Video shot by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and edited by André Corrêa.
Lecture by Michael Kubo as part of the MAS Context 2015 Spring Talks in Chicago. The lecture took place on Tuesday April 14, 2015 at The LeRoy Neiman Center. This talk is organized in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Michael Kubo is an architect, author, and Ph.D. Candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture at MIT. In 2014 Kubo was Associate Curator for OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the International Architecture Biennale in Venice. He is co-editor of the forthcoming OfficeUS Atlas (Lars Müller, 2015), the second volume of the OfficeUS book series.
Kubo is co-director of pinkcomma gallery in Boston along with Chris Grimley and Mark Pasnik and a collaborator in over,under, an interdisciplinary practice with expertise in architecture, urban design, graphic identity, and publications. Kubo, Grimley, and Pasnik are co-authors of the forthcoming Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston (Monacelli Press, 2015), a history of concrete modernism in Boston between 1957 and 1976. Pinkcomma is currently producing Imagining the Modern, a major exhibition on postwar modernism at the Heinz Architectural Center in Pittsburgh, scheduled to open in September 2015.
Kubo is a founding partner of the design practice Collective–LOK along with Jon Lott and William O’Brien Jr. Collective–LOK recently completed the new street-level headquarters of Van Alen Institute in New York, following their winning entry in a juried competition with over 120 entrants. In 2014, Collective–LOK were finalists for the Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1.
His talk, titled “Collective–LOK: The First Three Projects,” will serve to take stock of the concepts and referents at play in Collective–LOK’s first three collaborations: the new street-level headquarters of Van Alen Institute in New York; an entry as finalists for the Young Architects Proposal at MoMA PS1 in 2014; and a recent proposal for a new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki.
This talk is organized in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO). To learn more about SAIC AIADO, please visit www.saic.edu/academics/departments/aiado.
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