GSAPP Conversations

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.

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29 December 2017
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Episode #39
Making Books Now: Go Hasegawa in Conversation with Kersten Geers

Go Hasegawa speaks with Kersten Geers in this final of six conversations recorded live at the conference Making Books Now on September 15, 2017. The conference was co-organized by Columbia GSAPP and the Chicago Architecture Biennial on the occasion of the Biennial’s opening at the Chicago Cultural Center, and was hosted by GSAPP’s Director of Publications, James Graham.

Kersten Geers, of OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, and Go Hasegawa, of Go Hasegawa and Associates, speak with one another about their respective books, The Difficult Whole (Park Books, 2016) and Conversations with European Architects.

“If we only do the practice, of course we can be a good architect, we can make more beautiful buildings through the experience… but at the same time, we need to be kids, we need to be [dreamers]. So for that purpose the book is really important – to make a dream.” – Go Hasegawa

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22 December 2017
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Episode #38
Making Books Now: Sarah Dunn in Conversation with Keith Krumwiede

Sarah Dunn speaks with Keith Krumwiede in this fifth of six conversations recorded live at the conference Making Books Now on September 15, 2017. The conference was co-organized by Columbia GSAPP and the Chicago Architecture Biennial on the occasion of the Biennial’s opening at the Chicago Cultural Center, and was hosted by GSAPP’s Director of Publications, James Graham.

Sarah Dunn, of UrbanLab, and Keith Krumwiede, speak with one another about their respective books, UrbanLab Bowling (Applied Research + Design, 2017) and Atlas of Another America (Park Books, 2016).

“They are not monographs, exactly. They’re… manifestos. They’re asking a kind of ‘what if’ question: what if we used architecture, or urban planning, urban design to make a new way to live?’ – Sarah Dunn

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15 December 2017
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Episode #37
Making Books Now: David Benjamin in Conversation with Ben Aranda

David Benjamin begins this conversation with Benjamin Aranda, the fourth of six recorded live at the conference Making Books Now on September 15, 2017. The conference was co-organized by Columbia GSAPP and the Chicago Architecture Biennial on the occasion of the Biennial’s opening at the Chicago Cultural Center, and was hosted by GSAPP’s Director of Publications, James Graham.

Benjamin Aranda, co-founder of Aranda\Lasch, and David Benjamin, founder of The Living, speak with one another about their respective books Trace Elements (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2017) and Now We See Now (The Monacelli Press, 2018).

“The making of a book – like the making of a building – imposes a striking finality, or decisions that one needs to commit to. I think that’s why architects love making books, because it’s almost a kind of rehearsal.” – Benjamin Aranda

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8 December 2017
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Episode #36
Making Books Now: Tatiana Bilbao in Conversation with Freek Persyn

Tatiana Bilbao speaks with Freek Persyn in this third of six conversations recorded live at the conference Making Books Now on September 15, 2017. The conference was co-organized by Columbia GSAPP and the Chicago Architecture Biennial on the occasion of the Biennial’s opening at the Chicago Cultural Center, and was hosted by GSAPP’s Director of Publications, James Graham.

Freek Persyn, of 51n4e , and Tatiana Bilbao, founder of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio , speak with one another about their respective books How Things Meet (Art Paper Editions, 2016) and Landscapes of Faith (Lars Müller Publishers, 2018).

“But even if it’s quite an expensive investment, I think it’s worthwhile. Whether you chose investing in a car or investing in a book, maybe for your own growth it’s better to do the latter.”
– Freek Persyn

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1 December 2017
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Episode #35
Making Books Now: MOS in Conversation with SO-IL

Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith speak with Florian Idenburg in this second of six conversations recorded live at the conference Making Books Now on September 15, 2017. The conference was co-organized by Columbia GSAPP and the Chicago Architecture Biennial on the occasion of the Biennial’s opening at the Chicago Cultural Center, and was hosted by GSAPP’s Director of Publications, James Graham.

Florian Idenburg, co-founder of SO-IL, and Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith, co-founders of MOS Architects, speak with one another about their respective books Order, Edge, Aura (Lars Müller Publishers, 2017) and Selected Works (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016).

“One of the pleasures of doing a book is opening it up to others. ... For me, the great things out of this book were the essays by other writers, not architects … they really affected our work.” – Michael Meredith

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