Sylvia Lavin, “Generator’s Vital Infrastructure”

Sylvia Lavin, “Generator’s Vital Infrastructure”

Sylvia Lavin, “Generator’s Vital Infrastructure”
e-flux Architecture Lectures

Free admission

April 18, 2023, 7pm
172 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

e-flux Architecure presents “Generator’s Vital Infrastructure,” a lecture by Sylvia Lavin at e-flux on Tuesday, April 18 at 7pm.

Well known in the increasingly robust architectural literatures on the history of cybernetics and digital technology, Cedric Price’s Generator is also an important marker in an as of yet incomplete environmental history of the field. The project’s investigations into automated systems of growth and change and the particular forms of creativity proper to the knowledge worker in the information era led to its designation as the first intelligent building, but they also belong to a specifically American political ecology and economy in which occluded resources from southern states reappeared as cultural works of abstract value in northern metropolitan centers. Part of a larger work-in-progress on the conscription of trees in the field’s ongoing quest for autonomy, this presentation explores how a history that accounts for architecture’s reliance on the vital infrastructure of arboreal media can operate to reimagine the field’s relation to things in the world.

The lecture is the inaugural event of e-flux Architecture Lectures, a new monthly series inviting researchers and practitioners to discuss timely issues in contemporary architecture, theory, culture, and technology.

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–Two flights of stairs lead up to the building’s front entrance at 172 Classon Avenue.       
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Architecture, Nature & Ecology, Technology
Cybernetics, Environment

Sylvia Lavin is a critic, curator, historian and theorist whose work explores the limits of architecture across a wide spectrum of historical periods. She is Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and was Chairperson of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA. Her books and catalogs include Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernization Effects, Kissing Architecture, and Everything Loose Will Land: 1970s Art and Architecture in Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Columbia University, and has received numerous awards and grants including from the Getty Research Institute, the Graham Foundation, the AIA and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is currently working on a book about trees.

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