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Sick Architecture

e-flux Architecture presents
Sick Architecture
Live Roundtable
Date
November 19, 2020

Join us on e-flux Video & Film on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 5pm EST for a live roundtable with Tairan An, Guillermo Sanchez Arsuaga, Nick Axel, Victoria Bergbauer, Carrie Bly, Beatriz Colomina, Nikolaus HirschRebecca Kellawan, Iván López Munuera, Kara Plaxa, Gizem Sivri, Shivani Shedde, and Mark Wigley.

Sick Architecture is a collaboration between Beatriz Colomina, e-flux Architecture, and the Princeton University Ph.D. Program in the History and Theory of Architecture, with the support of the Rapid Response David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Grant from the Humanities Council and the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University, featuring contributions by Tairan An, Guillermo Sanchez Arsuaga, Victoria Bergbauer, Carrie Bly, Beatriz Colomina, Rebecca Kellawan, Iván López Munuera, Kara Plaxa, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Paul B. Preciado, Gizem Sivri, Shivani Shedde, and Mark Wigley. The project began as a Ph.D. seminar in the fall of 2019 and will continue in 2021 as an exhibition at CIVA in Brussels.

A grid of empty white beds in a dark cavernous space—waiting for bodies. One architecture inside another. A field hospital is set up within days to accommodate 5,500 patients in two convention center halls in Madrid. Buildings designed for temporary events now host an emergency medical architecture, a space for disease.

Sick Architecture is not simply the architecture of medical emergency. On the contrary, it is the architecture of normality—the way that past health crises are inscribed into the everyday, with each architecture not just carrying the traces of prior diseases, but having been completely shaped by them. Every new disease is hosted within the architecture formed by previous diseases in a kind of archeological nesting of disease. Each medical event activates deep histories of architecture and illness, along with all the associated fears, misunderstandings, prejudices, inequities, and innovations.

The roundtable will be livestreamed on this page, with audience Q&A available via chat. No registration required.

www.e-flux.com/architecture/

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

Category
Architecture
Subject
Health & Disease

An Tairan is an architectural historian, theorist, and designer. He is a PhD student in History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University.

Guillermo Sánchez Arsuaga is an architect and PhD student in History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University.

Nick Axel is Deputy Editor of e-flux Architecture.

Victoria Bergbauer is a PhD student in the History Department at Princeton University.

Carrie Bly is a licensed architect currently pursuing a PhD in History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University.

Beatriz Colomina is an architecture historian, theorist, and curator. She is the founding director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University, the Howard Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture, and Director of Graduate studies in the School of Architecture.

Rebecca Kellawan is a professional archaeologist and doctoral student in History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University.

Iván López Munuera is a New York-based architectural and art historian, critic, and curator. Since 2015 he has been developing his dissertation on the architecture of HIV/AIDS at Princeton University.

Kara Plaxa, is a Ph.D. student in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University investigating the intersections of gender, queer sexualities, and fetish play in urban landscapes.

Gizem Sivri is a PhD student in History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University.

Shivani Shedde is an architect and doctoral student in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University.

Mark Wigley is Professor and Dean Emeritus at Columbia GSAPP. His most recent book is Konrad Wachsmann's Television: Post-Architectural Transmissions (Sternberg Press, 2020).

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