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Michael Sorkin receives the 2019 AIA Collaborative Achievement Award

Hilary Huckins-Weidner

“The Collaborative Achievement Award recognizes the excellence that results when architects work with those from outside the profession to improve the spaces where people live and work.”

Full announcement: www.aia.org/michael-sorkin

Jury: Katie Wilson, AIA (Chair); Mark Chambers; Curtis Fentress, FAIA; Stephanie Herring, Assoc. AIA; Margaret Montgomery, FAIA.

More information:
Architect Magazine
World Architecture Community

Deen Sharp at the 2018 MESA Annual Meeting

Hilary Huckins-Weidner

Terreform Co-director Lecture at MIT

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Terreform co-director and AKPIA MIT post-doctoral fellow, Deen Sharp lecture “Lebanon and the Fog of Reconstruction: Between the Future and Survival” published by MIT Architecture (video).

Abstract:
Reconstruction of the built environment is often tied to the end of war and the start of a post-conflict period but this link maybe misplaced. Reconstruction can also result in violence, displacement and social discord that is more commonly associated with the built environment’s destruction. To comprehend how reconstruction can be violent and tied to conflict, it is integral to recognize that war is not only about the destruction of the built environment. Construction and the control of mobility, in particular within urban areas, can be utilized to impose violence on others. To disrupt the link between reconstruction and post-war periods, I provide an account of Lebanon's so-called post-war reconstruction that highlights the sediments of the Civil War within it and how this process sustained certain forms of conflict. The vast reconstruction led by, and formed around, the urban development corporation Solidere in downtown Beirut I contend was not aimed at rebuilding a social contract or establishing a post-conflict era rather it was part of an accumulation of social power by one faction over others. The lesson of the Lebanese reconstruction is that rebuilding can be play a central part in maintaining conflict rather than creating a new social contract to work toward efforts to sustain peace. The link between reconstruction and post-conflict eras should not be automatically assumed but rather understood as something that needs to be forged.

Vyjayanthi Rao on architecture research in a globalized world

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Last month, Terreform co-director Vyjayanthi Rao was invited to take part of “Global Demands: Architecture Research in a Globalized World” held at Architekturzentrum Wien.

Whether in the sphere of architecture critique or on the market of speculative real estate investment, architecture is increasingly becoming the subject of global circulation.

For contemporary architecture production this presents numerous challenges: How can we do justice to the complexities of global dynamics as well as very local peculiarities in our work?  Where do we start when the issue is alternative approaches to spatial renewal? The two architecture researchers Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer have invited fellow participants in their international projects to discuss these questions and to develop perspectives for the future.

Guests:

Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, University of California San Diego

Rahul Mehrotra, Harvard GSD

Vyjayanthi Rao, Terreform, New York

Irit Rogoff, Goldsmiths, London

AbdouMaliq Simone, Max Planck Institute, Göttingen

Moderated by: Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer, Vienna University of Technology

Conference in full can be viewed: Centre for Global Architecture

Launch of Spaces of Disappearance at Center for Architecture

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To date, dozens of political histories, participant autobiographies, journalistic accounts, and academic investigations have addressed the many aspects of the War on Terror. Urban Research’s (UR) latest book, Spaces of Disappearance: The Architecture of Extraordinary Rendition by architectural researcher and educator Jordan H. Carver, adds to the national conversation and reckoning with torture by providing an in-depth analysis of the US’s secret network of black site prisons as a project of architectural production.

From the book’s introduction by architectural historian and theorist Felicity D. Scott: “Reflecting back on this recent history of violence through a critical architectural lens, Carver articulates a compelling conceptual and evidentiary terrain and an ethico-political framework through which to return not just to the war in Iraq but also to that in Afghanistan and the even more nebulous War on Terror.

On September 21, the Center for Architecture welcomed Carver for a conversation with Laura Pitter, Senior National Security Counsel at Human Rights Watch and Amrit Singh of the Open Society Justice Initiative. The conversation was moderated by Reinhold Martin, Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP.