Don Kunze

 

… developed his views on metalepsis beginning with architectural studies of recursion (1970, NC State University), through studies of scaling theory (MA, Georgia State 1974), cultural landscape (PhD, Penn State 1983), film (fellowship, U Buffalo 2004), and the surrealist garden (fellowship, LSU 2008). Thanks to the Vernon F Shogren Foundation, the Reyner Banham Fellowship, and Nadine Carter Russell; and to a recent seminar (Fall 2013) at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech., which afforded the help of graduate students and faculty there.  Kunze's last project was co-editing Architecture Postmortem with Simone Brott and David Bertolini. Two of his former books are available on line: Thought and Place (about Giambattista Vico's theory of the imagination) and Atlas of the Obverse, about the other side of nothing.

 

Thanks to the Vernon T. Shogren Foundation, the Department of Architeture at the University of Buffalo, the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, LSU, the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, the Azrieli School of Architecture at Carleton University, the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech., the History and Theory Program at McGill University, and Yale University. Personal thanks for substantive contributions to the theoretical content of Boundary Language and the Metalepsis Workshops go to Michael Jemtrud, Christopher Diehl, David Bertolini, Carolina Dayer, Simone Brott, Berrin Terim, Joseph Wong, Thomas Han, Marco Frascari, and Alireza Moharar. For a full CV click here.

 

Claudio Sgarbi 

 

… grew up in the fertile agricultural land of northern Italy, was educated by some of the most outstanding architects of the School of Venice and of the Ph.D. Program in Architecture of the University of Pennsylvania.  Instead of being directly fully involved in the academic career, he decided to commit himself to the comprehension of building sites and constructions without ever desisting from designing, researching, thinking, imagining, writing and exchanging ideas with students and scholars. He has met Donald Kunze in a mise en abyme and the event has created some fantastic spaces that wait to be perused. 

 

"My background is based on the ideas of Massimo Cacciari, Manfredo Tafuri and Vittorio Gregotti. A further fundamental step in my education was taken after encountering Marco Frascari, Joseph Rykwert and Ivan Illich. The challenges presented by Emanuele Severino on tecno-sciences, the current provocative sociology of Slavoj Zizek and the creative friendship established with Donald Kunze are my current references in my continuous research.  I consider myself a structuralist with a radical 'curiosity' and with the impulse to openly expose our limitations and our frames of mind. I always try to formulate complex, fundamental and basic questions and try to give structured and radical answer."

 

"I imagine architecture as the construing and the constructing of a philosophy of everyday life: the art of tacit and shared knowledge, our incomplete habitus; architecture is a manifestation of the meaningful limits and the aporia of our knowledge. I have a strong faith in the interpersonal, unmediated relationship between individuals: I consider the personal direct common exchange of knowledge as the most precious source of humanity and the materia prima (the philosophical stone) of architecture."