Architecture Without Content

9. The Difficult Double

The culture of architecture is based on misunderstandings and tweaked stories. Bad reading, simplification and superficial interpretation of something far away, both in space and time, has been the engine of quite many of the avant-gardes of the recent past. 

For this course we invited a generation of architects to confront themselves with their ‘ancestors’. Each of the authors was asked to show an appropriated fragment of cultural history. Both author and fragment compose a ‘double portrait’, a ‘difficult duo’ that tells more about the project of the one invited than a simple office presentation would do. The totality of these micro stories will inevitably create an alternative history, an accumulated set of cultural knowledge.

0. Pascal Flammer / Kazuo Shinohara

Tu 5.11.2013, 6.30 pm

Pascal Flammer was born in Fribourg in 1973 and
studied architecture at the Ethz Zurich, Epfl Lausanne
and TU Delft. He opened his own practice in 2005.

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1. Pier Paolo Tamburelli / Mckim, Mead & White

Mo 17.2.2014, 6.30 pm 

Pier Paolo Tamburelli was born in Tortona in 1976.
He studied architecture at the Genoa University
and at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. In 2004
he founded Baukuh together with other 5 partners.
Baukuh won international competitions, built two
residential buildings in Tirana and is currently completing
a museum in Milan. In 2010 he was among the
founding members of San Rocco, a renowned magazine
about architecture. He is currently teaching at the Milan
Politecnico.

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2. Martino Tattara (Dogma) / Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Mo 24.2.2014, 6.30 pm

Martino Tattara is a practicing architect and the
head of research and teaching at ETH Studio Basel.
After graduating at the Iuav in Venice, he obtained
a postgraduate Master degree at the Berlage Institute
in Rotterdam and a PhD at Iuav in Venice. Before
joining ETH Studio Basel he has taught for several
years at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and was
visiting professor at the University in Cagliari. In 2002,
together with Pier Vittorio Aureli, he founded Dogma.

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3. Bas Princen / Luigi Ghirri

Mo 24.3.14, 6.30 pm

Bas Princen was born in Zeeland in 1975. He studied
architecture at the AIVE in Eindhoven and at the Berlage
Institute in Rotterdam, before dedicating almost completely
to photography. So far, he has been publishing several
books, while exhibiting in prestigious institutions all over
the world. In 2010, the Venice Biennale awarded him the
Silver Lion for a work with Office Kersten Geers David
van Severen. He is currently based between Rotterdam
and Singapore.

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4. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Atelier Bow-Wow) / Robert Venturi

Mo 17.3.14, 6:30 pm

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto was born in Kanagawa in 1965. He
graduated at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, then studied
in Belleville and completed a PhD in Tokyo. He has been
teaching at GSD Harvard and UCLA. Since 2000, he is
associate professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. In
1992, together with Momoyo Kaijima, he established

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5. Jan de Vylder (architecten de vylder vinck tailleu) / Eric Owen Moss

Tu 25.3.2013, 6:30 pm

Jan de Vylder was born in Sint Niklaas in 1968. He studied
architecture at Sint-Lucas in Ghent. In 2000 he established
an office with Trice Hofkens, and since 2010 he is working
together with Inge Vinck and Jo Tallieu. He has been teaching
at the Sint-Lucas School for Science and Art in Brussels, at
TU Delft and at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio.

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6.  Point Supreme / Elia Zenghelis

Mo 31.3.14, 6:30 pm

Point Supreme Architects was founded in Rotterdam in
2007 by Konstantinos Pantazis and Marianna Rentzou
and is now based in Athens. During 2009-2010 they were
joined by Beth Hughes. Kostantinos and Marianna studied
architecture at the National Technical University of Athens.
Kostantinos studied at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam,
while Marianna completed a Master at the Bartlett in London.
They both worked for MVRDV and OMA. They are currently
teaching at Patras University.

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7. Sam Jacob (FAT Architecture) / John Soane

Mo 7.4.14, 6.30 pm 

Sam Jacob was a principal in FAT, first established in London
in 1990. He has taught and lectured at universities in Europe
and the US including Yale and the Architectural Association.
He is currently Professor of Architecture at University of Illinois,
Chicago and Director of Night School at the AA. He writes 
Strangeharvest.com and is architecture editor of Contemporary,
a columnist for the Architects Journal, and contributes to
magazines and journals including Icon, Art Review, Frieze,
Metropolis and Log.

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8. Mark Lee (JohnstonMarklee) / Frank O. Gehry

Tu 25.3.2013, 6:30 pm

Mark Lee is a graduate of the University of Southern California
where he earned a B.A. in Architecture. He earned his second
architectural degree at the Harvard Design School. In 1998 he
founded Johnston Marklee together with Sharon Johnston. The
firm is based in Los Angeles and has garnered many notable
awards including Progressive Architecture Design Awards, AIA
Los Angeles & AIA California Council Honor Awards, American
Architecture Award, and an AR Award for Emerging Architecture.
He sits on the advisory board of Depart Foundation.

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9. Bijoy Jain (Studio Mumbai)/ Louis Kahn

Mo 5.52104, 6.30 pm

Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai in 1965. He received his M. Arch
from Washington University in St Louis, USA in 1990. He worked
in Richard Meier office at Los Angeles and London between 1989
and 1995. He returned to India in 1995 and founded his own firm
Studio Mumbai. His works have been presented in many venues
including the Alvar Alto Symposium and the Architectural League
of New York. He was also a finalist in the Agha Kahn Awards 2010
Cycle.

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10. Frida Escobedo/ Alvaro Siza

Mo 12.5.2014, 6:30 pm

Frida Escobedo has a degree in architecture and urbanism from
the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Recently she
finished her Master in Art, Design and the Public Domain at GSD
Harvard. In 2003 she founded with Alejandro Alarcón the studio
‘Perro Rojo’. Since 2006 she has been working as an independent
architect. From 2007 to 2010 she was teaching at the Universidad 
Iberoamericana in Mexico City. In 2012 her work was represented
in the Mexican Pavilion at the Biennale in Venice and at the
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, in San Francisco

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