GSAPP Conversations

GSAPP Conversations offer a window onto the expanding field of contemporary architectural practice through discussions on the current projects, research, and obsessions of a diverse group of invited guests from emerging and well-established practices. Hosted by Columbia GSAPP’s Dean Amale Andraos, the conversations also feature the School’s influential faculty and alumni, and give students the opportunity to engage architects on issues of concern to the next generation.
23 June 2017
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Episode #18
Robert Hewison in Conversation with Jorge Otero-Pailos

Jorge Otero-Pailos, director of Columbia GSAPP's Historic Preservation Program, speaks with British cultural historian Robert Hewison during the Spring 2017 Semester, when Hewison taught the course “John Ruskin and the 19th Century” at Columbia GSAPP. They discuss Hewison’s life-long fascination and study of John Ruskin, teaching students to draw as means of exploring truth, and the influence of Ruskin’s thinking on the field of preservation in particular through his study of Venice. The conversation took place in advance of Hewison’s lecture “John Ruskin: The Argument of the Eye”, held at the School on February 16, 2017.

“Ruskin was an expert in interdisciplinarity, long before interdisciplinarity had been invented. To study Ruskin, you have to study literature, you have to understand art history, you also have to be prepared to think about geology, to think about botany; and you’ve got to think about economics, political economy and all those things. Because as Ruskin’s mind expanded away from just writing about art and architecture, the next step was to write about society, political economy, and so on.”
—Robert Hewison

16 June 2017
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Episode #17
Ziad Jamaleddine of L.E.FT in Conversation with Selva Gürdoğan

Selva Gürdoğan, director of Columbia GSAPP’s Studio-X Istanbul speak with Ziad Jamaleddine of L.E.FT Architects about his research on the history of mosque design, which was captured in the exhibition Praygrounds at Studio-X Istanbul during March and April 2017. Ziad Jamaleddine is on faculty at Columbia GSAPP, and co-founded L.E.FT with Makram El Kadi in New York in 2005. They have designed residential and cultural projects in New York, Dubai, Turkey, and Beirut, including the recently completed Amir Shakib Arslan mosque located in the remote village of Moukhtara, Lebanon.

Speaking about his long-term research project on the history of mosque design, Ziad Jamaleddine says, "The Islamic City was a statement against the body of knowledge that we have inherited for more than 100 years now. ... What was interesting about the map is that it continues to unravel and we continue to populate it with more and more information, while at the same time undoing this idea of homogeneity or unity in Islamic art and architecture."

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9 June 2017
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Episode #16
Konstantinos Pantazis and Marianna Rentzou of Point Supreme in Conversation with Stella Ioannidou

Third-year M.Arch student Stella Ioannidou speaks with Point Supreme co-founders Konstantinos Pantazis and Marianna Rentzou on the occasion of their lecture at Columbia GSAPP on March 20, 2017. Point Supreme was founded in Athens in 2008, one year before the Greek economic crisis. Pantazis and Rentzou discuss their use of collage as a visualization tool, the relationship between small and urban scale projects, what it meant to launch a practice during an economic crisis, and the importance of addressing local issues in their work.

“The collage allows us to create a new hierarchy between things. We can get away with changing distances or parameters that somehow are not important or should not be accounted for in mathematical terms. ... The collage allows you to give different emphasis to the different things according to what their actual experiential importance is.”
—Konstantinos Pantazis, Point Supreme

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2 June 2017
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Episode #15
Bryony Roberts in Conversation with Andrés Jaque

Columbia GSAPP faculty members Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation) and Bryony Roberts speak about the relationship between performance and architectural space, and Roberts' use of performance as a medium for critically engaging cultural history.

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26 May 2017
GSAPP Conversations: Umberto Napolitano

Episode #14
Umberto Napoliano of LAN in Conversation with Amale Andraos

Dean Amale Andraos speaks with Umberto Napolitano of LAN (Local Architecture Network). Napolitano co-founded the Paris-based LAN in 2002 with Benoît Jallon, and taught an advanced architecture studio at Columbia GSAPP in the Spring 2017 Semester. They discuss Napolitano's title for his course, The Form of Density, and his interpretation of "density" with a specific look at Paris. He also speaks about the process of designing his office and the role of the work space in the creative process.

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GSAPP Conversations are produced by Columbia GSAPP’s Office of Communications and Events, in collaboration with ArchDaily.