Gabu Heindl | The Publicness of Architecture

Gabu Heindl

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Meeting ID: 910-2489-7131

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HKU Department of Architecture
Fall 2021 Public Lecture Series

Lecture Abstract

Architecture plays an important part in the design of publicness; architecture and planning are themselves public duties. Public space is where democratic societies happen, where democratic processes can take place, it allows for nonroutine occurrences and encounters. Housing, too, could be understood as a public issue, even a public task. However, the notion of publicness differs depending on the history and contextuality of a place. The lecture addresses public competitions, public-private partnerships, bottom-up processes, and urban planning policies around housing and public space.

Biography

Gabu Heindl (PhD) is a Professor for Urbanism at NIT Nuremberg Institute of Technology and a Diploma Unit Master at Architectural Association in London. The work of her Vienna-based practice GABU Heindl Architecture and Urbanism focuses on public space, public buildings, non-market housing and urban justice. Gabu studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Tokyo University and Princeton University (as Fulbright scholar). Author of numerous publications, curator of exhibitions and symposia. Her work has been exhibited at Venice Biennale, Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale, Storefront for Art and Architecture in NY, et al. Recent books include Building Critique. Architecture and its Discontent (eds. G. Heindl, M. Klein, C. Linortner, Leipzig, 2019) and the monograph Stadtkonflikte. Radikale Demokratie in Architektur und Stadtplanung (Vienna, 2020).


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Public Lecture : 'Architecture as an impetus' by Yuko Nagayama 永山祐子 | 28 October | 20:30

Yuko Nagayama 永山祐子

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HKU Department of Architecture
Fall 2021 Public Lecture Series

Lecture Abstract

Architecture is close to us and has a lot to do with us unconsciously. It is a place where we live our ordinary lives and it works as a medium in providing opportunities to foster the relationship between the city and people as well as create various activities for people to communicate with each other.

Architecture generates new experiences and inspirations. This lecture will examine architecture as an impetus through the works of Yuko Nagayama.

Biography

Born in 1975, Yuko Nagayama graduated from Showa Women’s University. After working at Jun Aoki & Associates, she established Yuko Nagayama & Associates in 2002. She received numerous awards and prizes, including JIA Young Architect Award (2014) with “Teshima Yokoo House”, Yamanashi Cultural Prize of Architecture (2017), JCD Design Award, Silver Award (2017), Tokyo Architecture Award, Excellent Prize (2018) with “Goddess of The Forest Central Garden”, Design Award for Light and Lighting and Grand Prize (2021) with “Tamagawa Takashimaya S.C. Grand Patio”. Her other representative works include “Louis Vuitton Kyoto Daimaru” and “a hill on a house” in Tokyo.

Currently, Yuko Nagayama is working on the Japanese Pavilion for Dubai Expo (2021), a high-rise building in Kabukicho, Shinjuku (2022) and Tokyo Torch in Tokiwabashi (2027).


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Public Lecture : 'A Strategic Practice of Urban Design' by Charlotte Malterre-Barthes

Charlotte Malterre-Barthes

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HKU Department of Architecture
Fall 2021 Public Lecture Series

Lecture Abstract

Faced with climate change, fast-paced urbanization, and environmental degradation everywhere, planning disciplines need to be repositioned to serve and address better these challenges. Inscribing her strategic practice within new and interconnected forms of action in the time of the Capitalocene, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes will discuss her projective research, pedagogy, and design approach of architecture and urban design.

Biography

Charlotte Malterre-Barthes is Assistant Professor of Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Principal of the urban design agency OMNIBUS, she holds a PhD from ETH Zurich on the political economy of commodities on the built environment. She co-authored among other books Eileen Gray: A House under the Sun (Nobrow),  Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore (Edition Patrick Frey), Migrant Marseille and Housing Cairo: The Informal Response (Ruby Press), and recently started the initiative ‘A Global Moratorium on New Construction.’ She is a founding member of the Parity Group and Parity Front, networks dedicated to improving equity in architecture. 


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Public Lecture : Revealed by surface

Carlos Bayod Lucini

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HKU Department of Architecture
Fall 2021 Public Lecture Series

Lecture Abstract

What can be revealed through the surface of things? How can we re-discover artifacts through detailed digitization and reproduction? This lecture will discuss the potential of digital technology, particularly close-range 3D scanning, to contribute to the conservation, study and dissemination of cultural elements. For more than a decade, Factum Foundation has developed high-resolution recording systems for the documentation of original artifacts. The obtained data becomes an invaluable source to understand their biography and facilitates the creation of exact facsimiles. The “virtual” inspection of the data and the “physical” experience of the facsimiles disclose new layers of information about the recorded objects, allowing alternative ways of engaging with their complex historical trajectories. A selection of works will be presented to describe the challenges of digital technology as a tool for cultural mediation, as well as projects to show how the act of recording the surface has meant a true revelation.

Biography

Carlos Bayod Lucini is Project Director at Factum Foundation. His work is dedicated to the development and application of digital technology to the preservation of art and cultural heritage. With the Lucida 3D Scanner, he has digitized over 200 paintings and low-relief objects in major museums and archaeological sites around the world. Between 2016 and 2019, he started and taught the Preservation Technology studio under the MS in Historic Preservation program at Columbia University’s GSAPP, and has lectured worldwide. Carlos received a MS in Architecture from the Technical University of Madrid and is a PhD candidate at the Department of Art Theory and History in the Autonomous University of Madrid.


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Public Lecture : 'Speculating about Speculation' by Aric Chen | 30 September | 20:30 | Zoom

Aric Chen 陳伯康

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HKU Department of Architecture
Fall 2021 Public Lecture Series

Lecture Abstract

What is speculative design–and what comes after? Beginning with examples from recent exhibitions curated by the speaker, this lecture will explore different forms, definitions and notions of speculative design; its role in expanding design beyond the parameters of objects and commodities and into the realm of scenarios and social practice; and how it articulates issues of urgency. The rise of speculation in design can arguably be seen as a refutation of the discipline’s longstanding emphasis on problem-solving at a time when it is clear that many of the problems we face as societies and a planet are too complex to be “solved.” But as the urgencies grow, do we have time anymore to simply speculate? The lecture will end by proposing a concept of “enacted speculation” as a potential new field of inquiry and area of practice for cultural institutions.

Biography

Aric Chen is the newly-appointed General and Artistic Director of Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Dutch national museum and institute of architecture, design, and digital culture in Rotterdam. Previously, he was a curator and writer based in Shanghai, where he was Professor and Founding Director of the Curatorial Lab at the College of Design & Innovation at Tongji University. In addition, he served as Curatorial Director for the Design Miami fairs in Miami Beach (US) and Basel (Switzerland), with an edition launching in Shanghai in November 2021. From 2012-2019, Chen was the first Lead Curator for Design and Architecture, and later Curator-at-Large, for M+, the new museum for visual culture opening this year in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District.


This lecture is open to the general public.


*The total number of attendance is limited to 500. First come, First served.


CPD Credit Hours and AIA CES Learning Unit Hours are offered to members of the HKIA and the AIA.


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HKU Department of Architecture | Fall 2021 Public Lecture Series

Fall 2021 Public Lecture Series

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Thursday, September 23, 2021, 8:30pm-9:30pm
Lola Sheppard, Professor, Architecture, University of Waterloo

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 8:30pm-9:30pm
Aric Chen 陳伯康, Artistic Director, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 8:30pm-9:30pm
Carlos Bayod Lucini, Project Director, Factum Foundation

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 8:30pm-9:30pm
Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Assistant Professor of Urban Design, Harvard GSD

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 8:30pm-9:30pm
Yuko Nagayama 永山祐子, Founder, Yuko Nagayama & Associates

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 8:30pm-9:30pm
Gabu Heindl,
Founder, GABU Heindl Architecture


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Lola Sheppard | Undisciplined Practices

Lola Sheppard

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HKU Department of Architecture
Fall 2021 Public Lecture Series

Lecture Abstract

What is the disciplinary field in which we operate today? What are the tools and modes to operate within this field? This lecture would argue for the possibility of undisciplined practices. Not anti-disciplinary, nor necessarily multi-disciplinary, but instead ask how questions may be provoked outside of the discipline, while the methods of response remain within the discipline. Architecture’s entanglement with the environment, economy, and politics should engender new methods of research and design thinking, and new approaches to generating knowledge that moves beyond building as an object and the profession as a service. How can projects emerge at the intersection of research, undisciplined truths and discounted fictions?

Biography

Lola Sheppard is Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and a founding partner, together with Mason White, of Lateral Office, a Toronto-based practice.

Lateral Office’s work operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. The firm is committed to design as a research vehicle to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment, engaging in the wider context and climate of a project—social, ecological, or political. They have been pursuing research and design on the role of architecture and infrastructure in rural and remote regions, particularly the Canadian North, in the past ten years.

Lateral Office has presented at the Venice Biennale (2021), Oslo Triennale (2019), Seoul Biennale (2017), and Chicago Biennale (2015) and was awarded a Special Mention at the 2014 Venice Biennale for Architecture. Lola Sheppard is co-author, together with Mason White, of the books Many Norths: Spatial Practice in a Polar Territory (Actar Publishers 2017) and Pamphlet Architecture 30: COUPLING: Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism (Princeton Architectural Press 2011). Sheppard and White are also co-editors of the journal Bracket.


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Sophia Psarra

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Lecture Abstract

What do the city of Venice, Le Corbusier’s Venice Hospital, Carlo Scarpa’s projects and Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities have in common? Why do many writers think that narrative, fiction and architectures intersections? In this lecture I will explore design techniques that order our experience of time and space in architecture and cities, and their analogical relationships with language, narrative and fiction. In doing so I aim to illustrate that architects, like writers who find a productive analogy between architecture and narrative, can envisage their designs as narrative universes, systems of actual and alternative worlds that question norms of behaviour, social order and experience.

Biography

Professor Sophia Psarra is the author of The Venice Variations, addressing cities and buildings as multi-authored processes of formation alongside individual design intentions. Her book Architecture and Narrative explores the relationships between design conceptualization, narrative and human cognition, and her edited book The Production Sites of Architecture investigates the processes of knowledge production in the design and experience of buildings. She was the convenor of the Parliament Buildings Conference (with the UCL European Institute), a multidisciplinary event exploring the exercise of political power and the parliamentary spaces within which it is mediated. She has collaborated with leading cultural institutions in the UK and the US on the relationships between architecture, exhibition design and visitor experience. Her architectural work has been exhibited internationally in the context of first prizes in EUROPAN competitions and the Venice Biennale (1991). Sophia is the Director of History and Theory PhD programme at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and has taught undergraduate/graduate studios and seminars at The Bartlett, University of Michigan, Cardiff University and the University of Greenwich.


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CPD Credit Hours and AIA CES Learning Unit Hours are offered to members of the HKIA and the AIA.


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Irina Aristarkhova | Architecures of Hospitality

Irina Aristarkhova

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Lecture Abstract

Irina Aristarkhova will present a vision of a welcoming space as a liminal and omnipresent threshold in spaces/senses/interests that enables to repair the rupture between the public and the private, the political and the personal despite cynicisms and oppressions that surround us. Through case studies of “The Living Room” Project created by Lee Mingwei in collaboration with Renzo Piano and situated in the new wing of Gardner Museum in Boston, and Moscow-based projects by Buromoscow, Aristarkhova will argue that spaces of welcome are not set in stone, they rather serve as ripples on water or in the sand of a Zen garden, enacting and (un)folding a being open to heterogeneity. Insisting on bringing architecture back into the interiority of subjective experience as a political gesture, Aristarkhova will show how architectures of hospitality create new effective politics in the middle of fortress-cities and the ruins of empires.


Biography

Irina Aristarkhova was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1969. She is Professor at the Stamps School of Art & Design and the Digital Studies Institute (College of Literature, Science and the Arts), where she serves as the Director of Graduate Studies, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has published widely on the intersection of gender, technology and culture. In her monographs Hospitality of the Matrix: Philosophy, Biomedicine and Culture (Columbia University Press, 2012, Russian translation, 2017) and Arrested Welcome: Hospitality in Contemporary Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2020, online edition at https://manifold.umn.edu/projects/arrested-welcome), Aristarkhova has developed novel feminist approaches to theories and practices of hospitality. Prior to her move to the United States in 2006, she founded and directed the Cyberarts Research Initiative at the National University of Singapore. 


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Douglas Spencer | Architecture: A Habitat for Homo Economicus

Douglas Spencer

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Lecture Abstract

It is often imagined that we should return to nature in order to avert ecological catastrophe, restoring the balance between man and environment upset by industrial and fossil capitalism. But which man? Which environment? What nature? Such questions may seem beside the point given the urgencies of our current conditions of crisis, yet they go to the heart of its origins and causes.

This talk critically engages with the concepts of ‘man’, ‘nature’ and ‘environment’ usually taken as given in ecological and environmental design, especially in relation to the racial, colonial and political economic suppositions embedded within these. Addressing in particular the current convergence of neoliberalism and environmentalism in design, I argue that each is premised on sustaining the figure of homo economicus: an entrepreneurial, opportunist, go-getting, and ultimately unsustainable version of humanity.


Biography

Douglas Spencer is Director of Graduate Education and Pickard Chilton Professor in Iowa State University’s Department of Architecture. He has previously taught at the Architectural Association, the Royal College of Art and the University of Westminster. He has delivered keynote and guest lectures internationally, and contributed essays for publications including LogThe Journal of ArchitectureRadical PhilosophyArchitectural Designe-fluxThe Avery ReviewAA FilesNew Geographies, and Volume. He has also contributed chapters for collections such as Architectural Affects after Deleuze and Guattari (Routledge, 2020), Architecture and Feminisms (Routledge, 2017), Landscape and Agency (Routledge, 2017), This Thing Called Theory (Routledge, 2016) and Architecture Against the Post-Political (Routledge, 2014). His The Architecture of Neoliberalism (Bloomsbury 2016) has become a critically acclaimed, widely-cited, and standard point of reference in the analysis of contemporary architecture. His subsequent book, Critique of Architecture: Essays on Theory, Autonomy, and Political Economy, was published by Birkhäuser/Bauwelt Fundamente in 2021.


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CPD Credit Hours and AIA CES Learning Unit Hours are offered to members of the HKIA and the AIA.


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