Symposium: Not More, Not Less

  • 18 Mar 2011
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Balancing Barn / MVRDV

With regard to its immanent powers, architecture today seems to be both under-challenged and over-charged at the same time. This biomorphic paradigm has reduced architecture’s potential to just dealing with issues concerning geometry, form-making, and manufacturing, whilst depriving it of any political impact. On the other hand, there is a programmatic notion of practice which reduces architecture to a predominantly political project, ignoring the fact that a building must eventually embody its contents through its tectonic and formal definition.

The MAO symposium features four international architects and one architectural critic and curator discussing how they deal with these issues in their work Jacob van Rijs, MVRDV, Rotterdam; Mark Lee, Johnstonmarklee, L.A.; Duncan Lewis, Scape architecture, Bordeaux; Jörg Leeser, BeL, Cologne as well as Philip Ursprung, Chair of Architectural History and Theory, ETH Zurich. The symposium has been curated and will be moderated by Ilka & Andreas Ruby, textbild/RUBY PRESS, Berlin.

For more information on the symposium, click here.

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  • bill

    Ugh, enough with the 2d representations of architecture. Blobs are all shapey, boxes are too boring? Give me a break!

    Real people (architects included) don’t really think like this.

  • Ari Menkowitz

    Can anyone confirm whether the first paragraph of this article makes any sense whatsoever??

    • haley roach

      hahah, exactly my thoughts

  • Valerija

    there is such a house in Lithuania built in 2004.
    so it is not something new.