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INGRAHAM, Catherine

Nothing Comes From Nothing

Date: Monday 5 March 2007
Time: 00:00
Running time: 91 mins
In calling their Yokahama Ferry Terminal an architecture without exteriors Foreign Office Architects perhaps meant that they were no longer thinking of architecture as a material articulation of the relation between interior and exterior space; no longer thinking that architecture needed a face or a facade. Architecture would be, rather, a skin-surface with multiple possibilities that made no meaningful distinction between inside and outside. The lack of distinction between interior and exterior space suggests, simultaneously, the possibility of an architecture with a living skin and an architecture with spatial aphasia, in other words a loss of orientation and location. The connection of life-like architectures with a disoriented architecture is not serendipitous, nor is it meant to discredit the multiple amazing investigations taking place in digital architectures. Instead, this connection is related to particular histories of architectural interiority, monstrosity, animal life, computation, and theories of reproducibility. Catherine Ingraham has lectured and published widely in architecture and architectural history and theory. She is currently a Professor of Architecture in the Graduate Architecture department at Pratt Institute in New York City. Her most recent publication is Architecture, Animal, Human: The Asymmetrical Condition.

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