The Fourth Typology. Christopher C. M. Lee Defence Ceremony

We are glad to announce our very first doctoral thesis defense, The Fourth Typology: Dominant Type and the Idea of the City, by Christopher C. M. Lee.

26 October 2012 – 10:00
Aula TU Delft, Senaatszaal

The Fourth Typology – Dominant Type and the Idea of the City
The purpose of this dissertation is to renew the understanding of type and its relation to the idea of the city. In doing so, it attempts to revalidate the theory of type and its instrumentality for architetural production in today’s globalised cities. The analysis of the history and theory of type alongside the inquiry into the developmental city, frames the research of this dissertation. Type’s relation to the idea of the city is the extension of this concern to search for a commonality in which architecture could invest itself with sociality. The city of Singapore is used as a case study to exemplify the utilization of the dominant type to figure the idea of the developmental city state. The result of this dissertation is the possibility of conceiving a fourth typology.

The commission will be composed by Umberto Barbieri, Dr. Pier Vittorio Aureli (promotors), Michiel Riedijk, Prof.dr. Alexander D’Hooghe Prof.dr. Charles Rice, Henco, C. Bekkering.

Christopher Lee is the co-founder and principal of Serie Architects London, Mumbai and Beijing. He is the Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He graduated with the AA Diploma (Honours) from the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA London) and awarded the RIBA President’s Medal Commendation Award. Lee is author of numerous publications as well, for example ‘Working in Series’ and co-authored ‘Typological Formations: Renewable Building Types and the City’, both published by AA Publications. He lectures widely and the works of Series has been exhibited worldwide.