Digestion Talks

Digestion Talks

Digestion Talks

Free admission

October 17, 2022, 7pm
172 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Food uncertainty and the impact of the pandemic on industrial food production has foregrounded the urgency for a united reflection on the fragility of our production and distribution processes, the significance of their geolocation and mediums, our hubris in the pursuit of ceaseless growth and endless mobility, and finally, our accountability for how we occupy our planet.

Please join editors and contributors to Digestion, e-flux Architecture’s editorial collaboration with the 2022 Tallinn Architecture Biennale, for a series of presentations and discussions on how agricultural systems, culinary arts, and digestive processes are conditioned by built environments (and vice versa), and how the built environment might itself become subject to cultivation, harvest, and consumption.

The event is organized by Lydia Kallipoliti, co-curator of the 2022 Tallinn Architecture Biennale and co-editor of Digestion, and Christina Moushoul, assistant editor at e-flux Architecture. It is moderated by Anthony Vidler, and features contributions by Meredith TenHoor and Lindsey Wikstrom. The event will take place in person at e-flux.

Digestion Talks
Monday, October 17, 7pm

7:15pm, Opening remarks
Christina Moushoul

7:20-7:35pm, Digestion
Lydia Kallipoliti

7:35–7:50pm, Envisioning Future Food Systems 
Meredith Tenhoor

7:50–8:05pm, A Gold Mine, Above Ground
Lindsey Wikstrom

8:05–8:40pm, Roundtable Discussion
Moderated by Antony Vidler

8:40-8:45pm EST, Closing Remarks

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

–Two flights of stairs lead up to the building’s front entrance at 172 Classon Avenue.       
–For elevator access, please RSVP to program@e-flux.com. The building has a freight elevator which leads into the e-flux office space. Entrance to the elevator is nearest to 180 Classon Ave (a garage door). We have a ramp for the steps within the space.      
–e-flux has an ADA-compliant bathroom. There are no steps between the event space and this bathroom.

Architecture, Globalization
Food & Cooking, Agriculture, Covid-19

Lydia Kallipoliti is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union in New York and the author of The Architecture of Closed Worlds (2018). She is the principal of ANAcycle thinktank.

Christina Moushoul is assistant editor at e-flux architecture.

Meredith TenHoor is an architectural and urban historian, and Professor in the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute. She is also editor, founding board member, and former chair of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, a group devoted to publishing and advancing collaboratively-produced scholarship in architectural theory and history. Her research examines how architecture, urbanism, and landscape design participate in the distribution of resources, and how these design practices have produced understandings of the limits and capacities of bodies. She has written extensively about the relationships between food and agriculture and architectural, cultural, and territorial change in twentieth-century France. Other key topics are histories of justice, exclusion, and displacement in architecture and urban planning; architectures of consumption and biopolitics; and the intellectual history of francophone and anglophone critical theory. Her publications include Toxics(2022), Black Lives Matter (2015), Street Value: Shopping, Planning and Politics at Fulton Mall (2010), and a forthcoming book about the design history and political economies of French food systems. Newer projects address the bodily and environmental impacts of building materials, the architectural imaginaries of environmental futures, and the career of the French architect Nicole Sonolet, who designed housing, hospitals, and villages focused around the provision of care.

Anthony Vidler (1941-2023) was an architectural scholar, historian, critic, and academic. A faculty member of Princeton University’s School of Architecture from 1965 to 1993, Vidler served as the first director of the School’s History and Theory Ph.D. program. From 1993 to 1997, Vidler was Professor and Chair of Art History at UCLA, and then Dean of the College of Art, Architecture and Planning at Cornell University from 1997 to 1998. In 2002, he became Dean of The Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, a position he held until 2013. His publications include The Writing of the Walls: Architectural Theory in the Late Enlightenment; Claude-Nicolas Ledoux: Architecture and Social Reform at the End of the Ancien Regime; The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely; Warped Space: Architecture and Anxiety in Modern Culture; Histories of the Immediate Present: The Invention of Architectural Modernism; James Frazer Stirling: Notes from the Archive; and The Scenes of the Street and other Essays. In addition to teaching and writing, Vidler was a respected curator, with several significant exhibitions including the permanent exhibition of the work of Claude-Nicolas Ledoux in the Royal Salt Works of Arc-et-Senans in Franche-Comté, France, and “James Stirling, Architect and Teacher,” at the Tate, the Staatsgalerie, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Canadian Center for Architecture.

Lindsey Wikstrom is the Founding Principal of Mattaforma and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

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