Maxi Spina’s lecture, “Lines of Thinking,” will speculate on how issues of differential geometry, computation and new means of fabrication influence the emergence of novel formal and tectonic logics for architecture.
lecture: Maxi SPINA, “Lines of Thinking.”
07.00 p.m. / Outdoor Urban Art Festival 2014
via dello Scalo San Lorenzo 10
Through the historical, theoretical and formal underpinnings of Maxi Spina Architects’s speculative and built projects, as well as graphic and material experiments, Spina will articulate Architecture’s corporeal presence and tectonic basis through a critical scrutiny into the relationship between the discipline’s generative and representational tools.
Maxi Spina is the Principal of Maxi Spina Architects (MSA), an experimental award-winning architectural design firm, based in Los Angeles and with built work in Argentina. The firm pursues independent commissions that range in scale from urban and architectural interventions to small-scale installations.
Notable projects include Jujuy Redux, a recently completed multi-family Housing in Argentina, Finalist for the Architizer A+ Awards, and recipient of the American Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum; an AIA-LA Merit Award; as well as an Honorable Mention by Architect Magazine Annual Design Review.
Other projects include MSA’s entry for the Keelung Ferry & Cargo Terminal International competition in Taiwan; as well as a series of small prefabricated installations that explore tectonic conditions mediated through a computational field of influences. Current projects include a mix-used High-rise in Ghana; a modular, textile-based shading structure for Woodbury University; and single-family House in Argentina.
Maxi has lectured widely on his work; recent lectures have been at UCLA-Jump Start, Lund University, University of Florida at Gainesville, and UC Berkeley. His work has been exhibited and published widely in the US, Argentina, Italy, Spain and China, in journals such as Casabella, Praxis, Summa+, Plot, Architect Magazine, The Architect Newspaper, Arquine, Pidgin, TARP, ReVista, as well as in on-line journals such as Arch Daily, Evolo and suckerPUNCH.
Maxi has maintained an active academic career; he is an Associate Professor at Woodbury University, and has taught at CCA, National University of Rosario, and UC Berkeley, where he earned a Maybeck Fellowship in 2007-08. Throughout his career, he has actively worked as a designer for Daniel Libeskind, Neil Denari and PATTERNS, among others. Maxi received his M.Arch from Princeton University and a B.Arch from National University of Rosario, Argentina.