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 Summer Listening
We’ll be taking a break from our regular publishing schedule during the month of August, and hope that you’ll join us again in September for a new season. Upcoming episodes will feature Mark Lee, co-curator with Sharon Johnston of this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial; Laura Kurgan, director of Columbia GSAPP’s Center for Spatial Research; Anne Lacaton of the French firm Lacaton & Vassal; and legendary artist and architect James Wines, founder of the environmental arts studio SITE.
Listen to this bonus episode to hear excerpts from some of our earlier episodes with Juan Herreros, Carlos Bayod Lucini and Adam Lowe of Factum Arte, the London-based office vPPR, and Kate Orff of SCAPE.
Bonus Episode: Extraction Lab
Christoph Kumpusch in Conversation with James Taylor-Foster
ArchDaily's Editor-at-Large James Taylor-Foster speaks with Columbia GSAPP faculty Christoph Kumpusch, who directs the school's Core I studios. Kumpusch introduces his Extraction Lab, a new five-year project launching in August 2017 with a student summer workshop at the Burning Man festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada.
Anupama Kundoo in Conversation with Ayesha Ghosh
Third-year M.Arch student Ayesha Ghosh speaks with Anupama Kundoo on the occasion of her lecture at Columbia GSAPP in November 2016. Kundoo, who started her award-winning practice in 1990, discusses the relationship between material and technology, involving people in the making of their houses to develop a new model for affordable housing, and her belief that many global versus local arguments miss the fact that people are not as different as one thinks.
"My deep belief is that architecture lies in the non-material. ... Architecture is all about occupying the void and shaping the void and designing the void. Materials are there to hold the space."
Zeynep Çelik Alexander in Conversation with Jarrett Ley
Current Columbia GSAPP student Jarrett Ley speaks with Zeynep Çelik Alexander, who taught the course "Questions in Architectural History" at GSAPP in the Fall of 2016 and delivered the school's 2017 Detlef Mertens Lecture on the History of Modernity. Alexander is an associate professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. In this podcast, she discusses her ongoing research on the history of modern architecture since the Enlightenment and the meaning of "Gestaltung", the need for developing new language suitable for contemporary practice, and the role of architecture schools within the context of research universities.
“We haven’t yet developed the language with which to understand the world that we live in.”
–Zeynep Çelik Alexander
Fabrizio Barozzi of Barozzi Veiga in Conversation with Ayesha Ghosh
Third-year M.Arch student Ayesha Ghosh speaks with Fabrizio Barozzi, who co-founded Barozzi Veiga with Alberto Veiga in 2004. The Barcelona-based practice has won numerous competitions and their work has won awards throughout Europe. In this conversation, which took place on the occasion of his lecture at Columbia GSAPP on April 12, 2017, Barozzi describes his process and obsessions – including the role of research and his engagement with history, using this research to construct a narrative for the building, and the qualities he hopes to embed in his work.
“How to find your own voice, starting from a different environment, or a different context … maybe this is one of my obsessions.”
Mark Lee of Johnston Marklee in Conversation with Amale Andraos