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JULY 2012

LECTURES: Thu, October 11, 2012

Angewandte Competition Symposium: Why Bother?

Thursday, October 11, 7pm
W. M. Keck Lecture Hall

Jeffrey Kipnis, Wolf Prix and Patrik Schumacher
Moderated by Hernan Diaz Alonso
Intro by Eric Owen Moss

In spring 2012, the University of Applied Arts, Vienna issued an international competition to overhaul the campus of the Angewandte, a group of buildings that house the University of Applied Arts, as well as the Museum for Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. The competition became the center of a polemic debate marking both the end and beginning of an entirely different architectural landscape in the city of Vienna, the repercussions of which are still unraveling today.

This symposium aims to discuss the architectural outcome and the political ramifications of the fragility of an intellectual project.

About Jeffrey Kipnis
For more than two decades Jeffrey Kipnis’s work has shaped the thinking, imagination and creative work of architects and critics. From seminal studies of the work of such key practitioners as Philip Johnson, Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Libeskind, to theoretical reflections on the intellectual, cultural and political role of contemporary architecture in such essays as Toward a New Architecture, Twisting the Separatrix and Political Space I, to his award-winning film on the work of Frank Gehry, to exhibitions on architectural drawing and design, Kipnis has brought a restless, generous and provocative originality to bear on the issues that have defined contemporary architecture.

About Wolf Prix
Wolf D. Prix co-founded COOP HIMMELB(L)AU in 1968. He studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology, the Architectural Association of London, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles. After various international teaching assignments he became professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in 1993 where he served as Vice-Rector, Head of Studio Prix until October 2011. He still remains Dean of the Institute for Architecture. The architectural designs of Wolf D. Prix, the Design Principal and CEO of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, have been highly acclaimed and featured in many publications, museums and collections worldwide.

About Patrik Schumacher
Patrik Schumacher is partner at Zaha Hadid Architects and founding director at the AA Design Research Lab. Schumacher studied philosophy and architecture in Bonn, London and Stuttgart, where he received his Diploma in architecture in 1990. In 1999, he completed his Ph.D at the Institute for Cultural Science, Klagenfurt University, Austria. Schumacher joined Zaha Hadid in 1988. In 1996, he founded the Design Research Laboratory with Brett Steele, at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and continues to serve as one of its co-directors.

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