In a discipline reformulating the role of the architect, the question of technique has acquired a new priority. Techniques move with unexpected fluidity, circulating between individuals and collectives, calling the influence of each into question. Paradoxical and ambiguous, techniques simultaneously negate and open possibilities. A technique can be a subversive strategy, resisting apparently objective parameters, or an appropriative gaze, reconstituting the world as an object of disciplinary knowledge. This symposium, the second event of the series “All that is solid…”, interrogates the collectivity, authorship, effects, and deployment of contemporary design techniques. With Tom Emerson (6a), Kersten Geers (Office), Florian Idenburg (SO – IL), and Momoyo Kaijima (Atelier Bow-Wow). Moderated by Enrique Walker, associate professor of architecture at Columbia University GSAPP, with responses by Silvia Benedito, assistant professor of landscape architecture, and Antoine Picon, G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology.