Dezeen promotion: a symposium covering the most important architecture and design projects from the past 12 months will take place 9 December 2017 at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, with speakers including architects Wang Shu and David Adjaye.
As media partner for In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day, which The Met is hosting for the second year running, Dezeen will be live-streaming the full series of talks.
The symposium – from 11am to 6pm at the museum’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium – will bring together architects, artists, curators and filmmakers from around the world, each selected to present a project that has had a particular impact this year.
“The speakers were selected to represent the incredible range of contemporary architectural practice now taking place all over the world,” said a statement from The Met.
“They will illuminate the creative process behind newly built homes and institutions, advancements in new technologies, and areas that have been greatly affected by climate change and natural and man-made disasters.”
The Met’s associate curator of architecture and design, Beatrice Galilee – who organised the programme – will be in conversation with a creative leader at IKEA, and a panel discussion titled In Our Future: Radical Design Education will be moderated by the museum’s chair of education, Sandra Jackson-Dumont.
The remainder of the afternoon will be filled with fast-paced presentations about the year’s key buildings and projects. David Adjaye will speak about his National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, and Amanda Levete will discuss her new entrance and exhibition hall for London’s V&A museum.
The themes and exhibitions of the second Chicago Architecture Biennial will be explained by the event’s artistic directors Johnston Marklee, and the new medical building at Columbia University will be presented by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Artists and designers participating will include John Gerrard, who simulated a flag of black smoke as a symbol of climate change; Nelly Ben Hayoun, who set up the fee-free University of the Underground design course; and Lucy McRae, who fictionally examined the ways space travellers could use architecture and design to train their bodies.
Ethiopian artist Julie Mehretu will speak about her Politicized Landscapes pair of large-scale, site-specific artworks for the atrium of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Projects that examine the roles of dating apps and virtual reality in cities, and Syria’s architectural history and future, will also feature.
The talks are free to attend with museum admission. Registration is recommended, but space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 10:30am.
For those unable to make it, both Dezeen and The Met will be live-streaming on Facebook. A link to the stream will be provided on the Dezeen homepage on the day.
To find out more about the In Our Time programme and see the full list of speakers, visit The Met’s website.
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