Nicholas de Monchaux will be presenting the public lecture:
Local Code / Real Estates
This will be held at 6pm drinks for a 6:30pm start on Wednesday, 17th October 2012, Level 5, UTS School of Architecture (located directly behind the lifts), Faculty of DAB (Building 6), 702 – 730 Harris St, Broadway 2007
Local Code uses geospatial analysis to identify thousands of publicly owned abandoned sites in major US cities, imagining this distributed, vacant landscape as a new urban system. Operating at the intersection ofurban data and parametric techniques, the design proposals and techniques offered by Local Code / Real Estates also occupy a series of conceptual and historical spaces, drawing from the work of architect-turned-artist Gordon Matta-Clark, critiquing yet also appropriating the system-driven military-industrial techniques at the heart of both geospatial and parametric software, and speculating on the design ramifications of new understandings of urban robustness, resilience and evolution.
Nicholas de Monchaux is an architect and urbanist whose work explores the intersections between nature, technology, and the city. He is the author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (MIT Press, 2011), an Architectural history of the Apollo 11 Spacesuit. de Monchaux received a B.A. with distinction in Architecture, from Yale, and his M.Arch. from Princeton . He has worked as a designer for Michael Hopkins & Partners in London, and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro in New York. Until 2006, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia. He is currently Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley. de Monchaux’s work has been published and reviewed in Log, Architectural Design, the New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and have been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Macdowell Colony, the Santa Fe Institute, and the Smithsonian Institution. The work of his Oakland-based design studio has been exhibited widely, including at the 2010 Biennial of the Americas and SFMOMA, and is featured in the US Pavilion of the 13th Venice Architecture Bienalle in fall 2012. He has received design awards and citations from the International Union of Architects, Pamphlet Architecture, and the Van Alen Institute in New York.
Image: Nicholas de Monchaux, Local Code / Real Estates San Francisco, installation at SFMOMA, Spring 2012. Photograph by Matthew Millman