GSD Talks: Cambridge Talks VI: “Over, Under, On: Architecture and the Earth”

Cambridge Talks is an annual spring conference sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning at Harvard University, dedicated to the exploration of interdisciplinary topics that engage issues of space.
8:30 Breakfast & Coffee
9:00 Greeting
Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design
9:05 Opening Remarks
Over: Architecture and Atmosphere
9:15 Introduction
9:30 “Fashioning Apollo: The Intimate, Infinite, and Integer Spaces of a Military-Industry Midcentury” Nicolas deMonchaux, University of California, Berkeley
10:00 “Atmospheres of Trade”
David Gissen, California College of the Arts 
10:30 “Mission Galactic Household: Feedback Systems from Outer Space Down to Earth”
Lydia Kallipoliti, The Cooper Union
11:00 Discussion
Michael Hays, Harvard University
Under: Architecture and Geology
11:45 Introduction
12:00 “Crushing, Scraping & Ripping: Architecture’s Move Towards Geology”
Martin Bressani, McGill University
12:30 “From the Picturesque Grotto to the Thermodynamic Sublime”
Iñaki Abalos, Principal, Abalos + Sentkiewicz Architects
1:00 Discussion
Antoine Picon, Harvard Graduate School of Design
On: Architecture and Topography
2:45 Introduction
3:00 “Bleu Outremer: Geographic Displacement in Le Corbusier’s Urbanism”
Hashim Sarkis, Harvard Graduate School of Design
3:30 “Disappearing as a Design Strategy”
Tobias Putrih, Artist
4:00 “The Anticrisis”
John May, University of Toronto
4:30 Discussion
Eve Blau, Harvard University
Cambridge Talks VI; Over, Under, On: Architecture and the Earth is generously supported by Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Harvard Graduate Student Council, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the GSD PhD Talks Program.
Organized by Peter Christensen and Marrikka Trotter.
Special Thanks to Antoine Picon, Michael Hays, Barbara Elfman.
Poster Design by Marrikka Trotter and Peter Christensen.

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