Based on a collection of conversations recorded in Avery Hall at a conference entitled Exhibition Models: Curating Architecture, and at the CCA in Montréal, this podcast—written and produced by James Taylor-Foster—considers the format, role, and impact of the architectural exhibition in different settings, ranging from established institutions to project-based Biennale and Triennale.
Featuring GSAPP Dean Amale Andraos alongside Giovanna Borasi (Chief Curator, CCA), Beatriz Colomina (Princeton University School of Architecture), Beatrice Galilee (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), GSAPP faculty Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation), Sylvia Lavin (UCLA), Iván López Munuera (2016 Istanbul Design Biennale), André Tavares (Chief Curator, 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale), GSAPP alumna Marina Otero Verzier (Het Nieuwe Instituut / After Belonging Agency), and Mirko Zardini (Director, CCA).
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Lecture date: 2005-10-25
'Trying to visualise today's practice of architecture and urbanism without the use of diagrams is an almost impossible exercise. Diagrams have incredible power to simultaneously construct, design, and expose an idea while at the same time, simplifying and idealising the complexity of the work into one simple sign. The diagram is "potential" but also "problematic" because it is constantly updating the representation of the work, and thus reducing it to an always-changing figure. The diagram, therefore, tends to be a very accessible consumption of events and things, a consumption of our experience of the world. My argument is that diagrams are not just a camouflage of reality or, as Witttgenstein would argue, a social constructed reality, but also (and especially) a form of nihilism.'
Pier Vittorio Aureli is currently working on a study on the representation of the city through architectural form, from Bramante to Koolhaas. Aureli coordinates the second year research program at the Berlage and teaches a Diploma HTS course at the AA entitled 'Towards the Archipelago', which considers a radical cognitive alternative to the present way of thinking the urban world.
Former Director of the Warburg Institute and Professor of the History of the Classical Tradition at the University of London, author of numerous books and articles including The Story of Art and Art and Illusion, Ernst Gombrich was arguably the most important art historian of the second half of the 20th century. In this lecture he discusses representations of space in western art.
NB: Occasional sound distortions
Lecture date: 2008-11-05
Peter Cook vehemently believes that there is a CULTURE OF ARCHITECTURE ITSELF that is neglected by academies since many teachers of architecture dont have much taste for buildings. This HOK-sponsored series of lectures are intended to redress the balance.
Peter Cook is joint Professor of Architecture of the Royal Academy of Arts and was Chairman of the Bartlett School UCL from 1990 to 2005. He taught at the AA from 1964 to 1989 and was Chair of Architecture at the Staedelschule Frankfurt from 1983 to 1990. He was a founder of Archigram and together with Colin Fournier designed the Kunsthaus in Graz. He was awarded both the Royal Gold Medal of the RIBA (as member of Archigram) and the RIBA Annie Spink Medal for teaching in 2002. He is currently building in Spain and Italy with his studio: CRAB.
By now, most architects have mastered the standard softwares for design conceptualization and representation. However, it is only recently that we have begun to critically rethink the techniques and conventions of representation that have defined the discipline over hundreds of years. This event will focus a discussion around emerging issues in architectural representation that include orthographic and post-orthographic projection, extrusion, massing, material and computational color, movement, automation, and questions about authorship and appropriation. Presentations by Jennifer Bonner MArch ’09, assistant professor of Architecture, and Zeina Koreitem MDes ’16, design critic in architecture; moderated by Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory and interim chair of the Department of Architecture.
Lecture date: 1997-11-03
Architects make sketches - or so we are told. Our discourse endlessly circles around a few twitchy lines. Seemingly fragile drawings turn out to be extraordinarily resilient and infinitely strange. Using the work of Enric Miralles as a starting point, Mark Wigley rethinks the role of the sketch in the electronic age.
Wrigley is the author of The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derridas Haunt; White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture; and Constants New Babylon. In 1988 he co-curated - with Philip Johnson - the influential Deconstructivist Architecture exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. From 1987 to 1999 he taught at Princeton University, where he became director of Graduate Studies in 1997. In 2003 he succeeded Bernard Tschumi as Dean of Columbia Universitys Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Lecture date : 2017-05-08
In a school where your project is experienced, determined and assessed through presentation, we often fail to talk about this as the ultimate tool of the architect. Architects are communicators - translating ideas through various media and coordinating between different teams of specialists in order to transform a project into a reality. In this evening discussion, tutors from across the school will come together to discuss the role of presentation within the AA as well as in the profession as a whole, and how the multiple ways to perform a project could be celebrated rather than standardised.
Presenting tutors include: Monia De Marchi, Ryan Dillon, Maria Fedorchenko, Mark Cousins, Sylvie Taher & Mark Morris.
All tutors will start the evening by presenting the portfolio Planetary Architecture Two by Zaha Hadid to showcase the different ways to present a single architectural project.
AA XX 100 aims to not only celebrate the contribution AA women have made in the last 100 years, but also to serve as a catalyst for a wider discussion on the issues facing architects today. AA XX 100 is a multimedia project of exhibitions, lectures, seminars, a website, international conference and publications, including a collection of historical and critical writing about AA women.
Despite the complexity of exhibitions and the easy availability of the same information online, a growing number of architects are exhibiting their works in private galleries. Any curator must confront the question of why to exhibit contemporary architecture, and how this seemingly old-fashioned format might measure up in the context of the new media. Using examples from Architecture Gallery Berlin as illustrations of current trends, Ulrich Müller, founder and director of Architecture Gallery Berlin, will examine the exhibition as a means for architects to reflect publicly on their own work.