Introducing Pairs 01: Giovanna Borasi in Conversation with the Founding Editors

Cover of the Pairs 01 publication, showing a collage of many images.

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Event Description

Join us to celebrate the launch of Pairs, a new student-led journal at the GSD. The founding editors will introduce the inaugural issue, which will be followed by a conversation with Giovanna Borasi, Director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, on beginnings in curation and publishing.

Pairs is a journal dedicated to conversations about design that are down to earth and unguarded. Each issue is conceptualized by an editorial team that proposes guests and objects to be in dialogue with one another. Pairs is non-thematic, meant instead for provisional thoughts and ideas in progress. Each issue seeks to organize a diversity of threads and concerns that are perceived to be relevant to our moment.

Pairs 01 features the voices of:
Mark Bavoso, Alexandra Bell, Tatiana Bilbao, Jennifer Bonner, Michelle Chang, Nicolás Delgado Alcega, Teresa Galí-Izard, Vladimir Gintoff, Christopher Hawthorne, Kimberley Huggins, Kahlil Joseph, Linda Just, Paul Nakazawa, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Piet Oudolf, Robert Gerard Pietrusko, Jacob Reidel, Oana Stănescu, Pier Paolo Tamburelli, Günther Vogt, Thomas Weaver, Sarah M. Whiting, Kyle Winston, and Sara Zewde.

Pairs 01 Editorial Team: Mark Bavoso, Nicolás Delgado Alcega, Vladimir Gintoff, Kimberley Huggins, Linda Just, and Kyle Winston

Learn more about Pairs and preorder Pairs 01 here.

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Screenshot of a virtual event. Two hands hold the new publication, Pairs, flipping through the pages. A green border surrounds the image.

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Image of Giovanna Borasi, who wears a light blue sweatshirt and sits at a dark blue desk. There are books stacked in front of her along with a variety of pens and pencils in a black square holder.

Architect, editor, and curator, Giovanna Borasi joined the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in 2005, first as Curator, Contemporary Architecture (2005-10), then as Chief Curator (2014-19). She has been Director of the CCA since January 2020.  Borasi’s work explores alternative ways of practicing and evaluating architecture, considering the impact of contemporary environmental, political, and social issues on urbanism and the built environment. She studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, worked as an editor of Lotus International (1998–2005) and Lotus Navigator (2000–2004), and was Deputy Editor in Chief of Abitare (2011–2013). Borasi’s latest curatorial project, Dear Architect, is a three-part documentary film series that considers changing definitions of home and homelessness as a result of urban and economic pressures.

How to Join

Register to attend the event here. Once you have registered, you will be provided with a link to join the lecture via Zoom. This link will also be emailed to you.

The event will also be live streamed to the GSD’s YouTube page. Only viewers who are attending the lecture via Zoom will be able to submit questions for the Q+A. If you would like to submit questions for the speakers in advance of the event, please click here.

Live captioning will be provided during this event. A transcript will be available roughly two weeks after the event, upon request.

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].