unfinished book launched at city college, new york

on november 19, the spitzer school of architecture hosted a book launch for the publication that accompanies its current gallery exhibition, unfinished, winner of the 2016 golden lion award at la biennale di venezia. the celebration included a gallery talk with former spitzer visiting critic and co-curator of the show iñaqui carnicero and was followed by a reception.

the panel of speakers included:

iñaqui carnicero, visiting professor city college 2018, partner rica studio

debora mesa, visiting professor georgia tech, partner ensamble studio

nader tehrani, dean cooper union, partner nadaa

sunil bald, assoc. dean yale university, partner studio sumo

kenneth frampton, ware professor, columbia university

stan allen, professor,  dean emeritus princeton university, partner stan allen architect 

maria hurtado de mendoza, assoc. professor njit, partner, partner estudio__entresitio  

cristina goberna, visiting professor cooper union, partner fkaa 

anna puigjaner (late), assoc. prof. columbia university, partner maio architecture 

julio salcedo, chair city college, partner scalar architecture 

the unfinished exhibition was originally curated for the spanish pavilion at the venice international architecture biennale 2016. the exhibition’s goal is to take a look at unfinished architecture in order to discover virtues that can be turned into design strategies. during the past period of economic growth in spain, construction became the main driving force behind the economy.  today we find the presence of the unfinished remains of the largest constructional undertaking in history, which left behind an awkward layout and large, partially built, and unconsolidated structures. unfinished sets out to explore creative speculations on converting a past condition into positive contemporary action.