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Thu 06.19.2014

Postcard Identity | Esoteric Landmarks


When: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM THURSDAY, JUNE 19

Where: At The Center   

In the age of social media and information, what are the iconic images of a city and the buildings that populate it? Does the propagation of architectural imagery, the collective image of a place, affect the conceptualization of a building and play a role in urban planning? What are the esoteric and the iconic landmarks of our times? How has the architectural travel journal evolved through the use of social media to record our findings, explorations, and experiences? Has the civic identity of a city, its planning, and its architecture evolved through a changing lens?

Moderator :
Joseph Giovannini,
New York Architectural Critic and founder of Giovannini Associates

Matthias Hollwich, SBA,
Principal, HWKN, Co-founder of ARCHITIZER
Kurt Kohlstedt,
Founder, WebUrbanist, blogger –
Thomas de Zengotita,  Professor, Draper Graduate Program, NYU, and the Dalton School
Albert Vecerka, Photographer, ESTO group

Mr. Giovannini heads his own design practice and has written on architecture and design for three decades for such publications as The New York Times, Architectural Record, Art in America, Art Forum and Architecture Magazine. He has also served as the architecture critic for New York Magazine and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. Published design projects have appeared in Architectural Digest, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The New York Times, A + U, Domus, House and Garden, GA Houses, Architekur und Wohnen, Sites, and Interior Design. He holds a Masters in Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Giovannini has taught advanced and graduate studios at Columbia University‘ s Graduate School of Architecture, UCLAs Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, the University of Southern California School of Architecture, and at the University of Innsbruck. His projects have ranged from the adaptive reuse of a large trucking facility into lofts to house additions and apartment interiors. A graduate of Yale University, where he did his B.A. in English, he also holds a Master of Arts degree in French Language and Literature from La Sorbonne, Paris, Middlebury College Program.

Matthias Hollwich is a registered European Architect and co-founder of HWKN. As Principal in Charge, Matthias leads the creative design process and oversees all design development firm wide.
Under his leadership, HWKN has grown from a 2-person firm to a high-design architectural office of 25. As an architectural visionary, the most iconic projects realized to-date include Wendy, the design that won the prestigious MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in 2012, and the Fire Island Pines Pavilion - both of which received overwhelming responses from the communities and the media.
Before cofounding HWKN, Matthias worked at OMA in Rotterdam, Eisenman Architects and Diller+Scofidio in New York City. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been the creator of an international conference on aging and architecture: New Aging, held in the fall of 2010 at UPENN. His work has been featured in Wallpaper*, The New York Times, Bauwelt, Dwell, and Architectural Digest. He has been a speaker at TEDx East, TEDx Atlanta and the PICNIC conference in Amsterdam.

Kurt Kohlstedt is the founder and executive editor of WebUrbanist, a popular online publication covering both conceptual and realized urban art, architecture and design with over 65,000,000 visitors to date. Much of its content addresses the intersection of built environments and new technologies. After graduating from Carleton College in 2002 with a B.A. in Philosophy, Kurt worked in a variety of design-related fields – including graphic, industrial, architectural and theatrical – before pursuing a M.Arch degree from the University of Washington, completed in 2007 with a focus on urban design.
Interested in new forms of digital communication and fresh design concepts, Kurt started WebUrbanist while finishing his thesis on urban abandonments and adaptive reuse. He subsequently founded a series of web publications including WebEcoist, Dornob and Gajitz.
Currently based in Minneapolis, Kurt frequently travels to attend events and speak on topics ranging from contemporary urbanism to web journalism. He has previously lived in Germany and Australia with recent trips taking him to cities and conferences in Mexico, China and New Zealand. In 2012, he gave the keynote address at the IAA Highlands & Islands Awards for Architecture near Inverness, Scotland, and has just returned from the 2014 MacroCity conference on urban infrastructure in San Francisco.

Thomas de Zengotita holds a BA, MA, and PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University. His interests include phenomenology, ethics, media theory, and modern intellectual history. He was contributing editor at Harper's magazine and has blogged for the Huffington Post. Recent publications include "Ethics and Limits of Evolutionary Psychology" in The Hedgehog Review, Spring 2013; “Modernism Revisited: Artistic Works, Academic Disciplines, Divided Minds” in Logos, Fall 2011; “On the Politics of Pastiche and Depthless Intensities: The Case of Barack Obama” in The Hedgehog Review, Spring 2011. “Reframing Your World” in Harper's, June 2009. “Believing Whatever” in The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 2005; “Watching Yourself Steal Cars” in Current, The Los Angeles Times, November 05; "Attack of the Superzeroes in Harper's, December 2004; "The Romance of Empire" in Harper's, July 2003; "Tune in, Turn on" in Harper's, November 2003; "Common Ground" in Harper's, December 2002 “On Wittgenstein's 'Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough'" in Cultural Anthropology 4:4 1991.
He is currently at work on two books called A History of Postmodernism and A Phenomenology of Human Rights.
His book, Mediated, won the 2006 Marshall McLuhan Award.

Albert Vecerka studied both architecture and photography and uses his strong understanding of each to portray space and light through the element of time in still imagery and video. A native of the former-Yugoslavia, Vecerka moved to New York in 1992. He received a BS in Architecture from City College in 1997. The following year, he began to concentrate on photography, working as an assistant and on his own. Albert taught photography at Parsons School of Design and The Cooper Union. Currently he teaches architectural photography at City College and is actively involved with documentation of the school’s Solar Decathlon Project. Several recent projects that Albert photographed have been widely published and distributed. Among these are Weiss/Manfredi's Visitors Center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, their Hunters Point South Park and Rogers Architects' Henderson Hopkins School in Baltimore.
About the ESTO group: Ezra Stoller (1915-2004), the dean of American architectural photographers, founded Esto to provide production and back-up services for his own work. He studied architecture in the 1930s and turned his attention to photography while he was still in school. For nearly 50 years, in the middle decades of the 20th Century, Stoller documented important Modern architecture. The strength of Esto grows from his understanding of space and light and his ability to translate three dimensional concepts into strong images.

about Global Dialogues's (dis)covered Identities
The AIANY Global Dialogues Committee's 2014 theme, (dis)covered Identities, aims to explore ways by which cultures, cities, and voices define or refine their identity through a global exchange of ideas and conversations covering multiple topics, perspectives, and trends of our time.

Organized by: AIANY Global Dialogues Committee
: Free

Sponsored by:
American Standard

This pro­gram is presented in conjunction with  The Lance Jay Brown, FAIA AIANY Chapter 2014 pres­i­den­tial theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision” 

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