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Authors on Architecture: Wigley on Wachsmann
Zoom Presentation
Saturday, June 19,2021, 01:00 PM




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Join SAH/SCC for another one of our Authors on Architecture series as we hear from Mark Wigley, legendary architectural historian and author of Konrad Wachsmann’s Television: Post Architectural Transmissions (Sternberg Press; distributed by MIT Press, 2021).

Wigley makes the surprising claim that the thinking behind modernist architect Konrad Wachsmann's legendary projects was dominated by the idea of television. Investigating the archives of one of the most influential designers of the twentieth century, Wigley scrutinizes Wachsmann's design, research, and teaching, closely reading a succession of unseen drawings, models, photographs, correspondence, publications, syllabi, reports, and manuscripts to argue that Wachsmann is an anti-architect—a student of some of the most influential designers of the 1920s who dedicated thirty-five post–Second World War years to the disappearance of architecture.

Participants will also learn about Wachsmann's legacy at the USC School of Architecture. For those knowledgeable about his work on the prefabricated GPS Panel Homes with Walter Gropius, Wigley’s take will broaden understanding of his interest in component-based design.

Mark Wigley is Professor and Dean Emeritus at Columbia GSAPP. In addition to being a prolific author, in 2005, he co-founded Volume magazine with Rem Koolhaas and Ole Bouman as a collaborative project by Archis (Amsterdam), AMO (Rotterdam), and C-lab (Columbia University). Wigley curated the exhibition Deconstructivist Architecture at The Museum of Modern Art.

Authors on Architecture: Wigley on Wachsmann—June 19, 2021; 1:00-2:30PMPST; $5; Pay via PayPal button on this page. Zoom connection information sent upon registration.

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