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.