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LECTURES: Fri, February 8, 2013

Christoph Korner: Genetic Bastards

Faculty Talk
Friday, Feb 8, 1pm
Room 160

Moderated by Dora Epstein-Jones

Korner's recent research has been focused on the relationship between architecture and society. At the core of it is the question, if architecture can be part of, influence, or even create a social identity? Korner was using the architecture of the Mexican Miracle in post-revolutionary Mexico as a case study and, departing from there, studied a broader approach to contemporary regionalisms. Contemporary identities are less linear and monolithic, which requires a more multifaceted approach, especially considering the eclectic ambiguity of our society.

Purebred systems can therefore not reflect our environment any longer. Instead we have to work with hybrids of manifold systems of vernacular traditions and create a new mixture of the genetic codes of the built environment. We have to create genetic bastards that are a creation of and simultaneously create our multicultural society.

Frankfurt Regionals │ GRAFT

Christoph Korner, born and raised in Germany, studied architecture at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. After receiving his Dipl. Ing. Arch he continued his education at UCLA and received a Master in Architecture with a Major in History and Theory of Architecture. He is a a founding member of the internationally acclaimed architecture firm GRAFT with offices in Los Angeles, Berlin and Beijing. He has been part of the faculty at Woodbury University, Burbank, Pasadena City College and SCI-Arc.

His publications include articles in Bauwelt, Archithese, and Baumeister, as well as "Distinct Ambiguity," a book about his recent research and projects. His company’s work has been exhibited in Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Singapore, South Korea, as well as the United States. They have won numerous awards, including AIA Awards, GOOD DESIGN Award, Contractworld Awards, Red Dot Awards, and Interior Design Awards.


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