Enrique Walker | The Ordinary: Recordings
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Building 7, 429
77 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, Cambridge, MA 02139
MIT Department of Architecture
Fall 2019 Lecture Series
6:00 PM,Room 7-429/Long Lounge
The Ordinary: Recordings
Since the beginning of the century, the field of architecture has fervently turned its attention to documenting the contemporary urban condition. Every city has been examined as a repository of architectural concepts, scrutinized as an urban manifesto, recorded as a series of found objects. The Ordinary: Recordings articulates a potential genealogy for this practice, and for the genre of books that derived from it. Organized around conversations with the authors of three seminal texts that document the city — Rem Koolhaas on Delirious New York, Denise Scott Brown on Learning from Las Vegas, and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto on Made in Tokyo — this volume traces the history of these “books on cities” by examining the material they recorded, the findings they established, the arguments they advanced, and the projects they promoted. These conversations also question the assumptions underlying this practice, and whether in its ubiquity it still remains a space of opportunity.
Enrique Walker is an architect. He is an Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP, where he directed the Master of Science program in Advanced Architectural Design from 2008 to 2018. He teaches the lecture course Metropolis, and runs the seminar course and guest lecture series Arguments. He has also taught the decade-long series of studios and seminars, The Dictionary of Received Ideas, the studio series Under Constraint, and the seminar course The Ordinary. In addition to GSAPP, he has taught at the Princeton University School of Architecture, the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, the Barcelona Institute of Architecture, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Pratt Institute, and the Universidad de Chile.
His publications include the books, Lo Ordinario (Gustavo Gili, 2010) and Tschumi on Architecture: Conversations with Enrique Walker (Monacelli, 2006). He has also published articles and interviews in AA Files, Log, El Croquis, 2G, Grey Room, Volume, Hunch, and Circo, as well as in the books, Conversaciones con Enric Miralles (Gustavo Gili, 2016), After the Manifesto: Writing, Architecture and Media in a New Century (GSAPP, 2014), Luis M. Mansilla and Emilio Tuñón: From Rules to Constraints (Lars Müller, 2012), The Architectures of Atelier Bow-Wow: Behaviorology (Rizzoli, 2010), Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen: Seven Rooms (Hatje Cantz, 2009), and First Works: Emerging Architectural Experimentation of the 1960s and 1970s (Architectural Association, 2009). His forthcoming book, The Ordinary: Rem Koolhaas, Denise Scott Brown, and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, in conversation with Enrique Walker is scheduled to appear in 2018.