Lecture date: 2007-11-12
Bernard Tschumi studied architecture at the ETH in Zurich. From 1970 to 1979 he was a unit master at the AA, with design work characterised by the appropriation of filmic montage in the organisation of architectural programme. His published work from the time, notably The Screenplays (1977) and Manhattan Transcripts (1981) evolved from this teaching research. He was visiting professor at the Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York (1980 to 1983) and Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University (1988 to 2003). Since then he has continued to argue, from his offices in New York and Paris, that there is no architectural space without event and that his role as an architect is to design conditions for the reinvention of living rather than to repeat established aesthetic and symbolic tropes.
Lecture date: 2013-04-24
Bernard Tschumi will discuss his architecture and his recently published book, Red is Not a Color, a comprehensive documentation of his 30-year investigations as a designer, builder and theorist.
Bernard Tschumi is an architect based in New York and Paris. First known as a theorist, he exhibited and published The Manhattan Transcripts and wrote Architecture and Disjunction, a series of theoretical essays. Major built works include the Parc de la Villette, the New Acropolis Museum, Le Fresnoy Center for the Contemporary Arts, MuséoParc Alésia and the Paris Zoo. He is a professor at Columbia University in New York.
Entry to the Lecture Hall is on a first-come first-served basis only; once the Lecture Hall is full, the audience will be redirected to the video relay areas in the New Soft Room and Rear Second Presentation Space.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
2000+: The Urgencies of Architectural Theory
Lucia Allais, Princeton University School of Architecture
Beatriz Colomina, Princeton University School of Architecture
Mark Cousins, Architectural Association
Arindam Dutta, MIT Architecture
Keller Easterling, Yale School of Architecture
John Harwood, Oberlin College
Catherine Ingraham, Pratt Institute
Mark Jarzombek, MIT Architecture
Mari Lending, Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies
Spyros Papapetros, Princeton School of Architecture
Felicity Scott, Columbia University GSAPP
Pelin Tan, Faculty of Architecture, Mardin Artuklu University
Bernard Tschumi, Columbia University GSAPP
Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London
Mark Wigley, Columbia University GSAPP
Mabel Wilson, Columbia University GSAPP
10:15--11:45: Session A
11:45--1:15 Session B
2:15--3:45: Session C
3:45--5:30: Session D
5:45--7:15: Session E
Bernard Tschumi, Bernard Tschumi Architects
Recorded: November 24, 2014
Bernard Tschumi founded his practice in Paris in 1983, after winning the competition for Parc de La Villette, and followed with a New York City office in 1988.
Tschumi’s Current Work lecture, titled “Concept and Notation,” follows his design for the 2014 retrospective of his work at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. The exhibition provides visitors with a visual, documentary, and experiential survey of his international practice that reflects his approach to architecture as “the art of inventing concepts in space through materials.” The exhibition is organized through a series of enclosures, each representing one of five themes: Space & Event; Program & Juxtaposition; Vectors & Envelopes; Context, Concept, Content; and Concept-Form. This strategy of the control of space through objects expresses his design philosophy, and a range of media (including models, sketches, film, renderings, books, and more) translate concept into materiality in a manner similar to Tschumi’s buildings.
Tschumi’s extensive theoretical writings — “I don’t believe architecture can exist without words,” he explained — serve as both a launching point for the exhibition as well as objects on display alongside his built works. Through this discourse, Tschumi presents a selection of projects spanning more than four decades, including the Acropolis Museum, the Limoges Concert Hall, the Le Fresnoy Art Center, and the Paris Zoo. Together, these illustrate Tschumi’s effort to “take architecture where it matters the most… in between a concept and a material.”
The Current Work series invites significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment to present their work and ideas to a public audience.
The CCA presents its second Toolkit for Today, a two-week summer seminar for PhD candidates and Master students from around the world. This year’s seminar is conceived as an important component of the research launched by the CCA on the processes and practices related to digital media in architecture.
Guest speakers included Stan Allen, Greg Lynn, Reinhold Martin, Kas Oosterhuis, Antoine Picon, Hani Rashid, Molly Wright Steenson, Peter Testa, and Bernard Tschumi.
To learn more, visit https://www.cca.qc.ca/en/events/58784/toolkit-for-today-archaeology-of-the-digital
A symposium to mark the publication of Eric Goldemberg's book, Pulsation in Architecture, brought together the book's contributors with Columbia University GSAPP faculty in order to discuss the evolution of the digital design culture, originally spawned at Columbia's GSAPP program in the early 90s.
Panelists included Bernard Tschumi, Hernan Diaz Alonso, David Benjamin, Ali Rahim, David Ruy, Ferda Kolatan, Matias del Campo, and Mark Gage. Moderated by Galia Solomonoff and Eric Goldemberg.
This book release/symposium was organized into two main suites: the first half was focused on a kind of generational self-reflection, looking back at the school throughout the 1990s and into the present. The second half looked at formal continuities (and discontinuities) between today and the GSAPP of the 1990s.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Pharmacist: A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America
Vishaan Chakrabarti, Kenneth Frampton, Laurie Hawkinson, Reinhold Martin, Bernard Tschumi, and Gwendolyn Wright, GSAPP
"Let us form a truly urban coalition, one that binds the need for economic prosperity, environmental stewardship, and social mobility with the one-stop shopping of transit-rich hyperdensity," urges Vishaan Chakrabarti in his recently released A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America. In this conversation, voices from GSAPP consider the book's call to transform the United States from a country of "highways, houses, and hedges" into one of "trains, towers, and trees" alongside notions of the public and private sector. In the quest for density, who builds? And, what biases are revealed? Finally, what will be required of professionals of tomorrow, and how should they prepare for the rapidly changing social and political landscape described within the book's titular tract?
Organized by CURE. The Center for Urban Real Estate
Since 2014, José Aragüez has led the international project, "The Building", which has yielded two symposia—at Columbia GSAPP and the Architectural Association in London—and a theory seminar at Cornell University. The results of this work have culminated in a new book from Lars Müller Publishers, which will be the topic of discussion at this event.
Over the last few decades, architectural history and theory have done a remarkable and necessary job of expanding their limits and audiences. The flip side of this expansion, however, has been a marked displacement of the object, and with it ultimately a certain neglect of architectural thinking proper. On the other end of the spectrum, discussions centered firmly round design process and outcome have often proved self-referential (e.g. those around “autonomy”) or restricted to the spheres of practice and studio teaching alone. This project constructs a bridge between these two tendencies by mobilizing a topic—“the building”—that typically belongs in the latter while seeking the former’s expansion. If the dominant approach driving architectural history and theory today concerns identifying novel subject matter, here instead the challenge involves taking up one of the discipline’s oldest themes and reconfiguring it through the intellectual tools now at our disposal.
Forty-three contributors based in Europe and the US, including deans and academic leaders, architects, historians, theorists, philosophers, and doctoral candidates, offer poignant explorations of key architectural structures conceived across Asia and the West from the late 1980s to the present. In exploring these structures through a number of questions both intra- and metadisciplinary—like sameness, value, iconography, objecthood, the urban subject, boredom, and digital technologies—this volume suggests ways in which buildings can trigger conceptual frameworks whose influence extends beyond architecture into other domains of knowledge and practice. Such domains include cultural and intellectual history, philosophy, literary theory, the city, the arts, and design at large.
By way of the building, therefore, this book illustrates the distinct capacity of architectural thinking to engender far-reaching concepts and, more generally, discourse—while the serendipitous encounters between diverse case studies from Europe, Asia, and the US unveil unexpected synergies and tensions that open up new research territories in design culture.
José Aragüez, Adjunct Professor, Columbia GSAPP
Stan Allen, Professor, Princeton University
Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia GSAPP
Bernard Tschumi, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Columbia GSAPP
Moderated by Jorge Otero-Pailos, Professor and Director of Historic Preservation, Columbia GSAPP
City Riffs: Urbanism, Ecology, Place traces the changing perspectives of urban design within an ever-changing global context. Moving between sixteen cities, the book also considers trans-disciplinary aspects of urbanism; formal and informal growth in Kumasi and Caracas, post-colonial structures in New Delhi and Prague, post-urban phenomena in Detroit and Brussels; cultural transitions in Antwerp and Salzburg; the changing nature of place in Seoul and Mostar; and new ecological realities in New York and Rome. Urbanism is viewed as the production of space-integrating aspects of design, ecology, and engineering, as well as other influences on urban cognition such as social, economical, and psychological interactions. As it covers a wide range of places and methods, this book will be an asset to anyone who works on, lives in, or thinks about cities.
Richard Plunz in conversation with Dean Amale Andraos, Bernard Tschumi, Kenneth Frampton and Marta Gutman.
Organized by Columbia GSAPP.
Open Table: Public Matters: New York Architecture after 9/11
A roundtable discussion hosted by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture with Michel Abboud, Amale Andraos, Robert Beauregard, Andrew Bernheimer, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Karen Fairbanks, Laurie Hawkinson, Florian Idenburg, Laura Kurgan, David Lewis, Scott Marble, Gregg Pasquarelli, Susan Rodriguez, Leopoldo Sguera, David Smiley, David Stark, Bernard Tschumi, Marc Tsurumaki, Henry Smith-Miller, and Dan Wood.
Moderated by Reinhold Martin, GSAPP, and organized by The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture
A conversation over drinks and around a table. Due to room-capacity restrictions, overflow seating and extra refreshments will be accommodated in adjacent spaces with simulcast coverage.