Mark wigley



16 May 2016 19:00 pm - Städelschule Aula

Mark Wigley is a renowned architectural theorist. He is professor of architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, and its former dean. For a number of years, Mark has been a guest-professor at the Städelschule, teaching architectural theory.

Having just published the book, Buckminster Fuller Inc. – Architecture in the Age of Radio, Mark Wigley will expand the following argument to embrace the crucial unwritten history of the antenna: If you were to hold the earth in your hands and stroke it like a pet, you would feel the bristles of countless antenna sticking up from mountains and hills, crowning the tallest structures we have built, but also almost every building and now attached to almost everything we build. Since the turn of the twentieth-century, architecture has not been defined by walls but by the radio waves transmitted and received by this empire of antennas.

Mark Wigley studied architecture at the University of Auckland in New Zealand where he received his Ph.D in 1987. In 1989, he was a resident fellow at the Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism. He has won several awards, among them the Triennial Award for Architectural Criticism in 1990 and the Graham Foundation Grant in 1997. In 1988 Mark Wigley co-edited with Philip Johnson the exhibition and publication Deconstructivist Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This may be seen to be the first of his many influential, international pieces of work, to which also belongs a series of books, including Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire (010 Publishers, 1998), White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (MIT Press, 1995) and Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida's Haunt (MIT Press, 1993). His latest book is 'Buckminster Fuller Inc.: Architecture in the Age of Radio' and the forthcoming 'Cutting Matta-Clark: The Anarchitecture Project', both published by Lars Müller Publishers. Wigley is a frequent lecturer and guest at various events and institutions throughout the world.