Jarrett Ley, a dual degree student in the Architecture and Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices programs, speaks with Colombian architect Camilo Restrepo Ochoa of AGENdA, on the occasion of his lecture at the school on February 5, 2018.
They discuss the nature of architecture in the tropics and its difference from Northern forms, seen in AGENdA’s projects exhibited at the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Mexico City gallery, LIGA 25.They also touch on Colombia’s perceptions of architecture and shifting client relations.
“European and Northern thought have been always about this black and white dichotomy. But the Tropic brings us a very different approach to things, which is that black and white happen at the same time. It’s a tense condition of here and now, before and after, past and present—everything happens at the same time.” —Camilo Restrepo Ochoa
Source by Columbia GSAPP
At a moment of dissolution in design, technique is all an architect can grasp. Techniques occupy a beautifully indeterminate void on the fault line between theory and practice. Spared of reductive allegiance to either, design techniques are uniquely powerful. A technique may disrupt, innovate, communicate, or surprise. At the same time, techniques stand as silent markers of membership—opaque envelops delimiting communities of colleagues.
This symposium, the first event in the series "All that is solid...," interrogates the motivations, instruments, influences, justifications, effects, and origins of contemporary design techniques. Ultimately technique is how novelty manifests itself in architecture, expanding and advancing the inner core of our discipline. Introduction by Iñaki Abalos, with presentations by: Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, Johnston Marklee & Associates, Los Angeles, California, Harvard GSD Design Critic in Architecture Jeannette Kuo, Karamuk Kuo Architekten, Zurich, Switzerland Philippe Rahm, Philippe Rahm Architectes, Paris, France, Harvard GSD Design Critic in Architecture Camilo Restrepo Ochoa, Camilo Restrepo Arquitectos, Medellin, Colombia, Harvard GSD Design Critic in Architecture Responses and panel discussion moderated by: Neil Leach, European Graduate School Professor, University of Southern California Adjunct Professor, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Fellow, Harvard GSD Visiting Professor in Architecture Carles Muro, architects Barcelona, Harvard GSD Design Critic in Architecture and Urban Design Supported by the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities
AGENdA agencia de arquitectura is located in Medellin, Colombia. AGENdA searches for possible architectures no matter the scale or location. AGENdA articulates dialogues, projects and questions regarding architecture disciplinary issues and architecture practice from a condition of crossroad between tropical conditions, history, and disciplinary matters with special attention to uncertain conditions as a response to specific realities and context.
AGENdA is led and founded by Camilo Restrepo Ochoa and Juliana Gallego Martínez in 2010. Camilo Restrepo Ochoa is an architect who graduated from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin in 1998. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Design from 2014 to 2017. Restrepo Ochoa was nominated for the MCHAP prize in 2014, BSi Prize in 2014, and was one of the three finalists of the Rolex Mentor Protege 2012.
Free and open to the public.
Organized by Columbia GSAPP.