Well, I’m off for New York City this weekend for Postopolis! – but there’s a whole lot of news to announce in the meantime, including some new speakers and a relatively up-to-date schedule.
Since I last posted about this thing, we’ve added Keller Easterling, author of Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades, in which you can read about Indonesian piracy, POW camps, hydroponic tomato farms, special economic zones, golf courses, Hindu temples, offshore wind farms, cruise ships, and other “spatial formats” of global capitalism; Jeff Byles, author of Rubble: Unearthing the History of Demolition, where we learn about “the peculiar sounds of failure” as buildings collapse, architecture turning to dust with the help of high explosives (it’s a great book!); Beatriz Colomina, author of Domesticity at War, where she suggests that “postwar American architecture adapted the techniques and materials that were developed for military applications,” turning domesticity into a kind of spatial appropriation of warfare; Monica Hernandez, who’ll be coming in from Lifeform, a NY-based architecture firm whose work focuses on “green building, including material innovations, new technologies, and waste management issues”; Michael Kubo, the North American editor of Actar, who will be discussing blogs, books, online media, and the future of architectural publishing; Matthew Clark, an engineer at Arup; Tobias Frere-Jones, an internationally renowned typographer, discussing typography, signs, and the city; and several others, yet to be announced.
We’ve even printed a bookmark – so you’ll be saving your place in architectural texts with Postopolis! for years to come.
The official schedule, meanwhile, subject to one or two last-minute changes, looks like this:
Tuesday, May 29
3:00pm: Robert Krulwich
3:40pm: Tobias Frere-Jones
5:00pm: Stanley Greenberg
5:40pm: Michael Kubo
6:30pm: Joseph Grima, Director of the Storefront for Art and Architecture, introduces BLDGBLOG, City of Sound, Inhabitat, and Subtopia, who will talk about their blogs, tell bad jokes, sweat through their clothes out of nervousness, then lead a pecha kucha, free and open to the public
Wednesday, May 30
1:30pm: Benjamin Aranda & Chris Lasch
2:10pm: Matthew Clark
4:00pm: Panel on sustainable design with Susan Szenasy, Allan Chochinov, Jill Fehrenbacher, and others to be announced
5:30pm: Scott Marble
6:10pm: Paul Seletsky
6:50pm: Ada Tolla & Giuseppe Lignano
7:30pm: Michael Sorkin & Mitchell Joachim
Thursday, May 31
Friday, June 1
1:30pm: Julia Solis
2:10pm: Andrew Blum
3:00pm: William Drenttel, Tom Vanderbilt, and Michael Bierut
4:10pm: James Sanders
4:50pm: David Benjamin & Soo-in Yang
5:30pm: Kevin Slavin
6:10pm: Eric Rodenbeck
6:50pm: Laura Kurgan
7:30pm: Lawrence Weschler
Saturday, June 2
1:30pm: Conversations with Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina
3:30pm: Keller Easterling
4:15pm: Randi Greenberg
5:00pm: Blogger open house with George Agnew, Alec Appelbaum, Abe Burmeister, John Hill, Miss Representation, Aaron Plewke, Enrique Ramirez, Quilian Riano, Chad Smith, and others to be announced
7:30pm: closing party with food, spilt drinks, and music, open to everyone
Hopefully posts will continue to appear throughout the week – but if you’re anywhere near New York in the next ten days, please come by, say hello, ask questions, stare at Bryan Finoki, use the restroom, become obsessed with architecture, give us hell for not having a single novelist in the line-up (we tried), and so on.
Here’s a map.