Ingeborg Rocker at MOMA symposiumMar 27, 2013
Associate professor Ingeborg M. Rocker will be at MOMA Thursday, March 28, to participate in a day-long event titled “Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light.” In conjunction with an exhibition organized by Barry Bergdoll, the symposium focuses on the 19th-century architect’s innovative use of materials and light in spaces of contemplation and public assembly and the relevance for contemporary culture and architecture.
Rocker will discuss the way the new materials and industrialized fabrication of the period challenged traditional design strategies and the role played by ornament then and now. While Labrouste’s cast iron structures have been considered precursors of modern architecture’s construction principles, it remains to be seen whether today’s computer aided and manufactured architectural components constitute a critique or a hyper-articulation of material and production logics.
Other presenters include Stephen Rustow (Cooper Union), Neil Levine, (HU FAS), Dominique Perrault, Anthony Vidler, (Cooper Union), Mario Carpo, (Yale University) and Aranda Lash.
Learn more about the symposium.