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Interpreter: The Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture (Grafton Architects)
Core Series
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 6:30pm
Wood Auditorium

The Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Grafton Architects

Response by Kenneth Frampton, Columbia University GSAPP

In the third annual Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture, Grafton Architects Principals Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara explore the architect's role as interpreter of various needs—from from site and space to language and culture—into built form. Drawing on their Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy, and a “new cliff” for the Universidad de Ingeniería & Tecnología (UTEC) that overlooks the Pacific Ocean in Lima, Peru, the architects grapple with highlighting difference, nuance, and social and cultural specificity over an "Esperanto" of architecture, and, recalling the language, literature, and visual metaphors of their native Ireland, question what is lost in translation.


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