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Studio-X Amman


Studio-X Amman is a regional platform for experimental design and research run by Columbia GSAPP and the Columbia Global Centers | Amman. Studio-X Amman brings together Columbia GSAPP students and faculty with practitioners, researchers, and students from the Arab World to critically reflect on the role of architecture education and practice in times of mass displacement, dispossession, and destruction, and in the construction of alternative collective imaginaries for our cities.
Janet Abu-Lughod Library Seminar IV with Ala Younis
Janet Abu-Lughod Library Seminar IV

Superheat: Bearable Substructures

Online sessions with Ala Younis

In this seminar, we reflect on the temporality, vulnerability, and exploitation of lives on a construction site. Questioning the frameworks and sources of “third world architecture” history, we experiment with and produce the contents of Superheat, the first issue of an annual publication. While the intensifying heat warms up construction sites and their materials, the stories of the lives on these sites survive as they happen within a bearable substructure. Negotiations of weight, power, tactility and others leave their mark (on flesh, on concrete, in files). We will read from personal accounts, re-piece fragments of archives, foreground her side of the story, hear on stocking and reporting, and dig into murky political pasts.

The seminar will be held from May 27 – June 29, 2020 on Sundays and Tuesdays, 6-8 pm Amman time. Public talks on Saturdays are open to the public.

Participation is online, free, and open to participants from around the world. Places are limited, and the call for participants is open until Monday May 11, 2020.

To apply, please send your cv and a short text of relevance (up to 500 words) to na2366@columbia.edu with “JALS Superheat Application” in the subject line by May 11. The text can be a cover letter, an excerpt of an essay or short story you wrote. Sending samples of your work is optional. Selected participants will be notified by May 15.

The Janet Abu-Lughod Library Seminar is organized in partnership with Sijal Institute for Arabic Language.

Architecture and Representation: the Arab City, Keynote Address by Timothy Mitchell

Ashraf Abdallah, Senan Abdelqader, Nadia Abu-El-Haj, Mohammad al-Asad, Suad Amiry, George Arbid, Mohamed Elshahed, Yasser Elsheshtawy, Rania Ghosn, Saba Innab, Ziad Jamaleddine, Ahmed Kanna, Bernard Khoury, Laura Kurgan, Adrian Lahoud, Ali Mangera, Reinhold Martin, Magda Mostafa, Nicolai Ouroussoff, Nasser Rabbat, Hashim Sarkis, Felicity Scott, Hala Warde, Enrique Walker, Mark Wasiuta, Eyal Weizman, Mabel Wilson, and Gwendolyn Wright

Opening Remarks by Lila Abu-Lughod and Safwan Masri

Keynote by Timothy Mitchell

Organized by Dean Amale Andraos and Nora Akawi Studio-X Amman

with Columbia Global Centers | Middle East, Middle East Institute, and Studio-X Istanbul with supporting partners Qatar Foundation and Aramex