Conversations on Architecture and Land in and out of the Americas

This year, the Buell Center is hosting a series of conversations among scholars, designers, and cultural producers whose work clarifies architecture's imbrications with land in the Americas. This plural, Americas, helps decenter the concept of "American Architecture" in two ways: by connecting building practices across the Western Hemisphere, and by recognizing that there are several Americas within the United States.

Not too long ago, "American Architecture" was an unambiguous formulation, but today there is clearly no such single cultural product. If "land" seems especially ripe for architectural rethinking, then, it is because it has given many permission to think about history in grand metaphorical terms: that America was built like a building, as one thing, in one place. Undoing this myth is no easy task, however. We will privilege stories and projects that reveal the highly technical ways these landed imaginaries continue to affect how the built environment is designed and inhabited.

Soil, Land, Fill  October 20th, 12–1:30pm Seth Denizen (Princeton University) Linda F. Chavez Baca (JGMA) with Catherine Fennell (Columbia University) Architecture, Land, Ground October 27th, 12–1:30pm Tatiana Bilbao (Tatiana Bilbao Estudio) Michael Meredith (MOS Architects) with Gary Leggett (Leggett & Cahuas) Building, Land, Coal December 8th, 12–1:30pm Zeynep Çelik Alexander (Columbia University) Aleksandr Bierig (University of Chicago) with Jonathan Levy (University of Chicago) Land, Law, Labor January 27th, 12–1:30pm   Brenna Bhandar (University of British Columbia) Mabel Wilson (Columbia University) These events will be held in person for a limited number of Columbia affiliates with "Green Passes" per University COVID-19 protocol. Please email to RSVP. For all others, the events will be livestreamed on the GSAPP YouTube page here.

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