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The public program of talks and lectures for the fall of 2022 has been announced by the Department of Architecture and Urban Design (AUD) at UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLA Arts). As the public program resumes its customary in-person format, Perloff Hall at AUD and the IDEAS campus will be welcoming to visitors from UCLA and beyond. Please check aud.ucla.edu for updates, especially if new events are added to the schedule, as all event details are subject to change.
AUD’s fall 2022 public program includes:
Monday, October 3, 6:30pm
Ashes & Diamonds, a new winery and event center in Napa; Blackbirds, a new small-lot housing development in Echo Park; and a variety of form-driven homes, museum exhibitions, and retail projects, including an upcoming exhibition at LACMA, are just a few of the award-winning designs created by Barbara Bestor and her LA-based Bestor Architecture. She oversees Woodbury University’s Julius Shulman Institute as its director. By extending the realm of architecture into atmospheric urbanism, Bestor has produced a collection of work that is diverse, imaginative, and artistically advanced.
Symposium: Decolonizing Regionalism
Friday, October 7, 9am–4pm
Organizers: Ayala Levin, Architecture and Urban Design, University of California, Los Angeles; Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió, Urban Studies and Planning, UC San Diego
On behalf of the UCHRI Multicampus Working Group Decolonizing Regionalism 2021–22
The “region” is a usefully ambiguous phrase that encompasses ideas of geography, ecology, economy, planning, and governance. It stands somewhere between the scale of the site and the scale of the territory. What impact does this particular enclosure have on historical processes of colonial and decolonial upheaval, both for the spaces and knowledges it encompasses? What might critical spatial histories of regionalism—and vice versa—contribute to decoloniality theorizations? What are we to make of it as an expert tool, particularly in discourses about development for the so-called global South? This symposium will review regionalism as a complex and contentious discourse that spans geopolitical interactions, economic structures, racial and ethnic social formations, ecological processes, and a wide range of technological specialties.
Book launch: Todd Gannon, Figments of the Architectural Imagination
Monday, October 17, 6:30pm
At The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School, Todd Gannon teaches architecture. His works include A Confederacy of Heretics, Et in Suburbia Ego: José Oubrerie’s Miller House, The Light Construction Reader, and Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech (with Ewan Branda). Figments of the Architectural Imagination, a collection of twenty essays written over a twenty-year period, pushes the boundaries of speculative architectural design, theory, and pedagogy in order to provide insightful and incisive analyses of some of the most significant projects, practices, and polemics that are contributing to the contemporary nature of architecture. With rare clarity, intelligence, rigor, and wit, sharp and perceptive texts break through the clamor of current architectural discourse by combining frontline reporting, archival study, trenchant prose, and impressive critical acumen.
Wednesday, October 19, 6:30pm
With the use of historical investigation and creative speculating, Germane Barnes’ renowned research and design studio, Studio Barnes, explores the relationship between identity and building. He investigates how the built environment affects black domesticity by examining the social and political agency of architecture. At the University of Miami School of Architecture, Barnes is also an assistant professor and the director of the Community Housing & Identity Lab (CHIL). Barnes received numerous awards last year, including the 2021 Architectural League Prize, the 2021 Wheelwright Prize, and the 2021–2022 Rome Prize in Architecture. His work has been displayed at a range of worldwide institutions and venues.
Enrique Walker: Open Work
Monday, November 7, 6:30pm
Enrique Walker is an architect and has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where he also directed the Master of Science program in Advanced Architectural Design from 2008 to 2018, as well as at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, and Tokyo Institute of Technology. His publications include The Ordinary: Recordings (New York: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2018), The Dictionary of Received Ideas / Under Constraint (Santiago: Ediciones ARQ, 2017), Lo Ordinario (Barcelona: Editorial Gustavo Gili, 2010), and Tschumi on Architecture: Conversations with Enrique Walker (New York: The Monacelli Press, 2006).
Monday, November 14, 6:30pm
Alper Derinboaz (MArch II ’08) explores the potential connections between space and time in order to better understand the possibilities of the physical world. His design strategy relies heavily on the significance of comprehending the context of the function or location through his Istanbul-based company, Salon. His designs so range in size from installations to museums with the goal of exposing and challenging the essential ideas of each location and theme. Derinboaz has received numerous accolades, recognitions, and honors on a global scale. Most recently, he was selected as one of ArchDaily’s Best Young Practices in 2020 and one of The European Architecture Center’s “Europe 40 Under 40” in 2019. His book Geospaces: Architecture as New Nature was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome as part of the Reading Room Installation in 2021.
Lunchtime talks: NOMAS at UCLA
Thursday, November 17, 12pm
A panel conversation among members of the AUD student chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students.
Book launch and panel discussion: Hina Jamelle, Under Pressure
Monday, November 21, 6:30pm
At the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design, where she also serves as the director of urban housing and teaches final-year Graduate Option Studios, Hina Jamelle teaches architectural design. In order to present her new book Under Pressure, which examines instigation and design in urban housing, Jamelle will be appearing with AUD’s Kutan Ayata, Neil Denari, and Georgina Huljich. Under Pressure is a multi-disciplinary amalgam of research and design intelligence from thought leaders in the fields of architecture, real estate, economics, policy, material design, and finance.