organized by the Ph.D students in Architecture at the GSAPP, supported by the GSAPP, the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Architectural discourse is problematized by notions of insides and outsides: Its productions, institutions, disciplinary boundaries, geographical alignments, and social milieu all raise questions of interiority and exteriority. How do we frame our research so as to delimit, dissolve, and reconstitute these edges?
- - What sort of artifacts or practices should be included within the bounds of architectural design and history?
- - How do other disciplines inform the study, practice, and theorizing of architecture, and vice-versa?
- - What role do metropolitan centers and their institutions play in forming architectural communities and topics of study? How do geographically and culturally dispersed institutions interact, if at all, and define their respective roles?
- - Whom does architecture serve and what are the relations between architect, client, state, and public? How does this matrix operate in different national contexts?
- - What are the tensions between the academy and the profession, or between the various niches of criticism, history, and studio education within the academy?
- - What socio-economic groups are enlisted within the ranks of the profession, and how do institutional structures influence its demographic make-up?
In order to open up the discussion to a community beyond our institutional department and disciplinary boundaries, we are proposing that this very act of "opening up" (or, flipping "inside-out") should constitute both the topic and the structure of our proposed program. That is, in order to interrogate issues of interiority and exteriority, we resist the prescribed outlines of an academic conference, and want rather to extend this discussion by eliciting a diverse range of speakers and employing a broad array of media and conversational venues: we propose to invite participants of international scope both outside and inside university departments of architecture to participate in a public series of workshop discussions; organize graduate symposia to give students from various institutions and programs an opportunity to present their research; finally, to extend the conversation (both demographically and temporally), we will launch a website with audio-recordings from the events, as an online discussion forum to provide an ongoing site for intellectual exchange.
February 23, 2010
with Albena Yaneva
coordinated by Alexandra Quantril
October 6, 2009
with Irit Rogof
coordinated by Ayala Levin
April 9, 2009
with Eduardo Cadava
coordinated by Daniel Talesnik
November 18, 2008
with Christina Cogdell
coordinated by Irene Cheng
October 8, 2008
with Volker M. Welter
coordinated by Daniel Barber
April 14, 2008
with Juan José Lahuerta
coordinated by Maria Gonzalez Pendas and Marta Caldeira
March 27, 2009, 2:00pm-7:30pm
March 28, 2009, 10:30am-6:00pm
coordinated by Patricio del Real and Helen Gyger
April 2, 2010
April 3, 2010
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
May 4, 2012
May 5, 2012
Coordinated by Chris Cowell, James Graham, Hollyamber Kennedy, Diana Martinez and Norihiko Tsuneishi