Natasha Sandmeier and Madelon Vriesendorp

Couple FORMAT 4

Series: FORMAT Issue 6, organised and hosted by Shumon Basar
Date: Friday 15 July 2016
Time: 18:00
Venue: New Soft Room
Running time: 100 mins

FORMAT is a ‘live magazine’ looking at the shapes that discourse takes. The sixth issue takes place at the AA in Summer 2016, and runs from July 6 to July 15. Open to the public, and free of charge, FORMAT No.6 focuses on ‘Couple Format.’ Mathematically speaking, a couple is the smallest unit of collaboration and therefore the most potent (or poisonous). Can we think of a working life together, or apart, as possessing shape? Stories on Couple Formats bring inspiration, solace or simple guidance on how to be ourselves.


Natasha Sandmeier and Madelon Vriesendorp will present the Couple Formats of New York’s urban mythologies 5th Avenue & Broadway and the Empire State & Chrysler Buildings.


Natasha Sandmeier has taught at the AA since 2001 and in addition to Diploma 9, she directs the AA Summer School. She is also a registered architect and has worked in architectural offices in Boston, London, Athens and in Rotterdam at OMA, where she was the Project Architect for the Seattle Public Library. She is the author of the AA Agendas title, Little Worlds (2014).


Madelon Vriesendorp co-founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) with Rem Koolhaas, and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis in 1975. Her solo show at the Architectural Association in 2008 subsequently travelled to Berlin, the Venice Architecture Biennale, and Basel, and in 2013 she made an installation for O interior está no exterior, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist at Lina Bo Bardi’s Glass House in São Paulo. Vriesendorp is one of the artists in the touring exhibition Lina Bo Bardi: Together.”



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