Umberto Napoliano of LAN in Conversation with Amale Andraos
Bonus Episode: End of Year Show
Amale Andraos in Conversation with James Taylor-Foster
Li Hu of OPEN Architecture in Conversation with A.L. Hu
Third-year M.Arch student A.L. Hu speaks with Li Hu on the occasion of his lecture at Columbia GSAPP on March 27, 2017. Li Hu is founding partner of the Beijing-based firm OPEN Architecture, and former partner of Steven Holl Architects.
They discuss the influence of New York in Li Hu's professional development and the city's relationship to Chinese cities, the integral role of nature and plants in his projects, and the need to create public space that brings people together and introduces drama to urban life.
"I would love to work on something I haven't worked on. ... This desire comes from your dissatisfaction with the things you see, and you want to do something that's better."
Kersten Geers of OFFICE in Conversation with Amale Andraos
Dean Amale Andraos speaks with Kersten Geers, who taught an Advanced Studio at Columbia GSAPP in the Spring 2017 semester and is co-founder of OFFICE KGDVS with David Van Severen. Their work has been exhibited internationally, including installations at the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, and most recently the exhibition Besides, History with Go Hasegawa at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Andraos and Geers discuss a shared obsession with books and the integral role that book-making plays in their professional offices and teaching. Geers echoes Aldo Rossi’s call for evaluating architecture within a cultural context, and sees books as the ideal tool for creating a place where architectural work acquires value and meaning – a device to establish a context of ideas.
“David and I think we have quite an open-minded practice, but even so you somehow cannot avoid that it is enclosed – it does have borders. And if you want to keep on living with the practice, it’s important to keep on thinking, to keep on looking, to keep on discovering. The books, and for that reason also the teaching, allow you to look further and to find these other things.” –Kersten Geers on the integral role of making books as part of his practice with David Van Severen
Kate Orff of SCAPE in Conversation with Amale Andraos
Dean Amale Andraos speaks with Kate Orff about the role of climate change in the design of future cities, with a particular look at the role water plays in reframing urban infrastructure and networks. Orff directs Columbia GSAPP's Urban Design Program and is founder of the landscape architecture and urban design studio SCAPE, which focuses on resiliency and has received particular attention for the natural breakwater “oyster-tecture” developed for Staten Island.
In this eleventh episode of GSAPP Conversations, Orff joins Dean Andraos to discuss what it means to think across scales and connect our human life with the geological time scale, how traveling international studios allow students to better address challenges shared by otherwise very different cities, and teaching the reciprocity of physical design and social context.
“We are teaching our students very differently now, because they need to be able to operate differently in light of not only climate change, but also in light of very different political and social systems that characterize the urban context.”
Bryony Roberts in Conversation with Andrés Jaque