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Mining the Archive

In lieu of the lectures and conferences that had to be postponed due to COVID-19 during the Spring 2020 semester, we are re-sharing material from the archive selected weekly by members of the GSAPP community.
May 4, 2020
A selection of events and podcasts showcasing the work of previous Incubator Members and Prize Recipients.

The GSAPP Incubator Prize
February 7, 2020
A remote dispatch from New York, Texas, California, Brazil, and China by the 2019 Incubator Prize recipients on the status of their projects responding to Climate Change at the Building Scale.

GSAPP Incubator Spring Presentations
April 4, 2019
A presentation at Avery Hall by the 2018–2019 Incubator cohort on the status of their projects.

Labs, Incubators, Colonies
September 7, 2018
A series of conversations convened by GSAPP and NEW INC that address the long and complicated history of innovation, and that discuss the potential of these environments to create the space to change the status quo in art, technology, and design.

2017–2018 Members in Conversation
August 31, 2018
A podcast roundtable led by Michelle Young with Mustafa Faruki, Nile Greenberg, Marcelo López-Dinardi, and Jiuen Yang. The complete 2017–2018 Incubator Cohort is pictured above.

GSAPP Incubator: Design and Entrepreneurship
November 3, 2017
A conversation around presentations by current and former Incubator members on their projects with David Benjamin, Dominc Leong, Tei Carpenter, and Karen Wong.

2016–2017 Members in Conversation
September 26, 2017
A podcast roundtable led by Paul Makovsky with Michelle Young, Bika Rebek, Lauren Johnson, and Chris Barley.
April 27, 2020
A selection dedicated to our adjunct faculty, our professional colleagues and friends in New York and around the world.

Mimi Hoang responds to Pezo von Ellrichshausen
February 15, 2016
Hoang identifies the careful siting and representation of Sophia von Ellrichshausen and Mauricio Pezo’s work, and asks them to expand on their design process in creating buildings as objects with a distinct internal and external hierarchy.

Bryony Roberts in conversation with Andrés Jaque
June 2, 2017
Roberts speaks with Jaque about using performance as a medium to critically engage cultural history and the relationship between performance and architectural space in this GSAPP Conversations podcast.

Adam Frampton responds to Urbanus
September 18, 2017
Frampton considers how Meng Yan’s engagement the urban might be understood as an agenda of moving away from Western models, and pushes the architect to reflect on his role as an urban mediator negotiating the supposed split between city planning and building design.

Justin Garrett Moore moderates “Health Equity: Shaping Just Societies”
March 2018
Moore (‘04 MSAUD) leads an interdisciplinary discussion on global and local efforts focused on addressing health inequities through urban planning and public health practices at multiple scales.

Emmett Zeifman responds to de Vylder Vinck Taillieu
September 24, 2018
Zeifman prompts Jan de Vylder to expand on the role of references in their work and the tension between the “rules” of material and the unexpected, playful potentials of color and form.

Christoph Kumpusch responds to Kennedy+Violich
October 1, 2018
Kumpusch leads a conversation with Sheila Kennedy and J. Frano Violich on building a practice embedded in academia and research, and their approach to “material thinking” as a means to negotiate scale and rethink sustainability in the building realm.

April 20, 2020
Thank you – to our alumni, colleagues, and friends in Asia and elsewhere, whose support now is carrying us beyond what they imagine and whose work continues to do the same.

Vo Trong Nghia
November 12, 2015
A talk on building sustainable systems that connect mind and body, city and environment, and that undo traditional notions of nature as something separate from our buildings and ourselves.

Studio Pei-Zhu at the Museum Boom in China Event
October 14, 2016
A discussion on the current “museumification” of China, which focuses on the causes and consequences of the recent museum building boom.

Other Desires: The African City
April 8, 2016
A day-long conference on the spatial practices, urban narratives, and manifold identities of African cities as models for thinking through liberation, beauty, memory, tradition, and belonging.

Fulong Wu
November 14, 2016
A lecture on the particular histories and evolutions and manifestations of planning in China.

Minsuk Cho ‘92 M.Arch
March 23, 2018
A conversation that retraces Cho’s personal trajectory, from his time at GSAPP to the founding of Mass Studies, and takes stock of how contemporary Korean architecture differs from the American equivalent.

Neri & Hu
October 8, 2018
A presentation on the duo’s approach to an extensive and expansive notion of “place.”

Eleena Jamil
October 14, 2019
A lecture that emphasizes the climatic as the cultural and that reframes the vernacular as a radical practice of local materiality.

April 13, 2020
This week, we invite you to revisit the work of figures who reshaped the field in their time, and continue to spark different modes of re-engagement in the present and for the future.

What is New?
November 16, 2011
A presentation by Zaha Hadid on the conceptual morphologies of her practice and on building a theoretical and utopian project around the world.

Will You Tell Me a Story?
February 8, 2012
A presentation by Laurinda Spear ‘75 MArch and Bernardo Fort Brescia on their “expanded” practice of Arquitectonica.

Fuse: In, Re, De, Pro, Con
October 3, 2012
A lecture by Denise Scott Brown on her eighty-first birthday on five architectural acts: to infuse, refuse, defuse, profuse, and confuse.

Write: Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images
April 29, 2013
A Buell Center conversation with Michael Sorkin and others on the “endangered practice of architectural criticism” – on what it means to think out loud through writing in print and online – assembled around a book on Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Critical Dialogues on Race and Modern Architecture
February 26, 2016
A panel discussion organized by Mabel O. Wilson on the how “race,” as an aesthetic category, has been deployed to form spaces of modernity from the building to the city to the nation to the planet; from Winckelmann’s idealization of Greek bodies to Le Corbusier’s evocations of the “primal energy” of Black jazz.

Arch-Art – A Conduit to Context: The Role of Buildings in Social Change
October 9, 2017
A provocation by James Wines on architecture as a form of public communication and commentary.

April 6, 2020
Engaged Practices
In the hope of inspiring ways to think about what we can invite for the future, we are sharing a selection of engaged practices that emerged in various forms over the past decade.

Seesaw: Piedra, Papel, o Tijeras
November 7, 2014
An exchange between Tatiana Bilbao and Frida Escobedo (in conversation with Galia Solomonoff) on what it means to transform the tectonic traditions of Mexico anew through their respective practices.

OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen
September 14, 2015
A lecture that puts forward a pared down architectural framework for registering and encouraging the complexity of daily life.

Urban Rural Framework
April 3, 2017
A talk that ruminates on working against urban upheaval, looking to the countryside, and designing new institutional collaborations for research.

Andrés Jaque
April 9, 2018
A lecture that resists the idea of architecture as an inert assembly of material and that proposes instead architecture as an interaction between multiple entities with different scales, temporalities, and agencies.

Adrian Lahoud
February 27, 2019
A lecture reflecting on exhibition-making as a cultural project in the context of the first Sharjah Architecture Triennial.

Constructing Engaged Practice
March 29, 2019
A daylong symposium on the political, social, and environmental commitments of “young” firms. We encourage, in particular, re-watching Mariam Kamara’s presentation in “From Observation to Engagement.”

March 30, 2020
A Focus on Climate
It is impossible to talk about the pandemic without facing the historical and contemporary processes of global warming. This week I offer a look at how the School has engaged this over the years:

Climate Change and the Scales of Environment
December 10, 2015
A symposium that critically reframes the term “environment” in order to address the real and lived threat of climate change––moving beyond the technocratic conversations that typically frame the terms of debate.

Resilience by Design
February 19, 2016
A symposium that explores how climate change has altered the conceptual coordinates of building resilience and the social frameworks of design.

Embodied Energy and Design
April 22, 2016
A conference that reconsiders the act of making a building as an act of energy expenditure and asks questions about a variety of related scales, methods of analysis, and design opportunities.

David Benjamin
October 22, 2018
A lecture that proposes new intersections between biology, computation, and design, and that offers us three frameworks for harnessing living organisms for architecture: bio-processing, bio-sensing, and bio-manufacturing.

Climate Change at the Building Scale
February 22, 2019
A series of summits that ask how architects should design for uncertainty and how buildings and building practices can participate in transitioning to a non-anthropocentric paradigm––questions that appear more urgent now than ever.

Offsetted: On the Rights of the Environment
February 22, 2019
A talk on the political, economic, and legal history of trees in New York City, which coincided with Cooking Sections’ exhibition Offsetted at the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery.

March 23, 2020
Dean Amale Andraos Selects Four Lectures

March 28, 2018
Response by Hilary Sample.
A talk selected in solidarity with our Italian colleagues. This mobile duo shows us what is possible when we work across cities, across modes of production, across ideas, across schools of thought, and so on.

Mario Gooden,
October 21, 2019
Working on Water
A breathtaking and moving performance that left the boundaries of Wood Auditorium and the boundaries of architecture undone––and continues to inspire new forms of connection between histories, geographies, and creative disciplines.

Ananya Roy
February 25, 2019
At the Threshold of Empire: Sanctuary Cities in the Age of Trumpism
Response by Weiping Wu.
A lecture on the history and contemporary manifestations of metropolitan segregation, racial banishment, and poverty management. Roy offers us a way to think of cities as enduring sites of resistance and grounds for abolition midst crisis and expressions of state violence.

Evan Sharp
September 7, 2018
A talk by GSAPP alumnus and co-founder of Pinterest on the dangers and promises of technology, on alienation and connection, and on the space of work and the space of home. This talk is especially relevant today as technology becomes an ever greater lifeline and means to bridge to our communities, jobs, families, and peers.