Mark Rakatansky and Mabel O. Wilson
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 4:00 pm
535 West 22nd Street
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Monuments, Monumentality, Monumentalization: Symposium 2
Mark Rakatansky, principal of Mark Rakatansky Studio, is an architect and writer whose work focuses on the transformative capabilities of design. His designs and writings have appeared in numerous international publications including: ANY, Architecture Record, Assemblage, A+U, Columbia Documents, Camerawork, Journal of Philosophy and the Visual Arts, The Harvard Architecture Review, New York 2000, and Sturm der Ruhe, among many others. He has received a diverse range of awards in architecture, urbanism, landscape, and graphic design. His project Open Stack was one of ten selected for the 2013 Little Free Libraries/New York in assocation with Architectural League of New York and the PEN World Voices Festival. His work was selected for inclusion in the 2009 Gwangju Design Biennale in South Korea, and in The City: Third Millennium for the 2001 Venice Biennale. His designs and installations have also been exhibited in the Getty Center (Los Angeles), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Louisiana Museum (Denmark), University of California at Los Angeles, The Urban Center, and Yale University. He teaches at Columbia University, where he is Adjunct Associate Professor, as well as Parsons The New School for Design, and Pratt Institute. He is the author of Tectonic Acts of Desire and Doubt (2012), the ninth volume in the Architecture Words series of the Architectural Association. His current book project explores performative modes in Italian architecture during the sixteenth, eighteenth, and twentieth centuries.
Mabel O. Wilson is a designer and scholar, whose research investigates space and cultural memory in black America, race and visual culture, and new technologies and the social production of space. Her collaborative design practices, KW: a and Studio &, have worked on speculative and built projects, utilizing methods of parametric data-mining and fabrication to explore urbanization, new technologies, and globalization in African cities. Wilson’s (a)way station, designed in collaboration with Paul Kariouk, received a design award from ID Magazine and is in the collection of SFMoMA. Her recent book Negro Building – Black Americans and the World of Fairs and Museums (University of California Press, 2012) studies how the spaces of world’s fairs, Emancipation expositions, and grassroots public museums became sites to imagine Afro-modernity. Wilson’s essays have appeared in numerous journals, exhibition catalogues and books on critical geography, visual culture, and architecture. She was the guest editor of “Unreal Estate,” an issue of the New Museum’s New City Reader temporary newspaper (2010-11). As the Nancy and George E. Rupp Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Mabel Wilson was the founding director of the Applied Research Practices in Architecture program, co-directs the Global Africa Lab, and is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia’s GSAS. Her current book project, Building Race and Nation: How Slavery Influenced the Civic Architecture of Antebellum America, will be published in 2016.