Natalie Jeremijenko is an artist and experimenter who uses contemporary scientific knowledge and technical resources to redesign socio-ecological systems. She is currently the New York Prize Fellow at Van Alen Institutes, and directs a network of Environmental Health Clinics. She is an associate professor in Visual Art at NYU, and affiliated faculty in Computer Science and Environmental Studies. Her work has been exhibited widely, from the Whitney and the Cooper-Hewitt to MASS MoCA.
When: 3 Apr 2009# vimeo.com/6267693 Uploaded 103 Plays 3 Likes 0 Comments
In this talk Interboro will discuss its innovative, advocacy-based approach to architecture and urban planning by presenting projects old and new, including “LentSpace,” a 30,000 square foot sculpture space in lower Manhattan, “Community: The American Way of Living,” a submission to the American wing of the 2009 International Biennale Rotterdam (which Interboro co-curated), and “NORCS in NYC” a guidebook to New York City’s “Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities.”
Interboro is a New York City-based research and design group founded in 2002 by Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore. Through writing, teaching, and professional practice, Interboro engages with the complexity of the contemporary city. The firm has won many awards for its projects, including the New Practices Award from the AIA New York Chapter, and the Architectural League’s Young Architects Award. Its work has been exhibited at the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Walker Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Center for Architecture, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and the German Architecture Museum.
When: 28 Sep 2010, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Design Criticism MFA Department, 136 West 21st Street, Second floor
Price: Free and open to the public# vimeo.com/15959766 Uploaded 190 Plays 0 Likes 0 Comments
Geoff Manaugh is the author of BLDGBLOG, a blog that speculates on architecture, urbanism and landscape, and senior editor of Dwell magazine. He has been called “the world’s greatest living practitioner of ‘architecture fiction’” by Bruce Sterling and one of the 50 “most influential architects, designers and thinkers” in the field today by Icon magazine. The BLDGBLOG Book was published in summer 2009 by Chronicle Books.
When: 14 Apr 2009# vimeo.com/6166490 Uploaded 116 Plays 4 Likes 0 Comments
Kazys Varnelis is the Director of the Network Architecture Lab at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and is on the architecture faculty at Columbia. Varnelis is a co-founder of the conceptual architecture/media group AUDC, which published Blue Monday: Absurd Realities and Natural Histories (2007) and has exhibited widely in places such as High Desert Test Sites. He is editor of The Infrastructural City: Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles, Networked Publics and The Philip Johnson Tapes: Interviews with Robert A. M. Stern (all 2008). He has also worked with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, for which he produced the pamphlet Points of Interest in the Owens Valley.
From Alice Twemlow’s introduction to Kazys Varnelis:
As students and practitioners of design criticism, clearly we are interested in designed objects but we’re also interested in the infrastructures and networks within which objects—and people and ideas—circulate. Sometimes those infrastructures and networks become the objects of study themselves. In Karrie Jacobs’ Urban Curation class, for example, students explore New York’s sewage plants, bridges, the BQE, the Roosevelt Island tram, and Port Authority and write an essay on the most beautiful piece of urban infrastructure.
This fascination with the connective tissue of cities is also what appears to drive tonight’s speaker, Kazys Varnelis who is the Director of the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University, and who writes at length and in depth on the impact of recent changes in telecommunications and demographics on the contemporary city and other issues related to our increasingly networked existence. He is editor of the Infrastructural City. Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles, Networked Publics and The Philip Johnson Tapes: Interviews with Robert A. M. Stern, all published in 2008. He has also worked with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, for which he produced the pamphlet Points of Interest in the Owens Valley.
In the book he is currently writing, The Meaning of Network Culture: A History of the Contemporary, he argues that many of the key tenets of culture since the Enlightenment—the subject, the novel, the public sphere—are being radically reshaped by their relationship to the network. Also of interest to us is the way in which Kazys disseminates his thinking; much of it is available online and this book will be published in installments online, with revisions visible, which readers can comment upon.# vimeo.com/7783276 Uploaded 326 Plays 2 Likes 0 Comments
Curator Pedro Gadanho will speak about the impact of working in a large institutional setting such as MoMA, reflecting in particular on the organization of his first collection rotation show “9+1 Ways of Being Political.” He will also talk about his past experience as a freelance curator, and ideas he has been developing on the role and relevance of curating as a new expressive medium for architecture.
Pedro Gadanho is the Curator for Contemporary Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York. Previously, he divided his activity between architecture, teaching, writing and curating. With an MA in Art and Architecture and a PhD in Architecture and Mass Media, Pedro is the author of Arquitetura em Público and Interiores 01-010. He is also the former editor of BEYOND bookazine, and maintains the ShrapnelContemporary blog. He was a chief curator of ExperimentaDesign between 2001 and 2003, curated Metaflux at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale and exhibitions such as “Post.Rotterdam,” “Space Invaders,” and “Pancho Guedes, An Alternative Modernist.”# vimeo.com/53351940 Uploaded 246 Plays 3 Likes 0 Comments
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