25 episodes

GSAPP Conversations offer a window onto the expanding field of contemporary architectural practice through discussions on the current projects, research, and obsessions of a diverse group of invited guests from emerging and well-established practices. Hosted by Columbia GSAPP’s Dean Amale Andraos, the conversations also feature the School’s influential faculty and alumni, and give students the opportunity to engage architects on issues of concern to the next generation.

GSAPP Conversations Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

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GSAPP Conversations offer a window onto the expanding field of contemporary architectural practice through discussions on the current projects, research, and obsessions of a diverse group of invited guests from emerging and well-established practices. Hosted by Columbia GSAPP’s Dean Amale Andraos, the conversations also feature the School’s influential faculty and alumni, and give students the opportunity to engage architects on issues of concern to the next generation.

    Memories of the Resistance: A Spatial Investigation

    Memories of the Resistance: A Spatial Investigation

    Sophie Hochhäusl in Conversation with Emmanuel Olunkwa.
    In episode #90, CCCP student Emmanuel Olunkwa speaks with architectural historian Sophie Hochhäusl. Hochhäusl is an Assistant Professor for Architectural History and Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Her scholarly work centers on modern architecture and urban culture in Austria, Germany, and the United States, with a focus on the history of social movements, gender studies, and environmental history.
    Hochhäusl discusses her book Memories of the Resistance: Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky and the Architecture of Collective Dissidence, 1918–1989, in which she analyzes the work of Austrian architect and activist Schütte-Lihotzky. She shares with us her strong interest in the social implications of architecture and discusses the ways in which it can be perceived as a form of radical resistance.

    • 25 min
    The Green New Deal: Shaping a Public Imagination

    The Green New Deal: Shaping a Public Imagination

    Kim Stanley Robinson in Conversation with Benjamin Eckersley and Isaac Kim.
    In episode #89, Columbia GSAPP Master of Architecture student Isaac Kim and Columbia School of the Arts MFA student Benjamin Eckersley speak with author Kim Stanley Robinson. Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed 2312, The Years of Rice and Salt, and New York 2140.
    During the conversation, Robinson embraces the proposal for a Green New Deal and connects his science fiction writing to the growing political movement. He discusses how imagined scenario building and alternative societies might empower communities to be more proactive in responding to the reality of climate change. He also shares with us his long-term interest in architecture and how the built environment provides contextual and historical details in his own fictional writing.
    The episode was recorded prior to Robinson’s participation at a Columbia event on February 18, 2020. The discussion was organized by the Earth Institute’s Initiative on Communication and Sustainability, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, where it forms part of the ongoing project, “Power: Infrastructure in America.” For more information, including an essay by Robinson on the Green New Deal, see power.buellcenter.columbia.edu.

    • 21 min
    Spirit of Generosity: Designing for the People

    Spirit of Generosity: Designing for the People

    Carme Pinós in Conversation with Maru Benavides.
    In this podcast episode, architect Carme Pinós speaks with MARCH student Maru Benavides. Through their bilingual conversation, Pinós shares with us her love of simplicity and natural materials. She gives us a glimpse into her design philosophy that prioritizes human relations, closely considers context, and is spatially and programmatically generous toward the people. She also talks about how she works with the current market-driven building culture as a contemporary architect.
    Pinós is the founder of Barcelona-based Estudio Carme Pinós. Her sharp approach to design, anchored by a constant focus on experimentation and research, has made her work garner worldwide recognition. This recording was conducted before Carme Pinós’ lecture at the school on February 10, 2020.

    • 19 min
    Seeking Formal Expression: RUR Architecture

    Seeking Formal Expression: RUR Architecture

    Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto in Conversation with Jules Kleitman.
    In this podcast episode, architect Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto speak with M.Arch student Jules Kleitman. Reiser and Umemoto are founders and principles of Reiser + Umemoto (also known as RUR Architecture), a multidisciplinary design firm operating across various scales. Their work ranges from furniture design, to residential and commercial structures, up to the scale of landscape and infrastructure.
    Reiser and Umemoto reflect on a special time at Cooper Union when the architectural profession underwent a period of experimental exploration under the leadership of John Hejduk. They discuss the design process behind their O-14 Tower and how they arrived at its formal and hyper-structured expression. They also share with us how their projects in Dubai and Taipei function within local contexts around the globe.
    This recording was conducted before Jesse Reiser’s lecture at Columbia GSAPP on February 3, 2020.

    • 24 min
    Unionization in the Architectural Profession

    Unionization in the Architectural Profession

    Peggy Deamer in Conversation with Abraham Murrell.
    In this podcast episode, graduate Abraham Murrell ('18 M.Arch) speaks with architect and educator Peggy Deamer. GSAPP recently commissioned a group of alumni to report on the current state of internships in the architecture profession. This is our third podcast to explore this theme in more depth, following conversations with Mabel O. Wilson and Violet Whitney.
    Deamer discusses in depth the problematic relationship between bad fees and bad wages in the architectural profession. She advocates for unionization within the field and presents key positions of the Architecture Lobby.
    The full text of the Internships and the Architectural Profession report can be read on GSAPP's website.

    • 24 min
    Between Ideal and Real: Architecture’s Next Generation

    Between Ideal and Real: Architecture’s Next Generation

    Emanuel Christ in Conversation with Amale Andraos.
    In episode #85, Dean Amale Andraos speaks with architect and educator Emanuel Christ. Emanuel Christ is founding partner of Christ & Gantenbein, a leading architectural practice based in Basel, Switzerland. The firm’s work applies bold form and versatile material uses.
    During their conversation, Christ discusses how he integrates his architectural approach into curriculum design while teaching at ETH Zurich and compares architectural education in Europe and the US. He also speaks about the social, environmental, formal, and technological problems and solutions that are being undertaken by the next generation of architects. This interview was conducted prior to his lecture at the school on November 18, 2019.

    • 19 min

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