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“When is a model a beginning or an end?” will explore the role of models and modeling in design, in both contemporary and historical terms. Whether used as a generative tool, an explanatory device, or as a figurative abstraction of something not yet understood, the role of the model in architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism, has been both a complicit and complicated one. The nature and status of the model has been further complicated in recent times by rhetoric and technology of ‘big data’, and the advent of building information modeling, and new forms of graphic communication.
Moderated by John Harwood, Associate Professor of Architecture at the Daniels Faculty.
Amale Andraos is Dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and co-founder of WORKac, a New-York based architectural and urban practice with international reach. In addition to Columbia, Andraos has taught at universities including Princeton University School of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Pennsylvania Design School, and American University in Beirut. Her publications include Architecture and Representation: The Arab City; 49 Cities; Above the Pavement, the Farm!; and numerous essays. WORKac is focused on re-imaging architecture at the intersection of the urban, the rural, and the natural. It has achieved international recognition through institutional projects such as the Edible Schoolyards; a new conference center in Lebreville, Gabon; or the Miami Collage Garrage. In addition to other awards, WORKac was named the 2015 AIA New York State Firm of the Year.
D. Graham Burnett works at the intersection of historical inquiry and artistic practice. He is interested in experimental/experiential approaches to textual material, pedagogical modes, and hermeneutic activities traditionally associated with the research humanities. Recent (collaborative) performances and exhibitions include: “The Work of Art Under Conditions of Intermittent Accessibility” (Palais de Tokyo, Paris); “The Trochilus Exercise” (Asian Arts Theater, Gwangju, South Korea); “Boğaziçi Rolls” (SALT-Galata, Istanbul), “The Ketchem Screen” (Manifesta 11, Zurich), and “Schema for a School” (2015 Ljubljana Biennial). Burnett trained in the History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University, and teaches at Princeton. He is an editor at the Brooklyn-based Cabinet magazine, the author of a number of books (including Descartes and the Hyperbolic Quest, Trying Leviathan, and The Sounding of the Whale), and an associate of the research collective ESTAR(SER): www.estarser.net