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With Todd Gannon (Author, Figments Of The Architectural Imagination), Lydia Kallipoliti (Architect), Michael Young (Architect).
Tue, Oct 04 @ 12:00 PM   FREE   Cooper Union Foundation Bldg, East 7th St
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Gannon discusses his collection of essays, Figments of the Architectural Imagination

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Architect, critic, & historian Todd Gannon is joined by School of Architecture faculty Lydia Kallipoliti & Michael Young to discuss his collection of essays, Figments of the Architectural Imagination (AR+D, 2022).

Gathering twenty essays written over twenty years, Figments of the Architectural Imagination explores the frontiers of speculative architectural design, theory, & pedagogy to offer clear-eyed & incisive treatments of some of the most important projects, practices, & polemics at work making contemporary architecture contemporary.

These sharp & insightful texts, whether addressing the impact of digital technology, the design of an effective hotel, the emergence of the Los Angeles vanguard, or the proper execution of a thesis project, combine frontline reportage, archival scholarship, trenchant prose, & impressive critical acumen to cut through the cacophony of recent architectural discourse with uncommon clarity, intelligence, rigor, & wit.

Taken together, these essays provide essential orientation for practitioners, academics, students, & afficionados hoping to understand how contemporary architecture came to be where it is & to speculate on where it might go next.

Todd Gannon is professor of architecture at the Knowlton School at The Ohio State University. His books include Figments of the Architectural Imagination, Reyner Banham & the Paradoxes of High Tech, The Light Construction Reader, A Confederacy of Heretics (co-edited with Ewan Branda), & monographs on Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, Morphosis, Eric Owen Moss, Mack Scogin/Merrill Elam Architects, Bernard Tschumi, & UN Studio.

Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer & scholar. She holds a Diploma in Architecture & Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), a SMArchS in design & building technology from M.I.T, as well as a Master of Arts & a PhD from Princeton University. Her research focuses on the intersections of architecture, technology & environmental politics & more particularly on recycling material experiments, theories of waste & reuse, as well as closed & self-reliant systems & urban environments.

Michael Young is an architect & educator practicing in New York City where he is a founding partner of the architectural design studio Young & Ayata. Young & Ayata have received the Progressive Architecture award, the Design Vanguard Award, the Young Architects Prize, & a first-place prize for the design of the Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany. Their work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art-New York, the Istanbul Modern, the Graham Foundation, SCI-Arc & Princeton University. Michael has published numerous essays & the books The Estranged Object (Graham Foundation, 2015) & Reality Modeled After Images (Routledge, 2021). He was the 2019-20 Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

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