The most recent Power conference sponsored by TCAUP addressed the structures of power (government, practice, etc) that influences how architects practice today.

Gordon Gill’s lecture, the “Language of Performance,” focused primarily on the integration of mechanical systems and structure into one architecture.  His work considers the city as a network and uses evidence based design to make point for his arguments.

C-Lab by Inaba investigates looking at social spaces at all scales, with one of the crowd’s favorites, their table designs, being an exemplary model.

Harwick and Walzak presented on a Living Building, which uses algae systems to turn CO2 into energy for the building. Formed by environmental rather than cultural or social factors, as an architecture it failed to address the range of issues architecture is measured by.

Jay L. Berman of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, had one of the more interesting lectures.  He spoke of the architect as a double agent, one who was interested in how architecture affects public life while working for private developers.  His work investigates the advocacy of the private sector for public services.  In Mumbia, there exist old mill sites, which have been immune from development until just recently.  These exceptions and exclusions are now being privately developed, yet the question of who is responsible for public amenities is now being asked.  In Timeout Mumbai, Berman investigates this issue.

Dan Wood, from Work AC, investigated architecture as both dangerous and benign, with an interest in the architectural parasite on power.  Interestingly, he categorized work based on aversion of risk.  Non-profits and the firms own initiated work along with work for their wealthier clients achieved the most success, as it could risk the most.  Architecture for the middle of the road developer often failed because it could not risk enough.
Architect’s to whisper, subvert and transform within the alliance, exhibited in the work of Green Belt City for Las Vegas.

http://work.ac/hua-qiang-bei-road/
http://work.ac/green-belt-city-las-vegas/

Keller Easterling spoke of “architecture as infrastructure” as in it like a road, train track, etc is made of repeatable units”

Hillary, IDEO, Sarah Dunn, Urbanlab, Marion Weiss, deny the disciplinary boundaries, power to the people.  Edward Francois, copy + paste.

Anca closed the conference with the emphasis on architects tactics as strength to be considered by power.  It is our job to define, hone, and frame our strengths to move power.

Versimilitude – the apperance or semblance of truth.

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