The Third lecture in the Spring Public lecture series 2013 Making Architecture Politically, addressed by London based educator, researcher and writer Jon Goodbun. 

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Jon Goodbun studied architecture at the PCL, UEL and the Bartlett, and in addition to basic architectural training he completed masters courses in computer scripting and design, and architectural history. In practice he has been worked in London and Berlin, on projects ranging from the Millennium Dome to a refurbishment of Norman Foster's penthouse!

He co-founded the practice WAG in 2002, which has completed a series of small research, competition and building projects (often focussing on ideas around ecological design and spatial interface.) Goodbun joined the department of architecture of the University of Westminster London in 1999, and for five years taught a diploma design studio (with students winning the RIBA Silver Medal, as well as a series of smaller competitions (Pilkington, Corus and Concrete Centre.)) He took a two year sabbatical from teaching (2006-8), during which he started work on his PhD research, which draws together material from ecology, cybernetics, cognitive science and extended mind theory. Goodbun returned to teaching at Westminster in 2009, and he also run a diploma design studio at the University of the Creative Arts (UCA) in Canterbury.

His work focuses on the role of systems thinking in architecture and more broadly within modern culture, drawing upon disciplines such as aesthetics, ecology, cybernetics and cognitive science. In recent years his work has included the role of future scenario planning in design, and design as a form of activism within the environmental movement, and he has spoken on these matters on important platforms such as the RIBA Climate Roadshow, SCHOSA (Standing conference of heads of schools of architecture) and at international conferences such as Changing the Change in Turin 2008.

At Westminster Goodbun co-founded the Polytechnic research group (www.thepolytechnic.org), and he is a member of Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture based in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages (SSHL)

Jon Goodbun has organised several conferences and symposia as listed below. In addition to directly architectural consultancy, he is  often asked to contribute to 'good ideas think tanks' for commercial organisations. These have included WHSmiths, Procter and Gamble, BP and Trusthouse Forte.

Conferences he organised: Spatial Interface - architecture and technology, (organised with the AVATAR group at the Bartlett UCL, and Mark Burry/SIAL (RMIT)), March 31st/1st April 2005. Marx, Architecture, Modernity (with David Cunningham), April 2004. Fantasy Space: Architecture and Surrealism (with David Cunningham, David Lomas, Peg Rawes), Institute for the study of Surrealism and its' legacies, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, September 2003 -. Returns of the Avant Garde (with David Cunningham, Karin Jaschke) University of Westminster, Nov 2000. Art Demands Community (with David Cunningham) University of Westminster, Feb 1998.

 

Selection of Publications

1) Scarcity: architecture in the age of depleting resources Goodbun, Jon and Till, Jeremy and Iossifova, Deljana, eds. (2012) Scarcity: architecture in the age of depleting resources. Wiley. ISBN 9781119973621

2) Systemic diagramming: an approach to decoding urban ecologies Sengupta, Ulysses and Iossifova, Deljana (2012)

3) Systemic diagramming: an approach to decoding urban ecologies. In: Goodbun, Jon and Till, Jeremy and Iossifova, Deljana, (eds.)

4) Scarcity: architecture in an age of depleting resources. Wiley, London, pp. 44-51. ISBN 9781119973621. Introduction: themes of scarcity Goodbun, Jon and Till, Jeremy and Iossifova, Deljana (2012)

5) Introduction: themes of scarcity. In: Goodbun, Jon and Till, Jeremy and Iossifova, Deljana, (eds.) Scarcity: architecture in the age of depleting resources. Wiley, London, pp. 8-15. ISBN 9781119973621

7) Propaganda architecture: interview with Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf Cunningham, David I. and Goodbun, Jon (2009)

8) Propaganda architecture: interview with Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf. Radical Philosophy, 154 . pp. 35-47. ISSN 0300-211X

9) Marx matters: aesthetics, technology and the spirit of matter Goodbun, Jon (2007) Marx matters: aesthetics, technology and the spirit of matter. In: Lloyd Thomas, Katie, (ed.)

10) Material matters: architecture and material practice. London, UK, Routledge, pp. 67-78. ISBN 9780415363259

11) Marx, architecture and modernity Cunningham, David I. and Goodbun, Jon (2006) Marx, architecture and modernity. Journal of Architecture, 11 (2). pp. 169-185. ISSN 1360-2365

12) Fame and the changing role of the drawing Goodbun, Jon and Jaschke, Karin (2005) Fame and the changing role of the drawing. In: Davies, Paul and Schmiedeknecht, Torsten, (eds.)

13) An architect's guide to fame. Architectural Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 51-63. ISBN 075065967X

14) On surrealism and architecture Goodbun, Jon and Cunningham, David I. (2005)

15) On surrealism and architecture. In: Hardingham, Samantha, (ed.)

16) The 1970s is here and now. John Wiley, Chichester, UK, pp. 66-69. ISBN 047001136X

17) On surrealism and architecture Cunningham, David I. and Goodbun, Jon (2005) On surrealism and architecture. In: Hardingham, Samantha, (ed.)

18) The 1970s is here and now. Architectural design profile, 75 (2). John Wiley, Chichester, UK, pp. 66-69. ISBN 047001136X Strangers in the city Cunningham, David I. and Goodbun, Jon (2004)

19) Strangers in the city. Radical Philosophy, 128 . p. 38. ISSN 0300-211X

 

More information can also be found at:
www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/directory/goodbun-jon