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Eisenman 80: Architecture and Resistance

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Eisenman 80: Architecture and Resistance

In honor of Peter Eisenman’s longstanding engagement with the Princeton School of Architecture, we are taking the opportunity, on his 80th birthday, to celebrate his enduring contributions to the School with a day-long symposium which will address a subject very dear to him: resistance. The symposium will bring together fourteen friends and colleagues, both practitioners and theorists, to address the subject of Architecture and Resistance. Participants will make a brief statement about the pertinence and the practice of resistance in architecture and then join a debate on specific forms such resistance might take.
Princeton University School of Architecture
Friday, November 09, 2012

ARCHITECTURE AND RESISTANCE                                                      
9:00 am  Welcome
10:00-11:30 Discipline
This session will feature an opening statement by Peter Eisenman on the role of the discipline as an agent that de-stabilizes the status quo, followed by three presentations by theoretical practitioners interested in questions of autonomy, form and the core of the discipline.

Peter Eisenman, FAIA, Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice and Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship of Architectural Design Yale School of Architecture; Founder and Principal, Eisenman Architects
Pier Vittorio Aureli, Architect and Educator
Jeffrey Kipnis, Visiting Professor, Princeton University, School of Architecture; Curator of Architecture and Design at The Wexner Center for the Arts, and a Professor in the Department of Architecture at The Ohio State University.
Preston Scott Cohen, Principal, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., Boston; and Chair, Department of Architecture and the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design.
11:30-12:30 Indiscipline
This session will feature presentations by theorists interested in questioning the limits of the discipline. They will address the specialization of architecture, its capacity to remain credible, and its attachments to external realms, as tools for reformulating architectural practices and resisting its establishments.

Lucia Allais, Assistant Professor, Princeton University, School of Architecture
Sylvia Lavin, Professor, UCLA; and Visiting Professor, Princeton University, School of Architecture
Mark Wigley, Dean, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
Lunch Break
2:00-3:30 Informality
This session will feature presentations of practices interested in subverting architecture with informal strategies that range from the ironic to the obdurate, to a deliberate slipperiness and pliancy that resists stratification.

Michael Meredith, Assistant Professor, Princeton University, School of Architecture
Emmanuel Petit, Associate Professor, Yale University School of Architecture
Robert Somol, Director, School of Architecture, University of Illinois, Chicago
3:30-5:00 Transistance  
This session will feature practitioners and theorists interested in exploring a deliberate transparency of architecture vis-a-vis the forces that shape it, in order to challenge established conventions by producing extroverted forms of resistance.

Sanford Kwinter, Professor of Architectural Theory and Criticism at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Greg Lynn, Professor, UCLA; Master Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and the Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University; Principal at Greg Lynn Form
Sarah Whiting, Dean, Rice University, School of Architecture; Partner, WW Architecture              
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Dean, Princeton University, School of Architecture, Principal, Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architecture
5:00-6:00 Closing Remarks and Birthday Cake
Anthony Vidler, Dean and Professor of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union, New York