The 2020 AIA Baltimore & BAF Spring Lecture Series will explore unbuilt architecture and design work. Speakers will showcase and discuss their unbuilt, speculative, and/or dismantled work, including competitions, explorations, and research. The series will explore why projects go unrealized and create a dialogue about what could have been, what is, and what can be.
Lecture 2: Unfolding
Carla Swickerath, Studio Libeskind
Seema D. Iyer, PhD, University of Baltimore
Between concept design and project realization, there is a multitude of unknowable factors that impact the outcome building projects. The architect’s role in navigating the interests of various stakeholders is to compromise, while staying true to the greater vision for the project. The architect must also consider site context and the needs of the community to achieve just and equitable outcomes.
Carla Swickerath of Studio Libeskind will explore the currents that impact architecture through the lens of four seminal projects: the rebuilding of the World Trade Center post 9/11; the 1996 extension to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; a new museum for the Kurds in Iraq; and the iconic sky garden tower, One Madison, in the heart of Manhattan.
Seema Iyer of University of Baltimore will discuss Baltimore’s Vital Signs—the data gathered by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicator’s Alliance that reveal key indicators that stand as major barriers to truly achieving a more just and equitable city. Importantly, community-based indicators can expose the magnitude of issues that neighborhoods face in order to help communities set clear and measurable goals towards removing barriers and improving quality of life.
This lecture will reveal why projects go unbuilt by reflecting upon lessons learned and examining data gathered through urban research, and how these factors inform future built work.Learn More