Symposium / design tactics & the informalized city / Cornell University

Sabine Müller is invited speaker at “Design Tactics & the Informalized City” symposium at Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning.

Informality, which was first categorized and described in the 1970s, is now pervasive — across cities, in the places we live, work, and move through the everyday. For many, the informal is no longer a discrete sector appended to the workings of the “formal” city, but an integral effect of the structuring of cities and landscapes by contemporary economic, political, and technological change. Self-built architectures and urban agglomerations, ambivalent landscapes, nomadic and temporal spatial manifestations of informalized are situationally specific, but globally ubiquitous. Design Tactics and the Informalized City symposium brings a discussion of this reality to disciplines that work on the city in material and spatial terms: architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, engineering, media and product design. Charged with shaping and managing living environments, usually on behalf of instituted powers, these disciplines confront significant questions in encountering the informalized city. Working practices and ways of representing urban phenomena, the appropriate medium and matter of design, even conceptions of agency, constituency and purpose, all come to the fore as matters for critical and creative inquiry. The symposium brings together international practitioners from diverse design fields to explore these questions through discussions of recent, compelling work.


Speakers: Alfredo Brillembourg, Teddy Cruz, Richard Dobson, Neil Gershenfeld, Rupali Gupte, Hubert Klumpner, Rahul Mehrotra, Maurice Mitchell, Sabine Müller, Priti Parikh, Alessandro Petti, Marjetica Potrč, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto

Organized by Lily Chi, Jeremy Foster, Neema Kudva, and Caroline O’Donnell


Cornell University
College of Architecture, Art and Planning
129 Sibley Dome
Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

April 13-14, 2012


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Symposium “Design Tactics & the Informalized City”, Cornell University