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Studio-X Global Network Initiative | GSAPP and Lapham's Quarterly present

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A conversation with  

LEWIS H. LAPHAM, Founder and Editor, Lapham’s Quarterly

ROBERT KRULWICH, Science Correspondent, NPR; Host, Radiolab

JEFFREY INABA, Director, C-Lab, GSAPP, Columbia University

ANDREW DOLKART, Director, Historic Preservation Program, GSAPP

Moderated by


Dean, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Columbia University


Tuesday, November 9th

6:30pm reception

7:00pm conversation


An exhibition by GSAPP's C-LAB will be on view before and after the conversation.



LEWIS H. LAPHAM is the founder and editor of Lapham's Quarterly. The editor emeritus of Harper's Magazine, Lapham was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors Hall of Fame in 2007. He is the author of thirteen books, among them Money and Class in America, The Wish for Kings, Waiting for the Barbarians and Theater of War.  He produces a weekly broadcast, “The World in Time” for Bloomberg News, and his documentary film, The American Ruling Class has become part of the curriculum in many of the nation's schools and colleges. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Lapham has lectured at many of the nation's leading universities, including Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth and Stanford.

ROBERT KRULWICH covers science for National Public Radio and is Co-host of NPR's Radiolab. His specialty is explaining complex subjects - science, technology, economics - in a style that is clear, compelling and entertaining. For several decades he was a correspondent at ABC and CBS News. TV Guide called him "the most inventive network reporter in television".  He has explored the structure of DNA with a banana, created his own Italian Opera "Ratto Interesso" to explain how the Federal Reserve regulates interest rates, he pioneered the use of new animation on ABC's Nightline, World News, and on NPR's Internet site to explore cellular biology and subprime lending. Krulwich regularly appears on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. His program, Radiolab is a national radio series that explores new developments in science for people who are curious but not usually drawn to science shows. "I like talking about ideas, and I especially like creating images that will keep those ideas in peoples' heads for hours, days, even months" he says. In 2007, The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine gave Radiolab its top honor for excellence in communicating science to the general public. In 2009, Radiolab won the  American Association for the Advancement of Science Excellence in radio award.  He has also won three Emmys, A Polk Award, a Dupont Award and the National Cancer Institute's Extraordinary Communicator's Award. 

JEFFREY INABA is the Director of C-LAB, a research unit at Columbia University‘s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation which tests experimental forms of architectural communication and broadcasts urban and architecture issues of public consequence. He is the Features Editor of Volume Magazine, and the author of numerous publications, including the recent book, World of Giving (Lars Müller Publishers, 2010). Jeffrey Inaba is the founder of INABA, an architecture office that specializes in content development and design. He serves on the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel in Los Angeles and as an advisor to several private institutions. Inaba received Master of Architecture with Distinction and MA in Philosophy of Architecture degrees from Harvard University, and an AB with Highest Honors from the University of California, Berkeley.

ANDREW S. DOLKART is the Director of the Historic Preservation Program and the James Marston Fitch Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.  He is a historian specializing in the architecture and development of New York City and is the author of several award winning books, including Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development, Biography of a Tenement House in New York City: An Architectural History of 97 Orchard Street, and, most recently, The Row House Reborn: Architecture and Neighborhoods in New York City, 1908-1929. He is currently working on an exhibition and book on the architecture and development of the Garment District.

MARK WIGLEY was appointed Dean of GSAPP in 2004. He is also a co-founder, with Rem Koolhaas and Ole Bouman, of Volume Magazine.  An accomplished scholar and design teacher, Mark Wigley has written extensively on the theory and practice of architecture and is the author of Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire (1998); White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (1995); and The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida’s Haunt (1993). He co-edited The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationalist Architectures from Constant’s New Babylon to Beyond (2001). Wigley has served as curator for widely attended exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Drawing Center, New York; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and Witte de With Museum, Rotterdam. He received both his Bachelor of Architecture (1979) and his Ph.D. (1987) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.


Co-sponsored by Lapham’s Quarterly and Studio-X, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.

Wine provided by Palm Bay International.

When & Where

Off-site Studio-X event at
92Y Tribeca
200 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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Lapham's Quarterly and Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Lewis H. Lapham, Founder and Editor

Published four times a year, each issue of Lapham’s Quarterly adopts and explores a single theme, such as War, Money, Nature, and Education, each created with an aim to help readers find historical threads from Homer to Queen Elizabeth I to George Patton, from Aesop to Edith Wharton to Joan Didion. New essays from writers such as Stanley Fish, Salman Rushdie, and Francine Prose then knot each theme together. The current fall issue explores urban pasts and futures through the theme of The City.

Mark Wigley, Dean

The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York City, also known simply as GSAPP, is regarded as one of the most important and prestigious architecture schools in the world. The school confers Masters Degrees in Architecture, Advanced Architectural Design, Architecture and Urban Design, Urban Planning, Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development, and Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture as well as a Doctoral Degree in Architecture. All programs share a commitment to both professional training and research. The curriculum and philosophy stress the necessity of analyzing and challenging the underlying history, premises, and future directions of the design professions, even as students are prepared to become accomplished practitioners in their respective fields of specialization.

Malwina Łyś-Dobradin, Director of Global Network Programming

Studio-X is GSAPP’s global network of advanced research laboratories for exploring the future of cities. With locations in New York, Beijing, Amman, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, and Moscow, it is a new platform for incubating conversation about the future of the built environment – intense collaborative workshop by day, energizing event space by night.

Jeffrey Inaba, Director

The mission of C-LAB is to test experimental forms of architectural communication. Rethinking architecture at a global scale, the lab sets up creative partnerships to broaden the range and increase the intensity of architectural discourse – launching unique events, provisional networks, special issues of magazines, video streams, radio and webcasts. The lab acts as a kind of training camp and energy source for incubating new channels for debate about architecture. Together with Archis and AMO, C-Lab produces Volume, an independent architecture quarterly whose recent issues cover American ‘60s Counterculture, Storytelling, the Moon, and the Arabian Gulf.

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