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The Best Spatial Projects of 2018 Presented in All-Day Symposium "In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day" on January 19, 2019


The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s all-day symposium In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day returns on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Devoted to the most exciting and critical spatial projects of 2018, the event will present a global spectrum of innovative and socially conscious architecture, contemporary art, photography, and cutting-edge research. The speakers include renowned international architects, artists, curators, theorists, and filmmakers who will discuss and present on vital new projects completed in the past twelve months that touch on the most pressing issues of our time. In its third year, the symposium will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Met Fifth Avenue. Since its inception in 2016, more than 3,100 visitors have attended.

This program is made possible by Aēsop.

Dezeen is the media sponsor for In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day.

Additional support is provided by Daniel Brodsky, Diego Marroquin, Suchi Reddy / Reddymade, Philip Lehman Foundation, Sara Meltzer, and Dr. William Pordy.

The program’s keynote speaker, Eyal Weizman, will discuss the research agency Forensic Architecture, which he founded in 2010, where strategic visualization practices are applied to politics, complex court cases, and conflict zones. Weizman is an architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, and director of Forensic Architecture. The Forensic Architecture agency is committed to developing and disseminating new evidentiary techniques and works on behalf of international prosecutors, human rights and civil society groups, and political and environmental justice organizations—including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, B’Tselem, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and the United Nations, among others.

The symposium will include a conversation between Elizabeth Diller, Founding Partner and Director of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, David Lang, composer, and Beatrice Galilee, Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at The Met, about The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clockUte Meta Bauer, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, will moderate the panel discussion In Our Future—Design in a Post-Human Age with Kate Crawford, the co-founder and co-director (with Meredith Whittaker) of the AI Now Institute, James Bridle multidisciplinary artist and author of New Dark Age, and Vincent Fournier, photographer and creator of the Space Project series. In this session, artists, designers and anthropologists will explore design and architecture in an era of artificial intelligence and the necessary adaptation of our species to the new climates and territories of the future.

Complete List of Symposium Presenters and Topics:

Frida Escobedo, Serpentine Pavilion 2018; Kunlé Adeyemi, NLÉ, Black Rhino Academy; Ma Yansong, MAD Architects, Huangshan Mountain Village; Liam Young, Seoul City Machine; Minsuk Cho, Mass Studies, DMZ Vault of Life and Knowledge; Chasper Schmidlin and Lukas Voellmy, Voellmy Schmidlin, Muzeum Susch; Elizabeth Diller and David Lang in conversation with Beatrice Galilee, Conversation: The Mile-Long Opera; Jing Liu, SO-IL, North Fork House; Michael Rakowitz, The Invisible Enemy Should NotExist, Carla Juaçaba, Vatican Chapel; Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Blue; Ellen van Loon, OMA, Qatar National Library; Freddy Mamani, New Andean Architecture; and Kate Crawford, James Bridle, Vincent Fournier, moderated by Ute Meta Bauer, Panel: In Our Future—Design in a Post-Human Age. 

In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day is free with Museum admission; advance registration is recommended. Space is limited and not guaranteed. Register for the morning sessionRegister for the afternoon session. The event will be live streamed on the Dezeen homepage and on The Met’s Facebook page and will be featured FacebookInstagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #InOurTime.

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