MAS Context Fall Talks 2021
Medium Matters: Architectural Representation After Construction


Designers Tami Banh and Galen Pardee, and architects Lydia Kallipoliti and Joshua G. Stein lectured online on Monday, October 4 as part of MAS Context’s 2021 Fall Talks series.


Medium Matters: Architectural Representation After Construction

The discipline of architecture is once again being asked to confront our role in the world beyond form-making and aesthetics, at a scale much larger than a single structure. Each in their own way, the COVID-19 pandemic, the increasing ravages of climate change, and ongoing struggles for social justice have challenged the existing assumptions and paradigms of the built environment. Such solutions as exist to these problems may be beyond solely architectural responses, however, what if architects were to re-engage the world as educators and activists instead? How might an architect’s perspective on the histories and futures of our cities and buildings aid public and institutional knowledge? How might the “hidden” aspects of material supply chains, urban infrastructure, anthropocene ecosystems, and building culture be revealed through architectural representation techniques?

Medium Matters asks a diverse group of educators, researchers, and practitioners to reflect upon ways in which architectural media—drawings, video, diagrams, models, public scholarship—can be brought to bear on the past, present, and future roles of designers.


This event is related to the exhibition Territories of Territory Extraction, currently on display at the Reading Room at MAS Context.


Punggol stockpile. © Galen Pardee.


Tuas mega port, Singapore. © Galen Pardee.


Tami Banh is a Senior Designer at SCAPE and an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Urban Design program at Columbia University. With a background in landscape and architecture, she is interested in pushing disciplinary boundaries and investigating the relationship between politics, ecology, landscape, urbanism, and architecture. Her works and research focus on displacement, climate resilience, critical cartography, and human-nonhuman cohabitation. Tami holds a dual Master’s in Architecture and Landscape Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University, where she was awarded the Penny White Travelling Fellowship as well as Student Honor Awards from ASLA and BSLA. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the University of Southern California.

Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer, and scholar whose research focuses on the intersections of architecture, technology, and environmental politics. She is an Assistant Professor at the Cooper Union in New York. Kallipoliti is the author of The Architecture of Closed Worlds, Or, What is the Power of Shit (Lars Muller Publishers, 2018), the History of Ecological Design for Oxford English Encyclopedia of Environmental Science (2018) and the editor of EcoRedux, an issue of Architectural Design in 2010. She is the principal of ANAcycle thinktank, which has been named a leading innovator in sustainable design in Build’s 2019 and 2020 awards and Head Co-Curator of the 2022 Tallinn Architecture Biennale. Kallipoliti holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from AUTh in Greece, a Master of Science (SMArchS) from MIT, and a PhD from Princeton University. |

Galen Pardee is Drawing Agency, a design and research practice based in New York City. He currently teaches at Columbia University GSAPP and was the 2019-2021 LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture. Galen holds a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP where he received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, and a BA in Politics cum laude from Brandeis University. | @drawing_agency

Joshua G. Stein is the founder of Radical Craft, a Los Angeles-based studio that advances an experimental art and design practice saturated in history, archaeology and craft. Stein is author of Trajan’s Hollow, which examines the role of craft and reproduction in the era of digital scanning and fabrication, and co-editor of Dingbat 2.0, the first full-length publication on the iconic Los Angeles apartment building type. He has been awarded multiple grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the AIA Upjohn research award, and the 2010-11 Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture. He is Professor of Architecture at Woodbury University where he directs the Institute of Material Ecologies (T-IME).

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