8/15/2013

In Pursuit of Architecture, Pamphlet Architecture 33 and everything else

I am very busy with the second part of the previous post as well as interviews, two editorial projects including Uncertain Territories, and a post on a visit to a shale oil platform installed in Seine-et-Marne near Paris (Paris Basin) for a shale oil exploration Liassic drilling program in this region. More coming soon. Five announcements include four books that I will be discussing in the coming weeks, and a conference.

First, I finally received my copy of Pamphlet Architecture 33 Islands & Atolls guest-edited by Luis Callejas and LCLA Office. I will come back to its review soon. This 33rd edition includes two interviews of Luis Callejas with Mason White/Lateral Office and Geoff Manaugh. In addition to these interviews, the very short book includes an essay written by Charles Waldheim.
At the top of my read-list, second, is Landscape Futures finally on sale. The author, editor and curator Geoff Manaugh announced its official launch several days ago. I am planning a review or better, why not, an interview with Geoff Manaugh by late September (or early October).

Third, by September, if your research focuses on or includes the question of infrastructure, Neeraj Bhatia founder of Petropia, will be launching The Petropolis of Tomorrow with essays from Luis Callejas, Geoff Manaugh, Rania Ghosn, Maya Przybylski and Clare Lyster to Albert Pope, Mason White, Brian Davis, and Carola Hein. The book examines fast-growing offshore cities along Brazilian coast and in the ocean. Petropia names these cities Petropolises or Floating Frontier Towns as they arise from resource extraction associated with land-based urbanism. Three major topics: island urbanism, harvesting urbanism and logistical urbanism. I am looking forward to reading this 576-page book. If you are familiar with Lateral Office and InfraNet Lab, you are likely to be familiar with Neeraj Bhatia's research and work within Petropia and now The Open Workshop. Neeraj Bhatia brings interest in infrastructure, precisely social infrastructure. He also is the co-editor of the second volume of Bracket. I am planning to organize an email discussion with Neeraj Bhatia about his research, work and these spaces of collaboration mentioned above, and, of course, Bracket Goes Soft in the coming weeks (September if our schedule allows us a moment for that matter).

Fourth: by the way, the third volume of Bracket is announced by fall (or winter). Bracket [at extremes], this time, is edited by Lola Sheppard and Maya Przybylski and still published by Actar with contributions of Alessandra Ponte, Keller Easterling, Michael Hensel, Julien de Smedt, François Roche, Hashim Sarkis, and Mark Wigley.




Fifth, if you live in New York and its areas,  you will probably save this date, September 21st in your calendar. LOG Journal of Architecture will be presenting a daylong conference In Pursuit of Architecture. A Conference on Buildings and Ideas at MoMA. This conference will be featuring recent built work selected from an open, international call for submissions from France, Belgium, UAE, Israel and Germany, to Italy, the United States and Albania. If you are familiar with this little publication, some weeks ago, LOG launched a call for submissions and received proposals from international practitioners from FAT, Reiser + UmemotoMOS, to Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen, and LAN Architectes.

Last important point: It's free.

What: In Pursuit of Architecture. A Conference on Building and Ideas
When: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 10am-5pm
Where: MoMA, New York

Please contact the journal for further detail about reservations (strongly recommended), programme.

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