Friday, February 25, 2011

ghost lab 13: summer conference

foregoing the usual design-build workshop this year, brian mackay-lyons plans to replace this year's project with a huge gathering of the minds. a 4-day seminar packed full of lectures, discussions and ideas about architecture & material culture, this year's visit to the ghost laboratory promises to be an extraordinary event. below is the list of guests participating in the "resistance movement" of architecture:

Keynote Speakers

Kenneth Frampton, New York

Juhani Pallasmaa, Finland


Deborah Berke, New York

Marlon Blackwell, Arkansas

Wendell Burnette, Arizona

Ted Flato, San Antonio

Andrew Freear, Alabama

Vincent James, Minnesota

Rick Joy, Arizona

Francis Kéré, Berlin and Burkina Faso

Richard Kroeker, Nova Scotia

Tom Kundig, Seattle

Brian MacKay-Lyons, Nova Scotia

Patricia Patkau, Vancouver

Dan Rockhill, Kansas

Brigitte Shim, Toronto

Peter Stutchbury, Sydney


Peter Buchanan, London

Tom Fisher, Minnesota

Robert McCarter, St. Louis


Essy Baniassad, Hong Kong

Robert Ivy, Washigton, D.C.

Christine Macy, Nova Scotia

we'll be anxiously awaiting any coverage of the events--this blogger has decided to decline in order to take exams for that magical piece of paper called an Architect's license.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

lecture at CU Denver

Craig Curtis, principal architect from the Miller/Hull Partnership will be speaking about his firm's Public Works next Monday evening [6.00 PM Feb. 28th] at the MBA Suite at CU Denver Architecture building.

As an admirer of their work for some time now, this is a much anticipated presentation especially after our visit to the pacific northwest a couple years ago.

Conibear Shellhouse at the University of Washington

See you there.

[props to the schuster for the heads up]

Monday, February 21, 2011

think being an architect is difficult?

bruce mau tells us to THINK AGAIN:

"...Is it really difficult being an architect in America? It’s difficult to be a female intellectual in Kandahar. It’s difficult to raise a family living on waste products in the garbage dumps of China. It’s difficult to find your way as a child in Malawi, where the infection rate of HIV/AIDS is 17 percent, having already wiped out a generation of mothers and fathers. It’s difficult to overcome drug addiction from the quicksand of poverty and incarceration in America’s overpopulated prisons. These conditions are difficult. Being an architect is not difficult.

So, really, are we going to listen to another gripe about how difficult it is to be an architect today? No, we are not. If you are a student at Harvard, or a practicing architect, you are the privileged 1 percent. That’s right—1 percent. I’m not talking about 1 percent of college graduates, but 1 percent of humanity. Less than 1 percent of the world has experienced the power of higher education..."

definitely a re-loaded perspective...

click HERE for the full article.