On the occasion of the release of 10.0 Behold, PLAT journal presents a panel discussion with contributors: Mario Carpo, The Bartlett School of Architecture; Todd Cronan, Emory University; Daniel Jacobs & Brittany Utting, HOME-OFFICE/University of Houston and Rice University; and Gili Merin, The Architectural Association, at 12:00 p.m. cst via Zoom as part of the 2021-2022 Rice Architecture Lecture Series, Building Identities, Fall Edition.
Mario Carpo is Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory, the Bartlett, University College London. He is the author of Architecture in the Age of Printing: Orality, Writing, Typography, and Printed Images in the History of Architectural Theory and The Alphabet and the Algorithm (both published by the MIT Press) and other books.
Todd Cronan is Associate Professor of art history at Emory University. He is the author of Against Affective Formalism: Matisse, Bergson, Modernism (2013) and articles on subjects like photographic "previsualization," chance photography, orthodoxy, Brecht, Rodchenko, Max Ernst, Minor White, R. M. Schindler, Richard Neutra, the Eameses, Merleau-Ponty, Santayana, Simmel, and Valéry. He recently completed a book on Brecht, Rodchenko and Eisenstein and another on architectural modernism in Southern California. He is a founder and editor-in-chief of nonsite.org.
Daniel Jacobs, University of Houston and Brittany Utting, Rice Architecture, founded HOME-OFFICE in 2017 in Houston, TX. HOME-OFFICE is a research and design collaborative that explores architecture as an entanglement of spatial types, material histories, and social imaginaries. Paying attention to architecture's modes of production and representation, we think about space at a spectrum of scales: from the detail of the enclosure to the protocols and policies that shape the built environment.
Gili Merin is an architect, photographer, and Ph.D. candidate at the Architectural Association in London. She is a Diploma unit master at the AA, a lecturer for History and Theory of architecture at the Royal College of Arts, and a visiting professor in Syracuse University.
She studied architecture at the UdK Berlin, Waseda University in Tokyo, and the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Her on-going dissertation 'Towards Jerusalem: The Architecture of Pilgrimage' (supervised by Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria S. Giudici) explores structures of spiritual travel using photography as a design tool. In 2018, the thesis was awarded the annual AA writing prize.
She was trained as an architect, editor and researcher at OMA in Rotterdam, Kuehn Malvezzi in Berlin and Efrat-Kowalsky in Tel Aviv.
Construction of physical structures is inseparable from the construction of human identities. Rice Architecture aims to broaden our understanding of building construction and identity formation as two interrelated processes, seeking to close the gap between the social and the formal in the field of architecture and our world more broadly. Reflecting the pluralism of Houston as the most diverse city in the United States, Building Identities advances the agency of architecture in a new multicultural world. We believe this is an urgent theme for our school, our community, and our field at large.
All lectures take place CST via Zoom. All lectures are free and open to the public. Each lecture is eligible for one AIA/CES Learning Unit.
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This lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the Betty R. and the George F. Pierce Jr., FAIA, Fund, the William B. Coleman Jr. Colloquium Fund for Architecture, the Wm. W. Caudill Lecture Series Fund, and Rice Design Alliance (RDA), the public programs and outreach arm of Rice Architecture. PLAT is an independent student journal of Rice Architecture and is supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.