Adjunct Faculty Whitney Moon to Present Paper at Buffalo Conference

Adjunct Faculty and UCLA Ph.D. Candidate Whitney Moon to present paper, "The Architectural Installation: Diller and Scofidio, 1979-89" at the 66th Annual Society of Architectural Historians Conference in Buffalo, NY this April 10-14, 2013.

"Despite their current recognition as one of the most prominent architectural firms building today, New York City-based architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio spent their first ten years (1979-89) engaged exclusively with works that were, up until now, deemed anything but architecture. Rather than relegating themselves to the conventions of architectural production—the design and construction of buildings—Diller and Scofidio carried out a series of material experiments to challenge the limits of their discipline. Comprised of interactive objects, temporary installations, and stage sets for theatrical performances, these early works demonstrated not only unconventional modes of architectural production, but also architecture’s capacity to happen in unexpected forms and places. Little scholarly attention has been paid to these early works, resulting in a forgotten and misunderstood legacy. This paper, The Architectural Installation: Diller and Scofidio, 1979-89, focuses on the first five installations created by Diller and Scofidio, exposing the significance of these early works with respect to the development of postmodern architecture."


Paper Abstract  



Image Credits:

Diller and Scofidio, Traffic (1981)

Diller and Scofidio, Sen)nel/Civic Plots (1983)

Diller and Scofidio, Gate (1984)

Diller and Scofidio, The withDrawing Room (1987)

Diller and Scofidio, Para-Site (1989)


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