Harvard Symposium on Architecture: “Design Techniques”

The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities has supported the Symposium on Architecture: “Design Techniques,” with Jeannette Kuo, Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee, Philippe Rahm, and Camilo Restrepo Ochoa; moderated by Iñaki Ábalos.
Date: Thursday, October 30th

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

At a moment of dissolution in design, technique is all an architect can grasp. Techniques occupy a beautifully indeterminate void on the fault line between theory and practice. Spared of reductive allegiance to either, design techniques are uniquely powerful. A technique may disrupt, innovate, communicate, or surprise.  At the same time, techniques stand as silent markers of membership—opaque envelops delimiting communities of colleagues.  This first of two symposia interrogates the motivations, instruments, influences, justifications, effects, and origins of contemporary design techniques. Ultimately technique is how novelty manifests itself in architecture, expanding and advancing the inner core of our discipline.

Moderated by Iñaki Abalos, with:

Jeannette Kuo, Karamuk Kuo Architekten, Zurich, Switzerland

Camilo Restrpo Ochoa, Camilo Restrepo Arquitectos, Medellin, Colombia, Harvard GSD Design Critic in Architecture

Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, Johnston Marklee & Associates, Los Angeles, California, Harvard GSD Design Critic in Architecture

Philippe Rahm, Philippe Rahm Architectes, Paris, France, Harvard GSD Design Critic in Architecture

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