Wed, January 30, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Since the mid-nineties, architecture has accelerated its move away from the discourse of the architectural object towards the discourse of the architectural field. The vicissitudes of the architectural object has lost its uncanny appeal, and recent work is more often than not circumscribed by the mental image of an underlying network of relations that is deep, dynamic, and more real than the architectural object itself. Like Janus, the transition from object to field has had many faces but has shared a single body moving towards the virtual. This lecture offers reasons for pause in this move towards relationism in order to reconsider the architectural object itself and why it may be irreducible to relations alone. The work of Ruy Klein is presented in the context of this concern and seeks to describe that which is withdrawn and strange about the architectural object.
David Ruy is an architect and theorist. He received his Master of Architecture from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s College where he studied philosophy and mathematics. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design at the Pratt Institute, where he is also the director of The Network for Emerging Architectural Research (NEAR).
David Ruy and Karel Klein are the principles of Ruy Klein in New York City. Ruy Klein examines contemporary design problems at the intersection of architecture, nature, and technology. Encompassing a wide array of experimentation, projects study the mutual imbrications of artificial and natural regimes that are shaping an ever more synthetic world. The work of Ruy Klein has been widely published, exhibited, and has been the recipient of numerous awards. Ruy Klein received the Emerging Voices Award in 2011 from The Architectural League of New York, recognizing the firm as one of the leading experimental practices in architecture today.