Posts tagged ‘architecture’

The Cooper Union Promotes Russian Architecture. Why?

The School of Architecture at Cooper Union promotes Soviet architecture in the midst of the Ukrainian Village in Manhattan. I argue that they should stop doing so, and instead support the war-torn nation. My opinions are in bold.

Statements by Ukrainians on Cooper Union’s Facebook page here (1/18/23).

Read my first op-ed here (1/21/23) and the version edited by Archinect here (1/25/23).

Read Cooper Union’s statements here (1/12/23), here (1/25/23), here (2/6/23) here (2/6/23), here (2/7/23), here (4/17/24) and here (4/17/23).

The reaction from Architect’s Newspaper here (1/26/23), here (2/2/23), and here (4/17/23).

The reaction from Archinect here (1/26/23) and here (2/7/23)

The reaction from ARTnews here (1/30/23) and here (2/7/23).

The reaction from Hyperallergic here (1/31/23).

The reaction from Dezeen here (2/2/23) and here (2/7/23).

Open letter in support of the Vkhutemas exhibition in Art and Education here (2/1/23).

Statement from PEN America here (2/2/23).

The reaction from Curbed here (2/6/23).

The reaction from Artforum here (2/6/23)

The reaction from The Art Newspaper here (2/6/23).

The reaction from New York Times here (2/7/23).

The reaction from Voice of America (in Russian) here (2/8/23).

The reaction from The Eastern Herald (India) here (2/8/23).

Read my answer to criticisms in an op-ed in Kyiv Post (Ukraine) here (2/8/23).

The reaction from Klassekampen (Norway) here or [PDF] (2/10/23) here (2/14/23), here (2/18/23), with my reply here and as PDF (2/24/23).

The reaction from Document (Norway) here (2/13/23).

January 21, 2023 at 11:24 am


Perhaps the architecture profession needs a new name? How about replacing “architecture” with “archiagape”? This is the lecture I gave at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in May 2021. Published as “Archiagape” in Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape and the Postnatural, Chris Perry ( (eds.), (Barcelona: Actar, 2022), 298-302. [PDF]

November 8, 2022 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Ecology in Design: In Conversation

Ecology in Design: In Conversation with Nina Edwards Anker and Peder Anker.

The American Scandinavian Society with Garette Johnson. June 24 2020.

August 10, 2020 at 4:27 am Leave a comment

GLOBAL Design NYU: Elsewhere Envisioned

For the first time in its history, NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study gathers leading-edge architects, designers, and theorists to address design issues that affect global ecology and the environment.

This exhibit of architectural models, drawings, animations, and projections, combined with a two-day symposium, brings together designers, scholars, and innovators to showcase design research as it relates to visionary architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and ecological planning.

Global warming effects pose new challenges to the architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design communities. The immediate response has been a turn toward a host of energy-saving technologies. What has rarely been addressed, however, is the problem of scale. How can the designer make sure that global solutions do not come at the expense of local traditions, cultures, and environments? By placing human rational, emotional, technological, and social needs at the center of our environmental concerns, we propose a new GLOBAL [Global Local Open Border Architecture and Landscape] design initiative.

We seek a Global yet still Local design that can Open the sociopolitical Borders that all too often separate Architecture from its Landscape. The overreaching aim is to develop a language of design that can create proximity between individual responsibility and the current global environmental crisis. We see environmental problems as a crisis of human alienation from the natural world, and our initiative will explore ways in which design can reformat the unfortunate separation. In our plea for proximity between the individual and the global we will explore, in the words of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, a design that is “as close to the beyond as to things near” when we evoke “our power to imagine ourselves elsewhere.”

GLOBAL DESIGN | ELSEWHERE ENVISIONED is directed and curated by Gallatin professors Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, Mitchell Joachim with support from the Gallatin Design Collective.

Sponsors include Susanne Wofford, Dean of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU Office of the Provost, Global Research Initiatives Program; NYU Office of Sustainability; Gallatin Community Learning Initiative; NYU Environmental Studies Department.
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June 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment


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