UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Architect, author, and scholar born in New Zealand Mark Wigley will join the Stuckeman School and Penn State’s Department of Architecture remotely at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 as part of the school’s lecture and exhibit series. The event is free and open to the public and will be broadcast by WPSU at watch.psu.edu/stuckemanseries.
Wigley is Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where he served as Dean from 2004 to 2014. Prior to his appointment to Columbia, he taught at Princeton University School of Architecture from 1987 to 1999, where he was also appointed Director of Graduate Studies.
In his speech titled “Konrad Wachsmann’s Television: Post-Architectural Transmissions”, Wigley will explore the remarkable career of Konrad Wachsmann, the legendary expert in building industrialization who inspired so many architects and remains of urgent topicality today. hui. Wigley argues that Wachsmann was truly an “anti-architect” who gradually dissolved architecture into the flow of information and ultimately into the electromagnetic waves of television. Wachsmann literally designed clouds, producing alluring, even hypnotic structures, and revolutionizing the teaching of architecture.
Wigley has written extensively on the theory and practice of architecture and is the author of “Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire (1998);” “White walls, designer dresses: the shaping of modern architecture (1995); And “The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida’s Haunt (1993)”. He also co-edited “The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationalist Architectures from Constant’s New Babylon to Beyond (2001)”.
In 2005, Wigley co-founded “Volume” magazine with Rem Koolhaas and Ole Bouman as part of a collaborative project with Archis, publisher and think tank in Amsterdam; AMO, a design studio in Rotterdam; and C-lab, the experimental urban planning and architecture think tank at Columbia University.
Wigley organized the exhibition entitled “Deconstructivist Architecture” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York with Philip Johnson in 1988, and others at the Drawing Center, New York; Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal; and Witte de With Museum, Rotterdam.
Wigley has several awards to his credit, including the Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism Resident Fellowship, the International Committee of Architectural Critics’ Triennial Award for Architectural Criticism, and a grant from the Graham Foundation.
Wigley received his BA in Architecture and PhD from the University of Auckland.