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Spring 2017 Events and Exhibitions
at Columbia GSAPP

Press Release
17 January 2017

At the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Columbia GSAPP), public programs play an integral role in fulfilling the school’s responsibility to host a diverse and lively community where unwavering intellectual generosity and the desire to communicate and exchange are at the foundation of how we learn and grow together.

In response to the current political climate, Columbia GSAPP and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture are collaborating to create a venue for ongoing, open dialogue among students and faculty through a series of events titled The First 100 Days. The series starts on January 20 and continues in February and March, providing an opportunity for participants to discuss, organize, and plan for changes to come during the Trump administration.

Coinciding with the Inauguration, GSAPP’s journal of critical essays on architecture, the Avery Review, releases a special issue that gathers together a range of the field’s most incisive scholars and practitioners to propose urgent avenues of architectural thought for the coming years. Titled AND NOW: Architecture Against a Developer Presidency, the issue can be read online at www.averyreview.com as of January 19, 2017.

All activities are free and open to the public.

Columbia GSAPP Spring 2017 Events

February 9 – March 10, 2017
Stagecraft: Models and Photos
Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Buell Hall
Discussion and Opening Reception Thursday, February 9, 6pm
Kenneth Frampton and James Ewing in conversation with Amale Andraos and Irene Sunwoo

Stagecraft: Models and Photos explores the synergy between architectural models and photography as a wellspring of architectural invention. The Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery presents newly commissioned photographs by James Ewing alongside six models of significant 20th-century buildings. Culled from the archives of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the models were produced during the 1990s and early 2000s by students of historian and Columbia GSAPP Professor Kenneth Frampton as a pedagogical exploration of the history of architectural tectonics. Experimenting with a range of photographic techniques, Ewing’s photographs invite a reexamination of how architectural creativity and thinking unfold through the picturing of objects and the crafting of images.

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March 30 – May 13, 2017
Liam Young: New Romance
Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Buell Hall
Discussion and Opening Reception Thursday, March 30, 6pm
Liam Young in conversation with Cristina Goberna, Julia Kaganskiy, and Irene Sunwoo

The Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery presents Liam Young: New Romance, the first U.S. solo exhibition of speculative architect, artist, and filmmaker Liam Young. The exhibition features three recently completed film projects – In the Robot Skies (2016), Where the City Can’t See (2016), and the debut of Renderlands (2017) – as well as a selection of props, materials and research that helped shape the fictional worlds encompassed in each film.

While storytelling, documentary film and multimedia performance have been central to Young’s practice, the exhibition reveals his emerging engagement with narrative film as an architectural medium and his ground-breaking experimentation with new technologies as cinematic tools. Young deploys autonomous drones (In the Robot Skies), manipulates laser scanning and data (Where the City Can’t See), and mines the digital detritus of the global industry of outsourced renderings (Renderlands) to create new worlds where fictions unfold. Harnessing technologies of visualization and narrative to craft urban imaginaries, the trio of films expand our understanding of how architectural design can uncover possible futures.

May 13 – May 19, 2017
End of Year Show
Avery Hall
Opening Reception May 13, 7pm

For one week each spring, Columbia GSAPP’s End of Year Show converts the studios, seminar rooms, hallways, and stairwells of Avery Hall into temporary exhibition spaces. The show organizes the work of students from all programs into a comprehensive image of the School’s present research interests, conceptual orientations and design approaches.


Feb 10, 9:30am, Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
Architecture + Technology: Pedagogy in an Age of Disruption

Architecture + Technology: Pedagogy in an Age of Disruption examines technology’s impact on the field of architecture beyond building-centric technology and evidence-based design. Specifically, how advancements are changing ways in which we perceive value, with human efficiency and well-being taking precedence over resource performance. The symposium seeks to interrogate the strategies by which technology is being taught, in order to arrive at relevant modes of practice that are in tune with the disruptions that are now emerging.

Symposium participants include David Benjamin, Lise Anne Couture, Anna Dyson, Jens Dyvik, Billie Faircloth, Nick Gelpi, Ben Gilmartin, Kasper Guldager Jensen, Michael Ulrich Hensel, Mimi Hoang, Vincent Loubière, Scott Marble, Forrest Meggers, Kiel Moe, Silvia Prandelli, Ingeborg Rocker, Jenny Sabin, Hilary Sample, Craig Schwitter, Kevin Slavin, and Meejin Yoon.


All lectures at place on Mondays at 6:30pm in Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall

Jan 23, 6:30pm
Christian Kerez
Response by Amale Andraos

Jan 30, 6:30pm
Tatiana van Pruessen, Catherine Pease, and Jessica Reynolds, vPPR
Response by Adam Frampton

Feb 6, 6:30pm
Virgil Abloh
Response by Michael Rock

Feb 13, 6:30pm
Martin Beck
Response by Felicity Scott and Mark Wasiuta

Feb 20, 6:30pm
The Detlef Mertins Lecture on the Histories of Modernity:
Zeynep Çelik Alexander

Feb 27, 6:30pm
Peter Cook
Response by Bernard Tschumi

Mar 6, 6:30pm
The Paul S. Byard Memorial Lecture:
Francine Houben, Mecanoo
Response by Jorge Otero-Pailos and Iris Weinshall

Mar 20, 6:30pm
Konstantinos Pantazis and Marianna Rentzou, Point Supreme
Response by Hilary Sample

Mar 27, 6:30pm
Li Hu, OPEN Architecture
Response by Steven Holl

Apr 3, 6:30pm
Momoyo Kaijima, Atelier Bow Wow
Response by Amale Andraos

Apr 12, 6:30pm
Fabrizio Barozzi, Barozzi Veiga
Response by Mimi Hoang


Jan 27, 1:00pm, Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
Architectural Narratives
Rama Allen, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, James Ewing, and Ziv Schneider
Panel Discussion moderated by Cassim Shepard

Feb 3, 1pm, Ware Lounge, Avery Hall
Who Builds Your Architecture?
Kadambari Baxi, Jordan Carver, Laura Diamond Dixit, Tiffany Rattray, Lindsey Wikstrom, and Mabel O. Wilson
Panel Discussion with response by Amale Andraos, Phillip Bernstein, and Andrew Ross

Feb 17, 1pm, Room 114, Avery Hall
Performing History
Michael Rakowitz, Bryony Roberts, and Xaviera Simmons
Panel Discussion moderated by Andrés Jaque

Feb 23, 6:30pm, Ware Lounge, Avery Hall
Sharon Egretta Sutton: When Ivory Towers Were Black
Book Launch
Sharon Egretta Sutton in conversation with Reinhold Martin, Senator Bill Perkins, and Mabel O. Wilson

Mar 31, 1pm, Ware Lounge, Avery Hall
José Aragüez: The Building
Book Launch
Stan Allen, Amale Andraos, José Aragüez, and Bernard Tschumi

Mar 31 - Apr 1, East Gallery, Buell Hall
Buell Dissertation Colloquium
Mar 31, 6pm: Keynote: Joseph Heathcott
Apr 1, 9:30am: Paper Presentations
Presented by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture

Apr 6, 6:30pm, Room 114, Avery Hall
Kim Stanley Robinson: New York 2140
Book Launch
Kim Stanley Robinson in conversation with Amale Andraos and Reinhold Martin
Presented by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture

Apr 7, 1pm, Room 114, Avery Hall
Cities and Climate Action
A conversation among Adam Freed, Kate Orff, and Weiping Wu
Moderated by Michael Kimmelman

Apr 13, 6:30pm, Ware Lounge, Avery Hall
Justin Davidson: Magnetic City
Book Launch
Justin Davidson in conversation with Amale Andraos and Fred Bernstein

Apr 14, 1pm, Room 114, Avery Hall
Cooking Sections
Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe in conversation with Jesse Connuck and James Graham

Apr 21, 1pm, Ware Lounge, Avery Hall
Designing with Communities
Sharon Davis and Louise Braverman in conversation with Amale Andraos

Apr 28, 1pm, Ware Lounge, Avery Hall
Architecture Practice and the City: Beijing and Istanbul
Selva Gürdoğan, Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu, Tat Lam, Gregers Thomsen, and Ertuğ Uçar


January 20, 1pm, Ware Lounge, Avery Hall
The First 100 Days: Day 1

Columbia GSAPP faculty and students gather to discuss, organize, and plan for changes to come during the Trump administration. The series continues with Day 27 on February 15 and Day 64 on March 24; please see the website calendar for details and participants.