The College of Architecture is excited to announce Andrés Jaque, internationally revered as one of the most challenging, contemporary European architects, will be giving the next Hyde lecture titled “Superpowers of Scale” at 4 p.m., April 1, in the Union Swanson Auditorium.
Jaque is an architect, writer and curator. He is the founder of the Office for Political Innovation, a New York/Madrid-based agency working at the intersection of research, “envirobodily” practices and design. In 2016, the office received the 10th Frederick Kiesler Prize for the Architecture and the Arts. His firm has also been awarded the Silver Lion for Best Research Project at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, as well as the Dionisio Hernández-Gil Prize. Some of the firm’s notable projects include Ocean Space, Venice; Reggio School, Madrid; Museo CA2M, Móstoles; Climate-Dissident House, Molino de Segura; House in Never Never Land, Ibiza; and Plasencia Care Home, Cáceres.
Some of his firm’s work is part of a collection on display at MoMA, New York and the Art Institute of Chicago, and has been shown at most major museums around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; MAK, Vienna; Design Museum, London; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and CalArts Gallery, Los Angeles.
Renown for his artistic insight, Jaque was chief curator for the current 13th Shanghai Biennale, titled “Bodies of Water,” and in 2018 he co-curated Manifesta 12 in Palermo, titled “The Planetary Garden.” An academic and a scholar, Jaque has authored many works including “Superpowers of Scale,” “More-Than-Human,” “Idea Books,” “Transmaterial Politics,” and “Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool.”
In academia, Jaque serves as the director of the Advanced Architectural Design Program at Columbia University and has previously taught at Princeton University.
For this lecture Jaque will explore other architectures that propose alternative societal, material and ecological paradigms, offering contrast to the philosophy of neoliberalism. There, architecture operates as a form of dissidence. This is where architectural practices make sense for the Office for Political Innovation. Jaque will discuss how the processes and contexts of projects developed by his office -including Reggio School, Ocean Space, Climate-Dissident House and Sensatheque, participate in these forms of alternative and dissidence.
This presentation is part of the College of Architecture’s 2021-2022 Hyde Lecture Series featuring speakers from across disciplines that are united under the common theme of “Emerging Opportunities for Equality in Planning and Design.” The series focuses on the anticipated “new normal” and looks to draw insight and explore what solutions planners and designers can offer in the Post-Pandemic Future.
The college’s Hyde Lecture Series is a long-standing, endowed, public program. Each year the college hosts compelling speakers in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning that enrich the ongoing dialog around agendas which are paramount to the design disciplines and our graduates.