Scaffold: Experimental Preservation

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall

Dispatch from Studio-X Istanbul:
Scaffold: Experimental Preservation

Azra Akšamija, MIT Architecture
David Gissen, California College of the Arts
Alex Lehnerer, ETH Zürich
Tayfun Serttaş artist

Organized by Jorge Otero-Pailos and Selva Gürdoğan, Columbia GSAPP
Responses by Thordis Arrhenius and Erik Langdalen, Oslo School of Architecture and Design

This interdisciplinary conversation brings together artists, architects, and preservationists to test traditional boundaries of the discipline—from Tayfun Serttaş’s display of lost Turkish architectural inscriptions at Studio-X Istanbul and Alex Lehnerer’s presentation of the Kanzlerbungalow, the German Chancellor’s former residence in Bonn, at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale; to Azra Akšamija’s participatory archive of the future heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina; David Gissen’s investigation of anti-war activism through reconstructing the mound of dirt built by the Commune de Paris in 1871; and moderator Jorge Otero-Pailos’s meticulous reproduction of Harold Edgerton’s famed image of a bullet passing through an apple, shot in the photographer’s own MIT laboratory with his rifle.


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