PLAT 10:0 Launch Event, 2021-2022 Lecture Series: Building Identities, Fall Edition
Nov. 12, 2021
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Zoom Webinar

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On the occasion of the release of 10.0 Behold, PLAT journal presents a panel discussion with contributors: Mario Carpo, The Bartlett School of Architecture; Todd Cronan, Emory University; Daniel Jacobs & Brittany Utting, HOME-OFFICE/University of Houston and Rice University; and Gili Merin, The Architectural Association, at 12:00 p.m. cst via Zoom as part of the 2021-2022 Rice Architecture Lecture Series, Building Identities, Fall Edition.

Mario Carpo
Mario Carpo is Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory, the Bartlett, University College London. He is the author of Architecture in the Age of Printing: Orality, Writing, Typography, and Printed Images in the History of Architectural Theory and The Alphabet and the Algorithm (both published by the MIT Press) and other books.

Todd Cronan
Todd Cronan is Associate Professor of art history at Emory University. He is the author of Against Affective Formalism: Matisse, Bergson, Modernism (2013)  and articles on subjects like photographic "previsualization," chance photography, orthodoxy, Brecht, Rodchenko, Max Ernst, Minor White, R. M. Schindler, Richard Neutra, the Eameses, Merleau-Ponty, Santayana, Simmel, and Valéry. He recently completed a book on Brecht, Rodchenko and Eisenstein and another on architectural modernism in Southern California. He is a founder and editor-in-chief of nonsite.org.

Daniel Jacobs and Brittany Utting
HOME-OFFICE is a research and design collaborative that explores architecture as an entanglement of spatial types, material histories, and social imaginaries. Paying attention to architecture's modes of production and representation, we think about space at a spectrum of scales: from the detail of the enclosure to the protocols and policies that shape the built environment. HOME-OFFICE was founded by Brittany Utting and Daniel Jacobs in 2017 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Gili Merin is an architect, photographer, and Ph.D. candidate at the Architectural Association in London. She is a Diploma unit master at the AA, a lecturer for History and Theory of architecture at the Royal College of Arts, and a visiting professor in Syracuse University.

She studied architecture at the UdK Berlin, Waseda University in Tokyo, and the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Her on-going dissertation 'Towards Jerusalem: The Architecture of Pilgrimage' (supervised by Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria S. Giudici) explores structures of spiritual travel using photography as a design tool. In 2018, the thesis was awarded the annual AA writing prize.

She was trained as an architect, editor and researcher at OMA in Rotterdam, Kuehn Malvezzi in Berlin and Efrat-Kowalsky in Tel Aviv. She had participated in a number of international exhibitions, including the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Seoul Biennale for Urbanism, and Wohnungsfrage at HKW Berlin.

Gili writes and photographs regularly for the Architects' Journal and Ha'aretz. Her essays and reportages have been published in a number of print and online journals, amongst them the AA Files, MITs Thresholds, The Economist, The Guardian, The Architectural Review, Mark Magazine, Frame, Disegno, Domus, Quaderns, Artsy, Ha'aretz, Detail, ArchDaily and Metropolis.

Building Identities
Construction of physical structures is inseparable from the construction of human identities. Rice Architecture aims to broaden our understanding of building construction and identity formation as two interrelated processes, seeking to close the gap between the social and the formal in the field of architecture and our world more broadly. Reflecting the pluralism of Houston as the most diverse city in the United States, Building Identities advances the agency of architecture in a new multicultural world. We believe this is an urgent theme for our school, our community, and our field at large.
All lectures are free and open to the public. Please be sure to register online for each lecture to receive the link to join. 
These lectures are recorded and will be posted on the Rice Architecture YouTube channel and the Rice Design Alliance Vimeo channel within three weeks of the live event.
Live captioning will be provided during the event. Transcripts are available upon request.
All fall 2021 lectures are eligible for one AIA/CES Learning Unit. 


This lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the Betty R. and the George F. Pierce Jr., FAIA, Fund, the William B. Coleman Jr. Colloquium Fund for Architecture, the Wm. W. Caudill Lecture Series Fund, and Rice Design Alliance (RDA), the public programs and outreach arm of Rice Architecture. PLAT is an independent student journal of Rice Architecture and is supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.


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