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441 - THIRD KEYNOTE SESSION: "RE-evolve" – Joshua Prince-Ramus

• Joshua Prince-Ramus | Principal | REX
Date: 11/11/2017 | Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Room: Ballroom ABC
LUHs: 1 | HSW: No | ADA: No | GBCI: No | SD: No
Capacity: Unlimited
Through October 02: $0.00
Through November 03: $0.00
Onsite November 03: $0.00

In most spheres of knowledge, making incremental advancements to one’s own ideas is not only acceptable, but lauded; it signals serious, committed thought. In architecture, appreciation for continual development seems largely reserved for the refinement of an architectural language. Revisiting non-stylistic concepts, however, is regarded as intellectually corrupt — “They’re a one-trick pony!” “They just recycled that idea!” The evolution resulting from that process is often not acknowledged, nor perhaps valued. As a practice committed to architecture doing things, not merely representing things, design is an iterative critique through which an argument evolves. We therefore often return — unapologetically — to our previously advanced ideas to march them further: re-evolution. This lecture will trace a series of formative concepts through pairs of projects, revealing the evolution of the idea within the first project, and the re-evolution of the idea within the second. Prince-Ramus will describe the importance of naming through words and diagrams, and the “naive-critical” process REX follows in achieving these advancements.

About Joshua Prince-Ramus Joshua Prince-Ramus is the founding principal of the internationally-acclaimed architecture firm REX, where he leads the design of all projects. Seminal works include the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, the Vakko Fashion Center and Power Media Center in Istanbul, the Seattle Central Library, and the Guggenheim-Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas. Prince-Ramus led the latter two while he was partner of OMA New York, the firm he rebranded as REX in 2006.

His firm’s work has been recognized with the profession’s top accolades, among them two AIA National Honor Awards, a U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology National Honor Award, and Time magazine’s Building of the Year. Prince-Ramus is the most recent recipient of the Marcus Prize.

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