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"COSMO Gardens as Urbanism" with Andrés Jaque, Office for Political Innovation, New York

Tue, Nov 10/15 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Room 103, 230 College Street

The city, the domestic, the infrastructural and the natural have been seen as independent realms, and architecture as the science to keep them apart. It is time for a change. Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation explore what is the architecture that can succeed on ensambling them all. The talk will include projects like COSMO (MoMA PS1), ESCARAVOX, or Never Never Land.

Andrés Jaque, architect of the ETSAM and Alfred Toepfer Stiftung’s Tessenow Stipendiat, is Professor of Advanced Architectural Design at the Columbia University GSAPP and Visiting Professor at Princeton University SoA. He is the founder of the Office for Political Innovation, a Madrid/New York based architectural practice, author of awarded projects including ‘COSMO, MoMA PS1’, ‘Plasencia Clergy House’, ‘House in Never Never Land’, ‘TUPPER HOME’ or ‘ESCARAVOX’. They have been awarded with the SILVER LION to the Best Research Project at the 14th Venice Biennale, with the MoMA PS1 YAP 2015, the Dionisio Hernández Gil Award, and selected as one of the ten designers office of the year by Architectural Record.

Their project ‘IKEA Disobedients’ is the first architectural performance ever included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, and it is part of a series of architectural experiments intended to explore design from the perspective of post-foundational politics: ‘Sweet Urbanism’ –MAK Vienna 2013-, ‘SUPERPOWERS OF TEN’  -Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2013-, ‘Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool’ -RED CAT CalArts Center for Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles 2013-, ‘Hänsel & Gretel’s Arenas’ -La Casa Encendida, Madrid 2012-, ‘PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society’-Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona 2012-, ‘SWEET PARLIAMENT HOME’ -Gwangju Biennale, South Korea 2010-, ‘Skin Gardens’ –BAC Barcelona 2009 or ‘FRAY HOME HOME’ -Biennale di Venezia 2010.

They have published PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society, Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool, Dulces Arenas Cotidianas or Everyday Politics; and their work has being included in the most important media, including A+U, Bauwelt, Domus, El Croquis, The Architectural Review, Volume or The New York Times; and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art MoMA, London Design Museum, MAK in Vienna, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, RED CAT Cal Arts Contemporary Art Center in Los Angeles, Z33 in Hasselt, Schweizerisches Architektur Museum in Basel, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine de Paris, the Hellerau Festspielhaus in Dresden, Princeton University SoA.


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