After Bigness

2009 Urban Design Symposium

After BIGNESS : Designing for Post-Crisis Cities


Monday, November 9, 2009
113 Avery, Wood Auditorium
Columbia University in the City of New York
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

  • Curated by: Mojdeh Baratloo and MSAUD Fall 2009 Faculty
  • Organized by: Paula Asturias, Gabriel Fuentes, Come Menage, Monica Pinjani, Sung Hwan Yoon

This student-organized event is held in conjunction with the GSAPP’s fall semester, post-professional Urban Design Studio which addresses the question of design at the regional scale. The title of this year’s symposium is “After BIGNESS: Designing for Post-Crisis Cities”.

Positioning itself within the interdisciplinary discourse of GSAPP’s various professional and academic programs, this year’s symposium will serve as a platform to critically question and discuss the dynamic relationship between architecture, planning, and urbanism relative to the post-industrial urban condition. Embracing the complexity and ambiguity of the terms “bigness” and “post-crisis”, we pose the following questions for consideration by the panel:

  • How do we determine the parameters of “bigness” relative to the post-industrial city? In turn, what do we do after “bigness”?
  • How do we define crisis such that we can begin to explore design for the “post-crisis” condition?

Schedule & Speaker

  • 6:30 PM Introduction
    by MSAUD students
  • 6:40 PM Presentation
    by Alan Berger
  • 7:00 PM Presentation
    by Mahadev Raman
  • 7:20 PM Presentation
    by Kenneth Frampton
  • 7:40 PM Symposium Discussion
    moderated by Paolo Pietrogrande
  • 8:10 PM Book Launch + Reception
    introduced by John Frazer and Richard Plunz

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