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.
Rosanne Haggerty in Conversation with Justin Garrett Moore
Mimi Hoang and Eric Bunge of nARCHITECTS in Conversation with Amale Andraos
Dean Amale Andraos speaks with Mimi Hoang and Eric Bunge, founding partners of nARCHITECTS. Hoang and Bunge are Adjunct Assistant Professors at Columbia GSAPP, where they regularly teach Core Architecture Studios. In this episode, they discuss the need to rethink a building’s interaction with the city and its occupants, teaching students to consider typological, social, and economic units in new ways, and finding an alternative way of presenting their office in print – as a project in itself, rather than a through a series of projects – with their forthcoming book “Buildings and Almost Buildings”.
“Carmel Place is trying to reflect and respond to how we have changed — how the family structure has changed, how the demographics of cities have changed. All of that is pushing against our known assumptions of how we live. It was an extremely inspiring act to inset architecture into these much larger discussions about housing policy, zoning codes, etc., and to really insert architecture as a necessary act to respond to change.”
—Mimi Hoang on nARCHITECT's modular housing project for Kips Bay, New York.
Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa of Ensamble in Conversation with James Brillon
They discuss the firm’s recent participation in the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the need for embedding localized notions of prefabrication in the design process, and the beneficial ways in which simultaneously working in rural and urban contexts can inform and influence the other.
Ensamble describe their Chicago Tribune Tower project for the biennial – the Big Bang Tower – as an opportunity to challenge the relationship between a tower’s core and shell in order to create a new typology with a permeable structural perimeter expressing urbanity: “a column of columns”. They also describe the experience of working in the expansive western landscape of Montana for the Tippet Rise Art Center, where the perception and role of the building continually changes with the light, season, and climate.
Ensamble has offices in Madrid, Spain, and Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to their architectural practice, Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa lead the POPlab (Prototypes of Prefabrication Research Laboratory) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.).
Meng Yan of Urbanus in Conversation with Justin Romeo
They discuss the relationship between research and design in the Urbanus office, and Meng Yan's plans for the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, which he is co-curating in Shenzhen in December 2017.
URBANUS was founded in 1999 by partners Liu Xiaodu, Wang Hui and Meng Yan, and is recognized as one of the most influential architecture practices in China. The firm focuses on urban realities in their research and built projects, seeking architectural solutions to emerging urban problems.
Bonus Episode: GSAPP Incubator
Recent Incubator Members in Conversation with Paul Makovsky
Paul Makovsky of Metropolis Magazine speaks with four recent members of the GSAPP Incubator: Michelle Young, Untapped Cities; Bika Rebek, SibilaSoon; Lauren Johnson, QSPACE; and Chris Barley, Consortia. They discuss their respective projects, how these were developed during their time at the Incubator, and what is coming up next in their work.
James Wines of SITE in Conversation with Jarrett Ley