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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13 September 2019
Episode #73 GSAPP Conversations

Episode #73
Collaborative Making and Storytelling in Product Design

Nifemi Marcus-Bello and Thabisa Mjo in Conversation with Mpho Matsipa.

In this podcast episode hosted by faculty Mpho Matsipa, makers Nifemi Marcus-Bello and Thabisa Mjo bring us on their journey to integrate cultural heritage and unique craftsmanship in local communities to create economic viability in Africa. Nifemi Marcus-Bello is the founder of nmbello Studio, an Industrial Design practice located in Lagos, Nigeria, with a focus on product, furniture, and experience design for both local and international clients. Thabisa Mjo is the founder of the Johannesburg-based Mash.T Design Studio, a studio focused on telling uniquely South African stories using the medium of design. They were both part of the GSAPP event Building Cultures: Making in Nairobi, Lagos, Accra/Tema, and Johannesburg held at the school on September 6, 2019.

This podcast was produced and edited by Lucy Krebsbach, Sritoma Bhattacharjee, and Yulin Peng.

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26 April 2019
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Episode #72
Annabelle Selldorf in Conversation with Lucy Navarro

MARCH student Lucy Navarro speaks with Annabelle Selldorf in advance of the Annual Paul S. Byard Memorial Lecture at the school on April 15, 2019. Annabelle Selldorf is founder and principal of Selldorf Architects, a New York City-based firm that is currently working on several expansions to existing cultural institutions, including the Frick Collection in New York City and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. They discuss designing for existing spaces and explore the connections between art and architecture.

“When I think about space and art, I think about the person who is viewing it. Ultimately, I think there isn’t such a thing as a neutral space. It is your own experience, evaluation, or judgment that contributes to the analysis of what works.” – Annabelle Selldorf

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

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19 April 2019
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Episode #71
Baier Bischofberger in Conversation with Daniel Bernal

Daniel Bernal, a dual degree student in the MARCH and MSRED programs, speaks with Nina Baier-Bischofberger and Florian Baier in advance of their lecture at the school on April 8, 2019. The pair founded their firm Baier Bischofberger Architects in 2005 after meeting as students at Columbia GSAPP. They discuss the studio’s work and creative process, and reflect on their experiences at GSAPP and the realities of architectural practice which they encountered post graduation.

“When I graduated, I went to visit a friend who was working at NASA. They said NASA actually quite liked hiring people with architecture degrees because they could look at lots of different things at the same time and understand the bigger picture… I think architectural education allows for so many new possibilities.” - Nina Baier-Bischofberger

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

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12 April 2019
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Episode #70
Pedro y Juana in Conversation with Paula Vilaplana

CCCP student Paula Vilaplana speaks with Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss, co-founders of Mexico City-based firm Pedro y Juana, following their lecture at the school on February 11, 2019. The duo is also teaching advanced studio VI at GSAPP during the Spring 2019 semester. Their work explores the capacity of objects to change their environment through typological transgressions, the indiscriminate use of material, texture, color, placement, or form. Recently, their installation Hórama Rama won the 2019 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program.

“We like to think that objects also have agency within their environments. How you place the object, or the amount of permission you give the user to change or fix it, actually creates different actions…We’re very much interested in seeing what happens within spaces more than holding on to an idea of how they should be used.” - Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo

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

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5 April 2019
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Episode #69
Anthony Acciavatti in Conversation with Tim Battelino

MARCH student Tim Battelino speaks with Anthony Acciavatti following the 5th Annual Detlef Mertins Lecture on the Histories of Modernity at the school on March 25, 2019. Anthony Acciavatti is a GSAPP faculty member, historian, cartographer, architect, and author of the award-winning book, Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River, the first environmental and urban history of the world’s most densely populated river basin.

“I’m trying to make almost a graphic biography of these [Ganges River Basin] regions and areas by pairing image and word… I’m always trying to couple what I see with ways to describe and narrate the work that I do, both empirically but also theoretically. Ganges Water Machine in that way was very much an experiment in how to narrate such a vast territory.” - Anthony Acciavatti

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

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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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