Déjà vu


Hernan Diaz Alonso

SCI-Arc Director / CEO

2015 - now, SCI-Arc director; Principal of the Los Angeles–based architecture office Xefirotarch; Architectural design professor in the Urban Strategies Postgraduate Program at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. 2010, Yale University’s Louis I. Kahn Visting Professor ship of Architectural Design. 2004–2010, Visiting Design Studio Faculty at the GSAPP at Columbia University.  2005, Winner of MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program (YAP) competition; 2013, AR+D Award for Emerging Architecture; 2013, Progressive Architecture Award; 2012, The Educator of the Year award from AIA.

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Déjà vu

 About the Lecture

Architecture through the aesthetics of disorder should remind us of the game of children,only for the sake of play and curiosity, but absolutely serious and committed. Originality should be an aspiration inaesthetics, now in the aesthetics of disorder we can be more open. Pure state of architecture is without obligation proud of work and commitment to uselessness. This idea of aesthetics will modify the tradition of composition and order as an agent to study the shift towards a paradigm of disordered aesthetics instead of the ubiquitous platform of typologies. If the typologies are traditionally seen as categories of standardization and symbolic expressions of form, in terms of aesthetics they are malleable entities thatare in constant metamorphosis; A typology can change, but it can not change, it can be combined or renewed, but it will always be a typology.  Our project proposes to make an extensive journey in the new logics of pollution and construction of structural cultural instability. Radicalize the agenda of the aesthetics of form and architecture,using the possibilities of artificial and natural interaction.

If traditional architecture is needed to determine the degree to which a particular project had reached its extension of beauty, we are just curious and we channel different ways of seeing. It makes itvital and necessary and yes useless in the best sense of the word.  We believe that the sole purpose of architectureis to imagine and challenge the culture of the discipline in all possible angles.


June 27th   19:00 p.m. - 20:30 p.m.


Darkroom Lecture Hall, Tongji D&I