Introducing: Short Essays on Influential Designers and Thinkers is a collection of eighteen short essays developed by designer and educator David Erdman. The book suggests that short-form writing might serve as a vehicle for architectural discourse to flourish in the 21st century. Noting that a-contextual fragments of information comprise the vast majority of contemporary architecture discourse (critical or otherwise) delivered via ezeens, blogs, instagram and twitter, Erdman uses his essays to illustrate how an iterative approach to short-form writing might be an effective way for architecture to open new contextually grounded critical dialogues.
David Erdman lived, practiced and taught in Hong Kong (at HKU) from 2009-2016. From 2012-2013 he helped to oversee the Public Lecture series in the Department of Architecture. Recognizing the conflicting needs to provide a discursive context with which faculty and students could engage, include a diverse array of thinkers/practitioners, and explore provocative and important themes resonating throughout Hong Kong and the region, Erdman worked with the faculty to organize the series around the work of eighteen architects and three themes; On_Speed, In_Formation and Project_ing, with a wide array of participants from Andrew Bromberg of Aedas to Toyo Ito to Yung Ho Chang to the fine artist Takashi Murakami’s work.
Erdman will be joined in discussion with Dr. Cole Roskam to explore the format, subjects, and thinking behind the book and reflect upon its value (past and present) to the HKU FoA and beyond.
David Erdman is the Chair of Graduate Architecture and Urban Design at Pratt Institute located in Brooklyn, New York. He co-founded two practices servo (from 1999-2006) and davidclovers (from 2006-2016) (now plusClover) where he designed and completed over twenty architectural projects and installations. Each firm received numerous awards and had work exhibited in major exhibitions and collected in museums in North America, Europe and Asia. Erdman is currently working on collaborative research projects examining issues at the intersection of social justice and environmental justice on complex sites in Hong Kong and New York City.
Erdman has taught at UCLA, the University of Hong Kong and Pratt Institute in addition to holding visiting professorships at Yale, Rice and UC Berkeley; among others. He is a recipient of the Rome Prize, has lectured extensively in North America, Europe, Asia, Mexico, Australia, has authored two books, had over fifty essays published in various journals and had works cited in books, newspapers and journals globally.