Unfinished Book Launched at Spitzer

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 (pictured from left, above):

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, Assoc. Professor NJIT, Partner, Partner Entresitio Architects 
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.

We are thrilled to have this internationally renowned show here at the Spitzer School of Architecture, the only venue it will visit in the United States. Unfinished comes to us through the generous partnerships with the Ministry of Culture, Embassy of Spain; Acción Cultural Española (AC/E); Spain Arts and Culture; Spanish Ministry of Public Works; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent of Art Program.

Read the exhibition’s feature on Metalocus here.

The exhibition is on view until February 8, 2019.