Rank #1: Cultural Contribution through Architectural Design and Place Making
In this podcast episode, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Storefront for Art and Architecture José Esparza Chong Cuy (‘12 CCCP) speaks with architect Charles Renfro (‘94 AAD), a partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro and board member at Storefront.
They discuss their involvement with Storefront and its unique role in the field as a multidisciplinary thought organization. Illustrated with his most important and provocative projects at DS+R and Storefront, Charles Renfro shares his continued interest in queer space and culture-making public facilities that negotiate physical connections among people.
The conversation took place at DS+R’s office on September 19, 2019.
Oct 25 2019
Rank #2: Internships and the Architectural Profession: Architecture and Tech
In this podcast episode, recent graduate James Brillon ('18 M.Arch) speaks with faculty and alumni Violet Whitney ('17 M.Arch). The School recently commissioned a small group of GSAPP alumni to report on the current state of internships in the architecture profession. James is one of the contributors to the report, and we asked him to expand on the issues in this conversation with Violet. In addition to teaching in GSAPP's Visual Studies sequence, Violet leads computational design and research at Sidewalk Labs. They discuss Violet’s personal experience in her transition from architecture to tech, and how the business models of traditional architecture firms compare to those of a tech company. The full text of the Internships and the Architectural Profession report can be found on GSAPP's website.
Oct 18 2019
Rank #3: Path of Resistance: A Journey Toward Designing Locally Sensitive Buildings
In this podcast episode, Dean Amale Andros speaks with architect Marina Tabassum about architectural design that respects and prioritizes local communities, contexts, and civic aspects of city life. Marina Tabassum is Founder of Dhaka-based Marina Tabassum Architects (MTA), and Director of Academic Programs at the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements. Her work has established a contemporary architectural language in Bangladesh that is locally rooted. We learn about how her design-oriented studio takes a firm stance on “the path of resistance” in building an unconventionally diverse portfolio. The interview was conducted prior to the 9th annual Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture held at the school on September 23, 2019.
Oct 11 2019
Rank #4: Mark Wigley in Conversation with Amelyn Ng
“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
Nov 30 2018
Rank #5: Black Compositional Thought and Systems of Spatial Navigation
Episode 76 features an excerpt from a conversation between Professor Mabel O. Wilson and New York-based artist Torkwase Dyson about her recently opened exhibition 1919: Black Water. On view at Columbia GSAPP’s Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery through December 14, 2019, the exhibition includes new paintings, sculptures, and drawings that respond to the 100th anniversary of the “Red Summer” of 1919, a period of heightened racial violence across the United States. Dyson creates visual and material systems that explore relationships between bodily movement and architecture, with an emphasis on the ways that black and brown bodies perceive and negotiate space. During the conversation, they discuss systems of subjugation within architectural forms, and ways in which spatial composition is used as a tool for self-liberation. A transcript of the full conversation is published in the exhibition brochure and can be found on the School’s website.
Oct 04 2019
Rank #6: Sandra Barclay and Jean Pierre Crousse in Conversation with Daniel Bernal
“The future of architects, at least in our country, is not the traditional way of being an architect where you have your office and you wait for clients to come. You have to be aware. Nowadays, you have to propose your knowledge of being an architect in places where nobody expects that an architect can be useful.” - Jean Pierre Crousse
Feb 15 2019
Rank #7: Julia Burdova and Olga Aleksakova in Conversation with Christine Giorgio
“[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
Feb 08 2019
Rank #8: Retail, Architecture, and Contemporary Public Infrastructures
In episode #75, Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices (MSCCCP) student Emma Macdonald speaks with architect Jesse LeCavalier about his research around the global emergence of new public infrastructures. Jesse LeCavalier is the author of The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment and associate professor of architecture at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto. He works to engage the public on new types of contemporary infrastructure and logistics by shedding light on their underlying meanings, interrelations, and purposes. This interview was conducted prior to his lecture at the school on September 16, 2019.
Sep 27 2019
Rank #9: Local Craftsmanship and Microarchitecture as Alternative Production Models
In this podcast episode, we continue the conversation around making culture in Nairobi, Lagos, Accra/Tema, and Johannesburg. Faculty Mpho Matsipa speaks with designers DK Osseo-Asare and Naeem Biviji about their making processes, which explore local craftsmanship and low-cost & small-scale architecture as alternatives to rapid industrialization and big infrastructure in Africa today. DK Osseo-Asare is co-founder and principal of architecture and integrated design studio Low Design Office (LOWDO), based in Austin, Texas and Tema, Ghana. Naeem Biviji is the co-founder of Studio Propolis, a design workshop based in Nairobi, Kenya run with partner Bethan Rayner. 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.
Sep 20 2019