SPRING 2014 LECTURES
Wednesday, March 19, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Intro by Hernan Diaz Alonso
If the work we produced in the last decade operated between architecture and landscape, with an emphasis on landscape urbanism, the more recent work has returned to smaller scale buildings and projects, incorporating lessons learned from landscape but with a stronger emphasis on the specific agency of architecture and the power of the situated object. Architecture can do things landscape cannot; in complex urban settings, the "strategy of the void," while attractive, is finally limiting. Today we are working on in field-like strategies of aggregation, on institutional programs in contemporary urban sites, and designing everyday spaces for working artists.
Stan Allen is an architect working in New York and George Dutton í27 Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. From 2002 to 2012 he was Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton. He holds degrees from Brown University, The Cooper Union and Princeton. His architectural firm SAA/Stan Allen Architect has realized buildings and urban projects in the United States, South America and Asia.
Responding to the complexity of the modern city in creative ways, Stan Allen has developed an extensive catalogue of innovative design strategies, in particular looking at field theory, landscape architecture and ecology as models to revitalize the practice of architecture. Since 2008, he has received 3 P/A Awards and 5 AIA Awards, as well as the John Hejduk Award from the Cooper Union and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work is published in Points + Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City (2001) and his essays in Practice: Architecture, Technique and Representation (2008). His most recent book is Landform Building: Architectureís New Terrain, published in 2011.
Wednesday, March 26, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Itís November 2013. I was just asked to do this. Consequently I have NO IDEA what Iím going to talk about in March. Likely, cats will come up. This is because 1) I have a cat whom I love and who is dying now and may not survive another four months and 2) because Iíve spent the last seven years writing a 27-volume novel called The Familiar, which concerns a cat. In fact, the first volumes are due five days after I give this talk. Itís highly likely then that process will come up a lot. No doubt Iíll be exhausted, damp with thought, more off-kilter than usual ó i.e. impatient and unpleasant. One promise I can make: I usually know how to survive large, complex projects. One promise I canít make: that I wonít just stand up and read a story about a zoo and a particularly dangerous tiger.
Mark Z. Danielewski is the author of the award-winning and bestselling novel House of Leaves, National Book Award finalist Only Revolutions, and The Fifty Year Sword, which was performed on Halloween three years in a row at REDCAT. He is currently finishing the very beginning of The Familiar, a 27-volume novel about a 12-year-old girl who finds a kitten.