Dean Amale Andraos speaks with Professor Hilary Sample, who directs the Core Architecture Studios at Columbia GSAPP and is the co-founder of MOS Architects with her partner Michael Meredith. They discuss the lasting influence of Ordos 100 on the firm’s thinking, the role of representation, and how MOS Architects pursues an inclusive way of working and thinking while maintaining a purposefully small office. Sample directs GSAPP’s Housing Studio, which has a long tradition at the School and invites students to think across typologies and scales while considering a range of cultural, geographic, and environmental contexts. Sample speaks of the studio’s travel to Mexico, which coincided with the November 2016 Election, and the importance of considering New York City’s housing legacy in relation to global references.
“Students come here to look for a sense of being global citizens and being a part of a collective – even though we are in this incredible culture of individuals and individuality. At the heart of the Core, which is the primary thing I am teaching at the School, is that the students are thinking about how they are part of a collective, not just an individual. I think that’s been a big shift for the practice of architecture. It’s of course about finding your own identity within that, but also about how you really exist within a much broader realm – making architecture on one hand for yourself but also for others, and to think about that as a way forward.”
– Hilary Sample
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Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith speak with Florian Idenburg in this second of six conversations recorded live at the conference Making Books Now on September 15, 2017. The conference was co-organized by Columbia GSAPP and the Chicago Architecture Biennial on the occasion of the Biennial’s opening at the Chicago Cultural Center, and was hosted by GSAPP’s Director of Publications, James Graham.
Florian Idenburg, co-founder of SO-IL, and Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith, co-founders of MOS Architects, speak with one another about their respective books Order, Edge, Aura (Lars Müller Publishers, 2017) and Selected Works (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016).
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Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History, Yale University
Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Associate Professor of Architecture, Harvard GSD
Assistant Professor of Architecture, Harvard GSD
What has happened to architectural beauty? It used to be the fundamental value of architectural theory and practice, the touchstone of every conceivable achievement for a discipline that considered itself primarily as an art. Today, the word is seldom pronounced by theorists and professionals, at least in public. Even critics and historians tend to avoid the loaded term.
What has happened to architectural beauty? Its eclipse is all the more surprising given that architectural aesthetics is everywhere. The architectural star-system is to a large extent based on signature forms that herald the originality of their authors. The so-called "Guggenheim effect" has fundamentally to do with the visual seduction exerted by Frank Gehry's project on a large public, from connoisseurs to simple passers-by. It has paved the way for all sorts of prestigious architectural commissions, often linked to the cultural sector, museums, libraries, opera houses requiring visually striking answers that can be appreciated by a broad audience. Usually entrusted to a relatively small cohort of elite architects, these commissions nevertheless contribute to define the tone of contemporary architectural debate. Even if the term beauty is rarely invoked to characterize their power of seduction, the aesthetic dimension plays a determining role.
Lars Müller in conversation with Teri Rueb and Michael Meredith on the broadened media repertoire and new potentials for the communicating atmospheres in film, internet, book, and mobile media. Presentations and panel discussion.
Designer and Publisher
Born in Oslo/Norway in 1955; Norwegian, has lived in Switzerland since 1963. After an apprenticeship as a graphic designer and some years as a peripatetic student in the USA and Holland he opened his design studio in Baden/Switzerland in 1982. Since 1996 he has been a partner in the Integral Concept interdisciplinary design group, which operates in Paris, Milan Berlin, Montreal and Baden. Lars Muller started to publish books on typography, design, art, photography and architecture in 1983. He is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and frequently teaching at Design Universities in Switzerland and Germany.
Head, Digital + Media, Rhode Island School of Design
Teri Rueb is a landscape artist whose work engages digital, architectural and traditional media and modes of production. She is currently conducting doctoral research at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where her research addresses the intersection of mobile network culture and constructions of landscape and subjectivity. Her most recent project, "Core Sample", received a Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction in the Digital Musics category. She is also a Rockefeller New Media Fellowship nominee for 2008. Working in the domain of what she has coined "network landscapes", her large-scale responsive environments and location-aware installations explore issues of architecture and urbanism, landscape and the body, and sonic and acoustic space. She is founder and principal of Open Air Studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Assistant Professor of Architecture, Harvard GSD
Michael Meredith teaches in the architecture core design studio sequence. His professional practice engages interdisciplinary discourses, ranging from art to technology, producing a spectrum of design work which includes furniture, products, sound, exhibition design, speculative architecture projects and residences in New York, Massachusetts, Ontario, Texas, and California. He was a finalist for the design of the Pentagon 9-11 memorial and the PS1/MoMA Young Architects competition. Recent projects include the Le Corbusier Puppet Theater in collaboration with Pierre Huyghe, artist studio in Upstate NY, a proposal for the PS1/MoMA Young Architects Program invited competition, the Ballroom Marfa Drive-In , and the UTEC non-profit Teen Center in Lowell, MA. In 1998, he was a winner of the Young Architects Competition at the Architectural League of New York.
For more information visit: Lars Muller Publishers website or: Teri Rueb's website
"Building Software Building Objects Building Video Building Architecture"
October 9, 2014
Part of the MIT Department of Architecture Fall 2014 Public Lecture Series titled "Experiments in Architecture"
The first thing to know about MOS is that we are a collective of architects, thinkers, and state-of-the-art designers. Principals Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample teach at Princeton University and Columbia University while running the design practice. The work of MOS bridges the forward thinking research of academia with the real world constraints of practice. MOS has received numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an Emerging Voices from the Architectural League of New York, the National Endowment of the Arts: OUR TOWN grant, and the Annual Progressive Architecture Award from Architect magazine.
Additionally, MOS published Everything All at Once: The Software, Video, and Architecture of MOS, with Princeton Architectural Press in 2012. Current projects include the Lali Gurans Orphanage, Library, and Park in Nepal; Chamber, a boutique devoted to exclusive limited editions and unique works of art and design, in HL-23; and The New Foundation/JANDS Center, a nonprofit art center with affordable housing for artists located in Seattle. Their work is held in the collection of MoMA and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Emerging Voices 2008
Recorded: March 26, 2008
Founded in 2003 by Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample, the New Haven and Boston-based firm MOS focuses “on architecture and design through design research and multivalent architectural objects.” Their interdisciplinary design process of “radical inclusion and experimentation” inspires work of varying scales, from product and exhibition design to residential architecture and cultural centers. Here, Meredith and Sample present two related projects, the Sleeping Cottage and the Floating House, on Granite Island in the Georgian Bay of Lake Huron.
The Architectural League created the annual Emerging Voices lecture series in 1982 to recognize and encourage architects who are beginning to achieve prominence in the profession. The series focuses primarily on built work, at a variety of scales, and is structured to reflect the diversity of contemporary practice–geographically, stylistically, and ideologically.
More information can be found at www.archleague.org.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Response by Hilary Sample, Columbia GSAPP
Architect Michael Maltzan presents the renowned work of his Los Angeles-based firm, a portfolio that includes cultural, private, and socially engaged projects in California and beyond. In 2002, Maltzan designed a temporary home of the Museum of Modern Art in Long Island City, Queens, as the 53rd Street museum underwent renovation. His work for Skid Row Housing Trust in Los Angeles includes Inner City Arts, a home for an after-school program with design features set at the eye-level of a small child, was featured in the MoMA exhibition Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement. And New Carver Apartments, permanent housing for formerly homeless elderly and disabled residents, as well as medical and supportive services, was highlighted by Nicolai Ouroussoff for "strik[ing] a tricky balance between two fundamental and often conflicting needs of the chronically homeless, for a sense of being protected, on the one hand, and regular human contact on the other." Elsewhere, Maltzan has designed the ingenious and flying-saucer Pittman-Dowell residence in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, a circular structure around an courtyard that eschews interior doors and shares a plot of land with a historic structure by Richard Neutra. GSAPP faculty member Hilary Sample offers a response.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Plumber: Is This Not A Pipe?
Benedict Clouette, Columbia University GSAPP
Jeffrey Inaba, Columbia University GSAPP
Bjarke Ingels, BIG
Mahadev Raman, Princeton School of Architecture
Hilary Sample, Columbia University GSAPP
"Pipes are the physical remainder of life in buildings." With contributions by John Hejduk, Andrés Jaque, Matthias Schuler, and many others, Volume 37 poses the age-old question: Tube or not Tube?
Organized by C-Lab to mark the publication of Volume 37.
Monday, January 28, 2013
House: Stress After Sandy
Mindy Fullilove, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Richard Plunz, Columbia University GSAPP
Damon Rich, City of Newark Office of Urban Design
Hilary Sample, Columbia University GSAPP
Smashing into housing, health, power, and transportation infrastructures, the historic storm Sandy upended lives and evicted entire communities overnight. Most of the conversations on recovery that followed focused the urban landscape—but what about the mental and somatic ones? In this discussion, urban design and public health experts address the challenges of collective stress and anxiety, and speculate on new ideas toward wellness in rebuilding the New York and New Jersey region.
Co-sponsored by the Mailman School of Public Health
Sponsored by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture.
1973, the year of the first oil shock, marks a stark turning point in the conception of housing within architecture discourse. In the United States, a welfare-state approach toward low- and moderate-income housing was abandoned for a market-driven process. This change went hand-in-hand with a withdrawal of architects from the social project of housing, founded in a renewed belief in the autonomy of architecture. The separation between the social sciences and design disciplines continues to this day, as does the idea that quantity and quality, or socio-political demands and good design, are irreconcilable goals in housing.
On Tuesday, November 26, 2013 we hosted a panel discussion on the lasting impact of the turning point of 1973 in architecture discourse. Points of departure were the five articles of Candide no 7, released this past October: the role of housing in the thinking of O.M. Ungers; the ad-hoc methods in the housing research of Pearl Jephcott; the media's instrumentalization of Emile Aillaud's Grigny La Grande Borne; Ernst Göhner's capitalist mass housing in Switzerland; and the heated debate preceding Aldo Rossi's appointment at ETH Zurich in 1971.
The discussion included Hilary Sample, principal of MOS and professor, Columbia GSAPP; Claire Weisz, principal of WXY architecture + urban design; Gwendolyn Wright, professor, Columbia GSAPP; Susanne Schindler, Co-editor of Candide; and moderated by Reinhold Martin, Director of the Buell Center.
A new perspective on the CCA's John Hejduk Fonds.
To learn more on Find and Tell: https://www.cca.qc.ca/en/56718/find-and-tell
Project financed in the framework of the Montreal Cultural Development grant awarded by the City of Montreal and the Quebec Department of Culture and Communications.