Symposium on Architecture: “Design Techniques II”


The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities has supported the Symposium on Architecture: “Design Techniques II,” with Momoyo Kaijima, Tom Emerson, Kersten Geers, Florian Idenburg, Silvia Benedito, and Antoine Picon; moderated by Enrique Walker

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Where: Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

The event is free and open to the public.

Event Description

In a discipline reformulating the role of the architect, the question of technique has acquired a new priority. Techniques move with unexpected fluidity, circulating between individuals and collectives, calling the influence of each into question. Paradoxical and ambiguous, techniques simultaneously negate and open possibilities. A technique can be a subversive strategy, resisting apparently objective parameters, or an appropriative gaze, reconstituting the world as an object of disciplinary knowledge. This symposium, the second event of the series “All that is solid…”, interrogates the collectivity, authorship, effects, and deployment of contemporary design techniques. With Tom Emerson (6a), Kersten Geers (Office), Florian Idenburg (SO – IL), and Momoyo Kaijima (Atelier Bow-Wow). Moderated by Enrique Walker, associate professor of architecture at Columbia University GSAPP, with responses by Silvia Benedito, assistant professor of landscape architecture, and Antoine Picon, G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology. 

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