Doppler Redux: Somol/Whiting
Somol and Whiting co-authored "Notes around the Doppler Effect and Other Moods of Modernism," an enduring work of architectural theory that argues against the idea of a "critical architecture" in favor of one that would be "projective." They return to PennDesign this spring to continue the conversation as the last installment of the 2011 Spring Lecture Series.
Robert Somol is Director of the School of Architecture, a position that he as held since 2007. He has previously taught at the Ohio State University, Princeton University, UCLA, University of Michigan, Rice University, Columbia University, and Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Somol is the co-designer of "off-use" an award-winning studio and residence in Los Angeles that as completed in 2002. He is the author and contributor to several publications with written work appearing in publications ranging from Assemblage to Wired. Somol's writings focus on modernism and its modes of repetition, the emergence of the diagram in postwar architecture, landscape and interior urbanism, and the criticism of contemporary architectural practices and pedagogy. He authored Autonomy and Ideology: Positioning an Avant Garde in America, and the forthcoming Nothing to Declare.
Sarah Whiting is the William Ward Watkin Professor and Dean of the Rice School of Architecture. She has previously taught at Princeton University, Harvard's Graduate School of Design, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Kentuky, and the University of Florida. Whiting is a design principle of WW Architecture, an internationally recognized design practice based in Houston, Texas. She had previously worked in the offices of Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. In addition to work in practice Whiting has shaped the conversation in her many writings on urban and architectural theory including Beyond Surface Appeal: Literalism, Sensibilities, and Constituencies in the Work of James Carpenter and Superblock Urbanism: Chicago's Elastic Grid.
This event is free and open to the public. PennDesign is a registered provider of continuing education programming for the American Institute of Architects.