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 February 2019
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Episode #62
Julia Burdova and Olga Aleksakova in Conversation with Christine Giorgio

Christine Giorgio, a third year M.Arch student, speaks with Julia Burdova and Olga Aleksakova of Buromoscow in advance of their lecture at the school on January 28, 2019. Buromoscow is based in Moscow, and was founded in 2004. The duo is also teaching advanced studio VI at GSAPP during the Spring 2019 semester. Buromoscow’s work reflects urban change in post-soviet Russia, and is known for changing the face of prefabricated mass housing.

“[In Russia], people have a very abstract idea about home and building…When people look for a place to live, there is no image of how it can be different. They buy sheer square meters and not a dream…it’s very mechanical. For architects, this is very attractive…the chance to work with a system, something mechanical, something that can be reproduced. It’s a challenge and we totally embraced it.” - Olga Aleksakova

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

30 November 2018
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Episode #61
Mark Wigley in Conversation with Amelyn Ng

Amelyn Ng, a second year MSCCP student, speaks with Mark Wigley in advance of his lecture at the school on November 12, 2018. Mark Wigley is Professor and Dean Emeritus at Columbia GSAPP and is the author of recently published Cutting Matta-Clark: The Anarchitecture Investigation. The book investigates the work of Gordon Matta-Clark through extensive interviews and a dossier of archival evidence.

“Creating a stable reference point in an unstable world is the classical view of architecture. Life is weird, time is weird, but architecture just sort of stands there… Matta-Clark says what if it’s actually the other way around? What if architecture is the weird thing?” - Mark Wigley

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

16 November 2018
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Episode #60
Helen Leung and Elizabeth Timme in Conversation with Lucy Navarro

Second year MArch student, Lucy Navarro, speaks with Helen Leung and Elizabeth Timme, co-founders of LA-Más, in advance of their lecture at the school on November 8, 2018. LA-Más is a non-profit urban design organization based in Los Angeles that helps underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture. Their projects focus on communities in transition that are often underserved or overlooked by traditional service providers.

“Architects get to be progressive when there is a multidisciplinary approach that’s meaningful… where an architect can share perspectives with a planner and vice versa.” - Helen Leung

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

9 November 2018
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Episode #59
Kongjian Yu in Conversation with Angela Crisostomo

MSAUD student Angela Crisostomo speaks with Kongjian Yu in advance of his Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture at the school on October 29, 2018. Dr. Yu is the founder and principal of Turenscape, a Beijing-based design firm conducting work in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, urban design, and ecological infrastructure.

“Design means in our profession to create something with a beautiful form. But sometimes this form is fake or shallow. Design today should create deep form, which means the form should have an ecological base and relationship. Buildings should be energy saving, the landscape should be sustainable.” - Kongjian Yu

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

2 November 2018
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Episode #58
Gaetano Pesce in Conversation with Luiza Furia

MArch student Luiza Furia speaks with Gaetano Pesce, artist and multidisciplinary creator, in advance of his lecture at the school on October 15, 2018. Renown for his use of color, innovative materials, and social-political commentary, Pesce is a pioneer of 20th-century design whose aesthetic influence is evident in today’s industrial design.

“I tell my students, you have to express yourself, to say what you think personally. Your architecture has to be the language of yourself… Design is a very complex new language, and if you use it in the right way, it becomes an art – like architecture, by the way.“ - Gaetano Pesce

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

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