March 3 2022 [2 h + 32 min]
Director, Department of Architecture
PhD program, Faculty of Architecture and Design
Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava
Interviewers in order of participation:
Federica Goffi CRIPTIC Chair, PhD & MAS Program Co-Chair ASAU, CU
&Isabel Potworowski PhD Student ASAU, CU
Stephanie Murray MAS Student ASAU, CU
Yu Zhen PhD Student ASAU, CU
In –InterVIEW/LISTEN 8–Dr. Henrieta Moravčiková discussed her role as Director of the Department of Architecture at the Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) in Bratislava / faculty of architecture at the Slovak Technical University and some of the key initiatives she undertook in the program. She offered an introduction of the SAV PhD program in architecture at STU and discussed the research approaches as well as the mediums of research employed by PhD students in the program. Furthermore, she spoke of her role as chair of the Slovak working group DOCOMOMO for research and protection of modern architecture, as well as the connections between the activities of DOCOMOMO and research being carried out at the department of architecture.
In the second part of the interview, Dr. Moravčiková offered insights into her own research work addressing the relations between practice and academic work. The questions addressed the 2020 online conference “[Un]Planned City” in the framework of the research project “Unintentional City: Architectonic and Urbanistic Conceptions of the 19th and 20th Centuries in the Urban Structure of Bratislava,” which Dr. Moravčiková co-organized, and the research she presented at the same event: “Bratislava, (Un)Planned City: Notes on the Interpretation of Planning and Construction History."
She addressed questions on two of her books: Modern and/or Totalitarian Architecture of the 20th C in Slovakia (Moravčiková, Slovart, 2013) and Bratislava (Un)Planned City(Moravcikova, Henrieta, Peter Szalay, Katarína Haberlandová, Laura Krišteková and Monika Bočková, Bratislava, Slovart, 2020). Lastly, in consideration of how historical cities often resist a complete re-writing, she was invited to discuss whether the incompletion and fragmentation of Bratislava is a beneficial quality in its urban development or something that has prevented positive change at particular time junctures.