SPRING 2014 LECTURES
Wednesday, March 19, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
If the work we produced in the last decade operated between architecture and landscape, with an emphasis on landscape urbanism, the more recent work has returned to smaller scale buildings and projects, incorporating lessons learned from landscape but with a stronger emphasis on the specific agency of architecture and the power of the situated object. Architecture can do things landscape cannot; in complex urban settings, the "strategy of the void," while attractive, is finally limiting. Today we are working on in field-like strategies of aggregation, on institutional programs in contemporary urban sites, and designing everyday spaces for working artists.
Stan Allen is an architect working in New York and George Dutton ’27 Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. From 2002 to 2012 he was Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton. He holds degrees from Brown University, The Cooper Union and Princeton. His architectural firm SAA/Stan Allen Architect has realized buildings and urban projects in the United States, South America and Asia.
Responding to the complexity of the modern city in creative ways, Stan Allen has developed an extensive catalogue of innovative design strategies, in particular looking at field theory, landscape architecture and ecology as models to revitalize the practice of architecture. Since 2008, he has received 3 P/A Awards and 5 AIA Awards, as well as the John Hejduk Award from the Cooper Union and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work is published in Points + Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City (2001) and his essays in Practice: Architecture, Technique and Representation (2008). His most recent book is Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain, published in 2011.
R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man
Published by Princeton University School of Architecture
March 19, 6-7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
SCI-Arc is pleased to host a book reception with Stan Allen and Daniel López-Pérez to celebrate the new book R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man, published by Princeton University School of Architecture.
The book presents the original typescript of Fuller’s never-before-published Kenneth Stone Kassler memorial Lecture. Delivered at the Princeton University School of Architecture in 1966—a year before his masterwork took shape at Expo ’67 in Montreal—the lecture encapsulates Fuller’s radical thinking at the height of his career. Reflecting on the severe challenges facing the global ecology, Fuller delivers an impassioned rallying cry to architects to shape their universe by responding to its underlying principles—a cry as relevant today as it was in the visionary designer’s own time.
The reception precedes the public lecture by Stan Allen on Landscapes and Buildings, starting at 7pm in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall.
Stan Allen is an architect and George Dutton ’27 Professor of architectural Design at the Princeton University School of Architecture, where he served as dean from 2002 to 2012. His practice, SAA/Stan Allen Architect, has realized buildings and projects from single family houses to urban master plans, in the United States and abroad. The extensive catalog of architectural and urban strategies he developed to respond to the complexity of the modern city is presented in Points and Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City (1999), and his essays are collected in Practice: Architecture, Technique and Representation (2009). His most recent book is Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain (2011).
Daniel López-Pérez is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Design and a founding faculty member of the Architecture Program at the University of San Diego. López-Pérez received a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University, a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (with Honors) from Columbia University, and an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association. A Fuller Scholar, López-Pérez is currently completing the manuscript of a book entitled From Spheres to Atmospheres, R. Buckminster Fuller’s Spherical Atlas, 1944–1980.
Friday, March 21, 1pm
M. Casey Rehm's faculty talk expands on his research on re-appropriating the human figure in contemporary design.
Rehm's work explores attempts to produce empathetic effects from the coordination of abstracted figures into abnormal, or inhuman social behaviors negotiated through the use of complex adaptive systems, and the architectural potentials of a contemporary variation on the caryatid, or structural body. His work also looks at the role of self-image in a context of continuous surveillance and networking through the leveraging of 3D scaning to produce responsive environs and mutant avatars towards the production of novel methods of occupancy and accesorization.
M. Casey Rehm is the principal of Studio Kinch, a design and algorithmic consulting firm based in Brooklyn, New York. His current research focuses on the use of complex adaptive systems and contemporary interactive technology in the production of architecture, animation, product and graphic design. He received a MSAAD from Columbia University in 2009 and his BARCH from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. He has over 8 years of architectural experience, working for firms in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, and London. In addition to his professional experience, he is currently a full time faculty member at SCI-Arc, where he teaches design studio in the advanced M.Arch 2 program and a visual studies seminar. Previously, he was also a full time faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has assisted studios at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Pratt Institute.
Wednesday, March 26, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
It’s November 2013. I was just asked to do this. Consequently I have NO IDEA what I’m going to talk about in March. Likely, cats will come up. This is because 1) I have a cat whom I love and who is dying now and may not survive another four months and 2) because I’ve spent the last seven years writing a 27-volume novel called The Familiar, which concerns a cat. In fact, the first volumes are due five days after I give this talk. It’s highly likely then that process will come up a lot. No doubt I’ll be exhausted, damp with thought, more off-kilter than usual — i.e. impatient and unpleasant. One promise I can make: I usually know how to survive large, complex projects. One promise I can’t make: that I won’t just stand up and read a story about a zoo and a particularly dangerous tiger.
Mark Z. Danielewski is the author of the award-winning and bestselling novel House of Leaves, National Book Award finalist Only Revolutions, and The Fifty Year Sword, which was performed on Halloween three years in a row at REDCAT. He is currently finishing the very beginning of The Familiar, a 27-volume novel about a 12-year-old girl who finds a kitten.