"Building Bad: How Architectural Utility is Constrained by Politics and Damaged by Expression"
April 14, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
In a free, live, virtual "Chats in the Stacks" book talk, Jonathan Ochshorn discusses his latest book, Building Bad: How Architectural Utility is Constrained by Politics and Damaged by Expression (Lund Humphries, 2021), where he examines how utilitarian function in architecture can be thwarted by political and economic forces, and undermined by artistic expression. In considering several contemporary buildings and projects, Ochshorn avoids advocating for a specific style or practice but provides an objective framework for analyzing architecture through the lens of utility.
Sponsored by the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library, Cornell University, the talk is followed by a live Q&A.
Link to video forthcoming.
"Control Layers, Abstraction, and Utilitarian Dysfunction"
March 3, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Zoom meeting / Webinar
At this must-see Zoom presentation, Jonathan Ochshorn will outline a theory of "building bad"; that is, he will explain how architectural utility — the functionality of buildings — can be constrained by economics and politics, while also being damaged by forms of architectural expression.
This continuing education program is FREE for CSI members, and $20 for non-members (Notice: Any money raised will go towards the Edward Goldberg Memorial Scholarship Fund). This program has AIA Continuing Education Credits PENDING (1 LU/HSW Credit).
Sponsored by the Syracuse Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).
Last updated 16 April 2022.