Mimi Zeiger

Critic, editor, curator and instigator.

June 6, 2014

OfficeUS Working Summit Issues Talks

United States Pavilion at the la Biennale de Venezia



OfficeUS 25 ISSUES TALKS, the inaugural working summit of the United States Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale de Venezia, in Venice, Italy. The conversations will take place during the opening days, on June 6th, 7th, and 8th at the US Pavilion in the Giardini and will launch the six month investigation of OfficeUS.

12-1pm Ex-Im
Examining the circulation of ideas through different spaces, individuals and socio-political conditions that have shaped the collective imaginary of 20th century architecture.

Bernard Tschumi
Brett Steele
Jonathan Solomon
Nader Tehrani
Mark Wigley
Mohsen Mostafavi
Richard Armstrong
Sarah Whiting

1-2pm Best Practices & Around the Clock
Examining the effects of organizational structures, business models and tools on the life of a practice, as well as on its architectural products while discussing the contemporary totalization of work and play and the spatial, social, economic and creative models associated with it.

Beatriz Colomina
James von Klemperer
Juan Herreros
Sylvia Lavin

2-3pm Crude Ideals
Examining the energy resource economies as drivers of city form, including contemporary smart cities and off-the-grid settlements.

Hamed Khosravi
Reinhold Martin
Todd Reisz
Ivan Rupnik
Adrian Lahoud

3-4pm Trojan Horses & Little Americas
Examining how architecture sneaks in programmatic and ideological agendas into foreign territories in a state of disguise.
Keller Easterling
Felicity D. Scott
Mimi Zeiger
Peter Zellner

4-5pm Labor LEED & The Invisibles
Exploring the protocols that perpetuate the exclusion of social groups from the decision making table while speculating about what new tools, codes and system of measurement can be implemented to produce higher levels of equality among the individuals building, living and servicing architecture.

Erin Rae Hoffer
Mabel Wilson
Alejandro Zaera-Polo
Brendan McGetrick

5-6pm Reprogramming & Bullets Without Ideology
Examining the architectural implications of technological, political and ideological paradigm shifts while exploring the ideological openness – or vacuum- of prototypical architecture, which by definition presents solutions in search of a problem.

Liz Diller
Michael Hays
Jorge Otero-Pailos
Eyal Weizman

6-7pm Closing Drinks and thoughts by Forensis



3-4pm Global Citizenship & Cargo Cult
Exploring historical and contemporary practices of representing national and global citizenship in architecture, images, drawings and film.

Erica Stoller
Iwan Baan
Giuliana Bruno
Marco Sossa
Florian Idenburg & Jing Liu
Craig Buckley

4-5pm Smart Concrete
Exploring the contemporary advancements in material and infrastructural research in relationship to structural, technical, political and social performance.

Jeffrey Inaba
David Benjamin
Daniel Perlin
Liam Young
Michelle Addington
Charles Waldheim

5-6pm Magical States
Observing the shifting boundaries and redefinition of nations around the world to explore the symbolic and programmatic aspects of contemporary architectural methods and tools for nation building.

Amale Andraos
Adina Hempel
Khaled Malas
Azadeh Mashayekhi
Noura Al Sayeh

6-7pm Closing drinks and thoughts by Is This Not a Pipe?



12-1pm Culture Capital & Anger/Love Management & Democratizing Action
Exploring the consequences of the monetization of the architectures and networks of culture and the currency of culture in the spaces, typologies and protocols of the architectures of diplomacy and contemporary political agendas.

Sarah Herda
Phyllis Lambert
Mark Robbins
Sylvia Smith

1-2pm Superlatives
Exploring the expertise involved in producing architectures whose specific aim is to operate at the quantifiable limits of a particular technological or operational aim.

Jonathan Liu
Ross Wimer
Sudhir Jambhekar

2-3pm International Comfort
Examining the historical construction and contemporary forms attached to conceptions of well-being, comfort and leisure around the globe.

Nicholas de Monchaux
Marc Wasiuta
Ana Dana Beros

3-4pm Big Box Rules & Network Patents
Exploring the typologies of trade, the logics that instigate them and the physical landscapes that they in turn enable.

Francisco Gonzalez
Ethel Baraona
Joseph Grima
Jesse LeCavalier

4-5pm Mission Good & Code Upgrade
Exploring the architectural criteria that emerge at the intersection of philanthropy, generosity and cultural colonialism while discussing the history of the US contribution to the writing of building codes and laws that govern the production of cities and buildings internationally, introducing the legal and built protocols that help cultivate a civil society.

Jane Harrison & David Turnbull
Mary Ellen Carrol
Eric Cesal

5-6pm Housing Public Good & Profit Margin
Exploring the architectural, social and political prototypes that allow access to affordable housing as a global human right while looking into the economic dimension of the global production of architecture, with the focus on the agents whose financial interest has the capacity to transform entire cities and territories.

Anthony Fontenot
Keith Krumwiede
Shawn McLearen
Kayoko Ota

6-7pm Closing drinks and thoughts by OfficeUS


All events will be moderated by OfficeUS team members including OfficeUS Curators Eva Franch, Ana Miljacki and Ashley Schafer, Associate and Assistant Curators Michael Kubo and Carlos Minguez and OfficeUS Partners: Arielle Assouline-Lichten, Cooking Sections: Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe, Curtis Roth, Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió, Matteo Ghidoni, and M-A-U-S-E-R: Mona Mahall & Asli Serbest.