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October 25, 2007

CCNY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE PRESENTS “INEFFABLE,” CONFERENCE TO EXAMINE ROLE OF DIGITAL TOOLS IN ARCHITECTURE, NOVEMBER 10

NEW YORK, October 25, 2007 – The City College of New York (CCNY) School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA) will present “Ineffable,” an academic conference that will explore points of contact between inexpressible dimensions of architecture and the codes, theories and techniques by which they are manifested. The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Saturday, November 10, in Room 95 of Shepard Hall. 

The conference will ask architects, design scholars, literary critics and historians to address the cultural, political and philosophical issues associated with the use of digital technology to express architectural ideas. It will feature three panel sessions with presentations by 20 professors representing 11 institutions.

Of late, many architects have begun writing code; typing textual commands to produce architecture, notes CCNY Professor of Architecture Bradley Horn, the conference organizer. “Ineffable interrogates the limits of language, whether natural or digital.” 

“Ineffable” was made possible by generous funding from The Graham Foundation, The Solow Foundation, The LEF Foundation and The City College of New York. The conference is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 212-650-7118 before October 26 to RSVP.

Shepard Hall is located on The City College campus at Convent Avenue between 139th and 140th Street, New York, N.Y. 10031.

A conference schedule with panel themes, presenters and their topics follows:

Panel 1: “Technology, Language and Time,” 10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Bradley Horn, Professor, CCNY School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, moderator. Presenters:

  • Michael Silver, Professor, Cornell University School of Architecture, “Non-Conceptual Architecture.”
  • David Gersten, Professor, The Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, “Globe Double: Mimetic Capital: Technology.”
  • Yehuda E. Safran, Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, “Shall We Be Silent About Something Else?”
  • Alberto Perez-Gomez, Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor, History and Theory of Architecture, McGill University, “Architecture, Ethics and Technology.”
  • N. Katherine Hayles, Distinguished Professor of English, UCLA, and Todd Gannon, Professor, Otis College of Arts and Design, “Architecture, Media, Language.”

Panel 2: “Pedagogy, Technique and the Transmissible,” 1:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Maria Berman, Professor, CCNY School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, moderator. Presenters:

  • Ed Keller, Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, “Speaking with the Alien: Agents of Revolutionary Time.”
  • Jason Vollen, Professor, University of Arizona School of Architecture, “Laboratory.”
  • George Ranalli, Dean, CCNY School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, “A Practical Theory.”
  • Karl Chu, Professor, Pratt Institute School of Architecture, “Ontology of Genetic Architecture.”
  • Yael Erel, Professor, Pratt Institute School of Architecture, “Out of Time.”

Panel 3: “Material, Number and Space,” 4:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Ashley Schafer, Associate Professor and Section Head, Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University, moderator. Presenters:

  • Evan Douglis, Undergraduate Chair, Pratt Institute School of Architecture, “Digital Alchemy.”
  • Ben Nicholson, Associate Professor, Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, “Hidden Residues Beneath the Surface.”
  • Lebbeus Woods, Professor, The Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, “Allusions, Analogies and the Unpresentable.”
  • José Oubrerie, Professor, Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University, “In the Shoes of Le Corbusier,”
  • Meejin Yoon and Eric Howeler, Professors, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Tangible Media / Intangible Matter.”

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