Public Lecture Series

Feb 22, 2018 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

The Trump presidency has brought to sharp light the enduring racial inequalities through which liberal democracy is constituted and lived.  In this talk, I examine imaginations and practices of resistance, from sanctuary cities to professional refusal, against regimes of white nationalism.  But I also place the present historical conjuncture in the broader history of racial capitalism and return to the “freedom dreams” of black reconstruction and the project of abolitionism.  I argue that our disciplines and professions have a role to play in such plans of freedom.

Feb 27, 2018 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge
Feb 27, 2018 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge9

Cristina Goberna Pesudo is a practitioner architect, educator and critic. She is founder partner of Fake Industries, Architectural Agonism (FKAA), an architectural practice of horizontal structure and colaborative nature based in Barcelona, New York and Sydney. Cristina completed a 7 years Bachelor Degree in Architecture at the University of Seville, Spain. As a Fulbright Fellow she was awarded an MS. in Advance Architectural Design (AAD) and an Advance Architectural Research (AAR) certificate by GSAPP in Columbia University.

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:00pm
Long Lounge/Room 7-429

Dinner with the In-Laws is organized by the Architecture Student Council (ASC).

Mar 15, 2018 - 6:00pm
Lecture Hall 10-250

Francis Kéré argues for a new approach in architecture that combines traditional ressources and modern building techniques through innovative construction strategies. The use of local, natural materials, and the integration of the community in the building process drives the architectural concepts for projects spread across the African, European and American continents.

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:00pm
Long Lounge/Room 7-429

Dinner with the In-Laws is organized by the Architecture Student Council.

Apr 10, 2018 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429

To cajole, prod, intimidate, browbeat, renegotiate, plead, torment, threaten, and menace: these acts of hectoring invoke the physical and symbolic powers imputed to the built environment as well as the sometimes awkward demands of urban design practice. Join Hector partners Jae Shin and Damon Rich for a talk about finding inspiration and motivation in the everyday politics of how we build the places we live.

Apr 12, 2018 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

Civic discourse today centers on questions of equity and justice. How do we allocate wealth, opportunity, and risk? Who benefits from protocols of race, sexuality, and gender? What are the infrastructures of citizenship?

Our discipline has a deep stake in these matters, since architecture mediates power. But the professional and intellectual apparatus of our field too often ignores inequality and perpetuates injustice. Drawing on examples from architectural scholarship and practice, this talk invites you to join in building the discipline we deserve.

 

Apr 18, 2018 - 6:00pm
Long Lounge/Room 7-429

Dinner with the In-Laws is organized by the Architecture Student Council.

Apr 19, 2018 - 6:00pm
10-250

MIT Visiting Artist Tomás Saraceno, MIT Senior Lecturer in Meteorology Lodovica Illari, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry Daniel Cziczo and Morningstar Professor of Physics Robert Jaffe discuss how the solar-powered sculptures of the Aerocene project inspire us to think of a different way to interact with the environment. A panel discussion will be moderated by Professor John Fernández, director of MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative. Reception to follow in Lobby 10.

Apr 23, 2018 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge
Apr 26, 2018 - 6:00pm
Lecture Hall 10-250

This era of massive and acritical diffusion of architecture is transforming our world into an ever-more uniform environment. We now live in a particularly homogenous world overflowing and burdened with an endless reproduction of images detached from any specific context. Too often, we operate absorbing and replicating images, without really focusing in the specificity of life, culture and history.

Increasingly imagetic affinities make us lose the original link that binds us to a place, to an irreproducible frame and plot.

May 3, 2018 - 8:45am
Media Lab, E14, 6th Floor

Housing +
Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism Biennial Conference and Exhibition
May 3-4, 2018

 

May 3, 2018 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

Yolande Daniels is a founding principal, along with Sunil Bald, of the design firm studioSUMO. Since 1995, the work of the practice has revealed common themes and repeating motifs that unite the varied interests of the two partners. Yolande will focus on how her work within their practice has been a platform to explore architectural objects and patterns at multiple scales. This has ranged from the societal patterns that inform the design of objects, to the form of the object, to the patterning of surfaces of objects.