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  • Asli TUSAVUL, "Building the Picture." Axonometric drawing.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    critic: Elena MANFERDINI.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Asli TUSAVUL: This project is working within a contemporary rereading of the politics of the envelope, producing new models of “faciality.”

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  • Alejandro ZAERA-POLO.
    new york NEW YORK

    In this lecture, AZPML Principal and Princeton SOA Dean Alejandro Zaera-Polo deepens his ongoing exploration of the meanings of the envelope, touching on rainscreens, insulation, airtightness, green and media walls, and other technologies.

    lecture: Alejandro ZAERA-POLO, “Twelve Ecologies of the Envelope.”
    Wednesday, 01/29
    6.30 p.m. / Wood Auditorium
    Columbia University
    1172 Amsterdam Avenue
    New York, NY 10027

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  • Timothy HYDE, Constitutional Modernism.
    new york NEW YORK

    How does architecture make its appearance in civil society? How did architectural modernism function as a political and social instrument? Constitutional Modernism pursues these questions by exploring architecture, planning, and law as cultural forces in mid-century Cuba. Author Timothy Hyde’s analysis of the complex entanglements between these disciplines reconstructs how architects joined with other professionals and intellectuals in efforts to establish a stable civil society, from the promulgation of a new Cuban Constitution . . . until the Cuban Revolution. Join Hyde in conversation with architect and theorist Jorge Otero-Pailos.

    in conversation: Timothy HYDE & Jorge OTERO-PAILOS
    Thursday, 09/05
    7.00 p.m. / Van Alen Books
    30 W 22nd St.
    New York, NY 10010

  • Antoine PICON, ed., Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity.
    2013

    Though inextricably linked with digital tools and culture, Antoine Picon argues that some significant traits in ornament persist from earlier Western architectural traditions. These he defines as the “subjective”—the human interaction that ornament requires in both its production and its reception—and the political. . . . By bringing previous traditions in ornament under scrutiny, Picon makes us question the political issues at stake in today’s ornamental revival. . . .

  • Pier Vittorio AURELI, The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture.
    2011

    In The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture, Pier Vittorio Aureli proposes that a sharpened formal consciousness in architecture is a precondition for political, cultural, and social engagement with the city. Aureli uses the term absolute not in the conventional sense of “pure,” but to denote something that is resolutely itself after being separated from its other. In the pursuit of the possibility of an absolute architecture, the other is the space of the city, its extensive organization, and its government. Politics is agonism through separation and confrontation; the very condition of architectural form is to separate and be separated. . . .

  • Cyber-Nietzsche
    new york NEW YORK

    The Center for Transformative Media (CTM) at Parsons: The New School for Design presents “Cyber-Nietzsche: Tunnels, Tightropes, Net-&-Meshworks” a day-long symposium (10am to 6pm) on the relation of Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophy to Media Studies, Cybernetics, and the so-called “Digital Humanities” (Human, All too Human?).

    “Cyber-Nietzsche: Tunnels, Tightropes, Net-&-Meshworks,” with Joseph NECHVATAL, Eugene THACKER, Babette BABICH, Gary SHAPIRO, Shannon BELL, Dominic PETTMANN, & more.
    Saturday, 04/13
    10.00am-6.00pm / Room 404
    Parsons: The New School for Design
    66 West 12th Street, New York, NEW YORK

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