Open Lecture 3. April: Urtzi Grau from New York- Fake Industries Achitectural Agonism: "You are on your own"

The world is full of architecture, more or less interesting; we do not wish to add any more. The last four hundred years of architectural excess produced enough undiscovered public architectural knowledge to nurture, at least, our practice; the last twenty, a hangover of creative-shapes-on-steroids we are trying to recover from. F**k originality. Rather, copies allow us to explore all the potential left unexplored by other’s rush. Knowledge can be public, yet undiscovered, if independently created fragments are logically related but never retrieved, brought together, or re-conceptualized. And that is what we do. Don’t ask us for new stuff, we copy.

Urtzi Grau

Urtzi Grau is principal of Fake Industries Architectural Agonism.About Fake IndustriesHe graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona in 2000, was awarded Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design by the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Columbia University in 2004, and is currently completing his Ph.D. at Princeton University School of Architecture on the 1970's urban renewal of Barcelona. He teaches at the Princeton School of Architecture and Cooper Union and his work and writings have been published in different international journals such as 306090, Architect's Newspaper, Domus, Pasajes de Arquitectura y Critica, Pidgin, Volume, Via Arquitectura and Visions.

Architecural Agonism

Friction in architectural discourse is not only desirable but necessary for the development of the field. The lack of consensus should be taken as an engine for the creation of knowledge and Agonism, in its opposition to Antagonism, as a positive approach to discussions and the creation of polemics in the field. We are interested in the production of strong positions that activate and extend public architectural polemics.

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Lecture at BAS, large auditorium from 14-16.