Architecture lecture | Heterogeneous Constructions

Please join us for the first in the Heterogeneous Constructions lecture series. This event will feature a conversation between artist Marlon de Azambuja and architect and historian Jesús Vassallo, moderated by RISD Architecture faculty Aaron Forrest and Brett Schneider and Harvard GSD faculty Yasmin Vobis. The Heterogeneous Constructions series explores ideas and practices that challenge contemporary conventions around architectural materials, bringing together leading thinkers and makers from a range of disciplines. The series is funded by the RISD Architecture Design Research Seed Fund. 

Marlon de Azambuja was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1978. He studied at the Edilson Viriato Center for Contemporary Art in Curitiba, Brazil. He currently lives and works in Madrid.

Jesús Vassallo is a Spanish architect and writer, and currently an associate professor at Rice University. His work focuses on the problem of realism in architecture through the production of design and scholarship. He is the author of Seamless: Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture (Park Books, 2016), and Epics in the Everyday: Photography, Architecture and the Problem of Realism (Park Books, 2019). His articles have been published internationally in magazines such as El Croquis, AA Files, 2G, Log, Harvard Design Magazine, Domus, or Arquitectura Viva.

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Monday, April 12 at 11:30am to 1:00pm

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Annie Mock

Annie Mock left a positive review Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The presentations and works of Marlon de Azambuja and Jesus Vassallo were excellent and enlightening! I was excited by the images and spaces Vassallo shared and how fragments of aging structures evolved/ were transformed into new experiences with unexpected material interventions and rich compositional potential. Marlon's constructions of Brutalist materials were beautiful. Many were objects to be observed from different perspectives and offered fresh insight into some structures which have not aged well. I enjoyed the presentations and sorry to miss the Q and A.​