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.

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8 December 2017
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Episode #36
Making Books Now: Tatiana Bilbao in Conversation with Freek Persyn

Tatiana Bilbao speaks with Freek Persyn in this third of six conversations recorded live at the conference Making Books Now on September 15, 2017. The conference was co-organized by Columbia GSAPP and the Chicago Architecture Biennial on the occasion of the Biennial’s opening at the Chicago Cultural Center, and was hosted by GSAPP’s Director of Publications, James Graham.

Freek Persyn, of 51n4e , and Tatiana Bilbao, founder of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio , speak with one another about their respective books How Things Meet (Art Paper Editions, 2016) and Landscapes of Faith (Lars Müller Publishers, 2018).

“But even if it’s quite an expensive investment, I think it’s worthwhile. Whether you chose investing in a car or investing in a book, maybe for your own growth it’s better to do the latter.”
– Freek Persyn

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1 December 2017
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Episode #35
Making Books Now: MOS in Conversation with SO-IL

Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith speak with Florian Idenburg in this second of six conversations recorded live at the conference Making Books Now on September 15, 2017. The conference was co-organized by Columbia GSAPP and the Chicago Architecture Biennial on the occasion of the Biennial’s opening at the Chicago Cultural Center, and was hosted by GSAPP’s Director of Publications, James Graham.

Florian Idenburg, co-founder of SO-IL, and Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith, co-founders of MOS Architects, speak with one another about their respective books Order, Edge, Aura (Lars Müller Publishers, 2017) and Selected Works (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016).

“One of the pleasures of doing a book is opening it up to others. ... For me, the great things out of this book were the essays by other writers, not architects … they really affected our work.”
– Michael Meredith

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24 November 2017
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Episode #34
Making Books Now: WORKac in Conversation with Johnston Marklee

Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee speak with Amale Andraos in this first of six conversations recorded live at the conference Making Books Now on September 15, 2017. The conference was co-organized by Columbia GSAPP and the Chicago Architecture Biennial on the occasion of the Biennial’s opening at the Chicago Cultural Center, and was hosted by GSAPP’s Director of Publications, James Graham.

Amale Andraos, co-founder of WORKac with Dan Wood, and Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, co-founders of JohnstonMarklee, speak with one another about their respective books, We’ll Get There When We Cross That Bridge (Monacelli, 2017), and House is a House is a House is a House is a House (Birkhäuser, 2016). Andraos is Dean of Columbia GSAPP, and Johnston and Lee served as curators of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

“A book is a slow medium, and architecture is a slow medium. Culture is fast, but architecture is slow. ... It’s important to take advantage of that slowness.”
—Mark Lee

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17 November 2017
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Episode #33
Malo Hutson in Conversation with Amale Andraos

Dean Amale Andraos speaks with GSAPP Associate Professor Malo Hutson, who teaches in Urban Planning and directs the school’s Urban Community and Health Equity Lab. The interdisciplinary research lab operates at the intersection of health inequalities and urban planning, and collaborates with community groups, students, and academic and professional colleagues.

In this podcast, Andraos and Hutson discuss how housing and place affects residents’ health, day-to-day life, and sense of community – particularly for areas going through a neighborhood transformation. They also speak about how the benefits can be shared equitably between diverse communities as cities change, and how to move beyond the “paralysis of analysis.”

“So much of the built environment impacts our everyday lives and shapes the places that we live. The fundamental piece of my work is asking how does place matter: for your health, for economic opportunities, for education, for the environment – for all those things”
—Malo Hutson

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10 November 2017
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Episode #32
Frida Escobedo in Conversation with Andrew Nolan

Andrew Davis, second-year student in the Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices Program at Columbia GSAPP, speaks with Mexican Architect Frida Escobedo, whose exhibition ‘No. 9' opened at the Arthur Ross Architectural Gallery on October 20, 2017.

They discuss the tension between social and historical time, and how that can shape understandings of architecture. Escobedo also touches on her desire to reactivate forgotten spaces, such as in the Hotel Boca Chica, and how the process of making No. 9 echoed the creation of the original sculptures.

“Exhibitions and biennials have allowed us to understand architecture in a very different timeframe. When you think about architecture you think about years … But with these temporary installations you get to see architecture from a different perspective, it's almost like compressing the life of architecture.”
—Frida Escobedo

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Upcoming Episodes

15 December 2017
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Episode #37
Making Books Now: David Benjamin in Conversation with Ben Aranda

22 December 2017
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Episode #38
Making Books Now: Sarah Dunn in Conversation with Keith Krumwiede

29 December 2017
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Episode #39
Making Books Now: Go Hasegawa in Conversation with Kersten Geers

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