15 February 2018 19:00 pm - Städelschule Aula

At the tail end of the “modern” era we find hybrids and misfits. The greatest hybrid of all, the Anthropocene, radically poses new kinds of questions for all cultural disciplines. Domains of nature and technology no longer make sense if viewed within the Enlightenment categories. Hopes for a universal style neatly expressing coherent social progress through benevolent technologies has become an anachronism. Where does that leave architecture? In times of accelerated image proliferation via social media architects seem at a disadvantage to produce content that can keep up. And yet, the circumstances and confusions of our posthumanist era call for a deliberate architecture, which can articulate a conceptual and aesthetic position adequate to the challenges we face. This lecture will expand on the above issues through work produced in my office and my design studios at PennDesign.

Ferda Kolatan is the founding director of su11 architecture+design in New York City and an Associate Professor of Practice at PennDesign. He received his Architectural Diploma with distinction from the RWTH Aachen and his Masters in Architecture from Columbia University where he was the recipient of the LSL Memorial Price and the Honor Award for Excellence in Design.

Mr. Kolatan’s teaching resume includes Columbia University, SCI‐Arc, Cornell, and Pratt among others. He has written about architecture extensively and co‐authored the book “Meander: Variegating Architecture”. His recent design studio at PennDesign received the prestigious 2017 Architect Studio Prize and participated in the 2016 Venice Architectural Biennale.

Mr. Kolatan’s practice su11 architecture+design has been internationally acclaimed and widely published. Exhibitions of their work have been shown at venues such as MoMA, Walker Art Center, Vitra Design Museum, the Beijing and Istanbul Biennales, Archilab Orleans, Art Basel, Artists Space, and the Siggraph and Acadia conferences.