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.
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.
20 May 2017
GSAPP Conversations - Bonus End of Year Show

Bonus Episode: End of Year Show
Amale Andraos in Conversation with James Taylor-Foster

ArchDaily's Editor-at-Large James Taylor-Foster visits Avery Hall to speak about Columbia GSAPP's End of Year Show with Dean Amale Andraos. They discuss the role of books and portfolios in the students' work, the experimental presentations by first-year students, and the reciprocal exchange between advanced students and their professors.
19 May 2017
GSAPP Conversations: Li Hu

Episode #13
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."
–Li Hu

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12 May 2017
GSAPP Conversations: Kersten Geers

Episode #12
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

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5 May 2017
GSAPP Conversations: Kate Orff

Episode #11
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.”
–Kate Orff

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Upcoming Episodes

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