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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29 March 2019
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Episode #68
Adrian Lahoud in Conversation with Amelyn Ng

MSCCCP (M.S. Critical, Curatorial & Conceptual Practices) student Amelyn Ng speaks with Adrian Lahoud, Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art London. He is also the inaugural curator of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, the first major platform for architecture and urbanism in the Middle East, North and East Africa, and South and Southeast Asia, which will be held in November 2019. During the conversation they discuss curation in architecture, the upcoming Triennial, and the thinking behind its theme, “Rights of Future Generations.”

“The entire aim of the Triennial is to say that climate change is the colonization of a single perspective on what it means to relate to other beings, and that perspective is an extractive one. So the question is how do you decolonize that extractive perspective, how might you allow other kinds of modes of existence to reverberate and to register? I think ultimately if climate change is about anything, it’s really about that.” – Adrian Lahoud

This podcast was produced by Lucy Krebsbach and edited by Emily Liu.

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15 March 2019
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Episode #67
Ananya Roy in Conversation with Laura Postarini and Tyrene Calvesbert

UP students Laura Postarini and Tyrene Calvesbert speak with Ananya Roy, Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare and Geography and inaugural Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin, in advance of her lecture at the school on February 25, 2019. They discuss Ananya Roy’s current research around metropolitan segregation and racial banishment in Los Angeles, and decolonization of the urban planning discipline in the United States.

“What might decolonial logics look like? In urban planning, it starts with thinking about the role of our discipline and profession in this colonial violence…I want to know what reparations urban planning is going to make for the tremendous colonial harm that we have inflicted. I want to know how our instruments of planning are deeply colonial or imperial, or rooted in the extermination of indigenous people in this country. What then do we do with those instruments? The moment of Trumpism ironically is an opportunity for us to have these conversations.” – Ananya Roy

This podcast was produced by Lucy Krebsbach and edited by Emily Liu.

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8 March 2019
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Episode #66
Cooking Sections in Conversation with Axelle Dechelette

Axelle Dechelette, a dual degree student in the MARCH and MSCCCP programs, speaks with Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe of Cooking Sections, a duo of spatial practitioners based in London. Cooking Sections are the designers behind Offsetted, the exhibition currently on view in the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery at GSAPP. The exhibition features an immersive installation of matter collected from New York City trees — including bark, branches, trunks, leaves, and clippings — and assembles a constellation of narratives about the political and economic interests that have both protected and displaced the city’s trees under the pressures of urbanization.

“We are trying to challenge the vision that you need to assign a monetary value to nature in order to protect it, which some decades ago, was kind of a first step towards changing the perception of the environment among decision makers. But today, we believe that we can take a step forward and start thinking of trees, not as service providers, but just as trees.” – Daniel Fernández Pascual

This podcast was produced by Lucy Krebsbach and edited by Emily Liu.

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1 March 2019
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Episode #65
Lola Sheppard in Conversation with Luiza Furia

MARCH student Luiza Furia speaks with Lola Sheppard, founding partner of Lateral Office, in advance of her lecture at the school on February 18, 2019. They discuss Lateral Office’s work in rural and remote environments, particularly in the Canadian North, and the role of research in rethinking design in such places.

“In the Canadian North… architecture has been conceived of as the envelope to keep brutal elements out. While that is an inevitable responsibility of the building, we are interested in learning from indigenous practices to say, perhaps there are other ways to interface with the environment where the building, or structure, or infrastructure can be more porous.” - Lola Sheppard

This podcast was produced by Lucy Krebsbach and edited by Emily Liu.

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22 February 2019
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Episode #64
Andrés Jaque in Conversation with Amale Andraos

Dean Amale Andraos speaks with faculty Andrés Jaque, director of GSAPP’s MSAAD program and founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice based in New York and Madrid. They discuss Jaque’s current projects and the need for immediate action in pushing the boundaries of architecture and design to reinvent the way our spaces work.

“When we look at newspapers, everything that’s on the front page has architecture in it. If we think of geopolitical tensions, environmental issues, projects like the Green New Deal, all of them are loaded with architecture and design. Immediately, it’s a discussion about housing…territory…fences…borders. It’s a discussion about architectural elements.” - Andrés Jaque

This podcast was produced by Lucy Krebsbach and edited by Tristan Cimini.

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