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LECTURES: Wed, November 28, 2012

Neil Denari: Facticity

Wednesday, November 28, 7pm
W. M. Keck Lecture Hall

Intro by Eric Owen Moss

Facticity is used to describe two fundamental aspects of the work of NMDA: the precision of its material life, both built and virtual, and its intentional conceptual open-endedness (i.e. that in direct contrast to the finitude of this precision, facticity also refers to phenomena that resist explanation).

Between facthood (indisputable facts) and ideality (an unobtainable pristine condition), the term captures a rather radical spectrum of intellectual and visual speculation that makes architecture believable as a functioning experiment. For an office that is obsessed with finish and clarity, of a sort of graphic immediacy, NMDA are also equally fascinated by and strive to make work that resists immediate gratification.

Neil Denari is an architect and principal of Neil M. Denari Architects, a globally recognized architecture practice based in Los Angeles. He received his M.Arch from Harvard University and his B.Arch from the University of Houston. He is currently a Professor at UCLA. Among his numerous awards, in 2011 Denari received the Los Angeles AIA Gold Medal, and in 2009 he was given a California Council Fellowship from the United States Artists organization.

At present, his office is engaged with projects of various scales in the U.S. and Asia. Denari is the author of two bestselling books, Interrupted Projections (TOTO, 1996) and Gyroscopic Horizons (Princeton, 1999), and is currently at work on Facticity, forthcoming in 2013.

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