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conference _ INFORMAL CITIES

Colloquium chair and speaker, in collaboration with and hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, October 24, 2010 (participating speakers: Daniela Fabricius, Jiang Jun, Jesse LeCavalier). The colloquium is prompted by the exhibition Urban China, curated by Jiang Jun who is editor of the China-base magazine of the same name. The event sets out to detect global perspectives on the informal, not bound to a particular geography, economy, or period but, instead, defining the informal/formless city as a condition that is with us everywhere. It implies that the “informal” is always part of that strange environment we call “city.”

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conference _ METROPOLIS

Panel chair at the ACSA West Central Fall Conference Flip your Field, University of Illinois at Chicago, October 21-23, 2010 (speakers included Michael Chen and Jason Lee, Daniela Fabricius, Jesse Le Cavalier, and Neyran Turan).Metropolis Panel

talk _ STRANGER THAN FICTION

Speaker at the Once Upon a Place – International Conference on Architecture and Fiction, on the occasion of the Lisbon Triennial of Architecture, Lisbon, Portugal, October 12, 2010.

article _ TUNING IN: WALTER BENJAMIN BROADCASTING THE CITY

Bruno Taut, Berlin

Review of Radio Broadcasts, 1929-32, by Walter Benjamin, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians,  Multimedia section, #69:2 (June 2010): 262-65.  Continue Reading →

talk _ THEORIEN DER RAUMANSCHAUUNG UND DIE ENTSTEHUNG EINER NEUEN METROPOLE

Lecture at the August Endell: Die Berliner Jahre, Freie Universität Berlin, Kunsthistorisches Institut, April 24, 2010.  Continue Reading →

conference _ CHICAGO IN THE WORLD

Session co-chair in collaboration with Jonathan Mekinda at the Annual SAH Meeting, Chicago, April 22, 2010 (speakers included Penelope Dean, John Harwood, Igor Marjanovic, and Joanna Merwood-Salisbury).  Continue Reading →

talk _ FORMS OF PRACTICE

Invited speaker at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, lecture on the work of Studio Offshore, July 7, 2009.

talk _ FROM URBAN FORMLESSNESS TO INFORMAL PRACTICES: BERLIN, TOKYO, LAGOS

Lecture at the Informal Cities Conference, Royal University College of Fine Arts Stockholm, Sweden, September 6, 2008. Continue Reading →

book _ THE FORMLESS METROPOLIS (DISSERTATION)

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The Formless Metropolis and Its Potent Negativity, University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, Dissertation, 2008.

The dissertation investigates the concept of the “formless” city in the German architectural discourse on the modern Großstadt. It shows how the formless was not only a byproduct of the metropolis and an undercurrent throughout the early twentieth century but that it stimulated the modern architectural discourse and pervaded throughout modernity. Continue Reading →

talk _ SHOPPING FOR A METROPOLITAN ARCHITECTURE: EARLY COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS IN MODERN BERLIN

Lecture at the SAH Annual Meeting (panel: The Limits of Community), Cincinnati, OH, April 24, 2008.

talk _ TRICKSTERS OF MODERNITY: AUTODIDACTIC APPROPRIATIONS IN ARCHITECTURAL VISIONS OF THE METROPOLIS

Lecture at the SAH Annual Meeting (panel: Creative Misreading), Pittsburgh, PA, April 9, 2007. Continue Reading →

article _ VISUAL DISCOVERIES OF AN URBAN WANDERER

Essay “Visual Discoveries of an Urban Wanderer: August Endell’s Perception of a Beautiful Metropolis,” Arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, #11:1 (March 2007): 71-80.

The dissertation, The Formless Metropolis and Its Potent Negativity, was awarded the Graham Foundation Carter Manny Award Trustees’ Merit Citation, 2006.

design _ STUDIO OFFSHORE

Studio Offshore began its collaborative practice in 2006. For more information about design projects visit www.studio-offshore.com.

talk _ ARCHITECTURE IN SEARCH FOR A LANGUAGE OF URBAN RESISTANCE

Invited speaker at the Spiegel Symposium, structured around an exhibition of Barry Le Va, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Philadelphia, PA, March 17-18, 2005 (speakers included David Lewis and Mark Wasiuta, moderated by Detlef Mertins; with keynote lectures by Greil Marcus and Barry Le Va). Continue Reading →

article _ EIN DORF, EIN ORT, EINE LANDSCHAFT

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 12.57.37 AMIntroduction “Ein Dorf, Ein Ort, Eine Landschaft,” to Ralf Schuhmann’s exhibition catalog Endstation Etzweiler (Bonn: Offener Atelier Katalog, 2004).

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