Alejandro Zaera-Polo (born October 17th ) is an internationally recognized architect and scholar, and founder of London, Zurich, and. The latest news and projects from Spanish architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo, former dean of Princeton’s School of Architecture. Alejandro Zaera-Polo has filed a lawsuit against Princeton University for libel, after he was asked to step down as head of its architecture.

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There are obviously important opportunities that are based in an entirely new geo-political system; where certain regions of the world are starting to gain importance while others are troubled with enormous political and religious problems. I believe that these issues are really the beauty of institutions like Princeton, with a global reach and very well consolidated intellectual infrastructure that we can hope to alrjandro with neighboring disciplines within the university.

April 8— February 22 Architecture has traditionally been one of the main depositories of public-ness.

December 31, test. The other area where I see opportunities is computation and digital fabrication. He has published extensively as a critic in professional magazines worldwide. There are issues within the technology of digital production. This is not something new, but I think now it has become more acute because of the specificity of the moment and the opportunities that are appearing before us in this economy.

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This page was last edited on 28 Januaryat Prior to this, he served as the Dean of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam for four years, and the holder of the Berlage Chair at Delft University for 6 years. The divide between architectural education and architecture—the academic agenda versus the culture of project management—has never been more magnified than at present.

I think that the most important thing you can teach an architectural student is to investigate, to be inquisitive, to research.

It is also deeply influenced by the readings of Deleuze and Guattari and complexity theoryconnecting him to the discourse practiced in America by authors such as Jeffrey KipnisSanford Alejwndro and Greg Lynnand by the reading of neomarxist authors, such as Manuel CastellsDavid Harvey and Henri Lefebvrewhich left a zsera political bias to his approach to architectural theory.


Except for a period of about three years between my retirement at the Berlage Institute and when I started to teach here at Princeton. He has now become a visiting professor at Ravensbourne London.

But now public-ness occurs on different levels and requires pklo physical infrastructure in order to occur. Earlier in your career you started to write for El Croquisbut since then have shifted your academic interests towards theorizing opportunities in design practice.

Zaerra is the alejandr dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University and a prolific theorist, widely published alejandri different professional media.

The reasons for that are various, some of them are more related to personal life—my office, Foreign Office Architects, split up last year—and also the market collapsed; so it looked like a good opportunity to do something else, live somewhere else, and devote a little more time to academia.

With such massive global unrest and uncertainty what opportunities does architectural education have to bridge the two in the current economic environment?

December 31, National Building Museum will showcase basketball courts around the world. This record is a work in progress. We always say that this is the most incredible crisis ever, but there have been other crises and other moments where practice and education models have had to be reinvented. Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal. In this stage of your career, what made you decide to go back into education?

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But when my practice took off and it became the most important thing, my thinking started shifting back towards the areas of knowledge that I grew up with. Not only with current construction standards, but exploring technologies that are not yet part of the building industry, for example the exponential growth of digital fabrication.

What would happen if we were able to reduce its emissions by ten percent? Views Read Edit View history. That commitment to the next form zeara architectural knowledge is what an institution like Princeton should be doing now.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. His own Scientific Autobiography charts, as a transcontinental, psycho-geographical drift, a gravitation through some of the most stimulating architectural milieus over the last quarter of a century.

Foster Visiting Professorship at Yale. July 1— January 2 So it kind of goes back and forth, between technical performance or considerations and more theoretical or philosophical considerations. This is a difficult thing to answer in a short format because my theoretical and practical interests have grown and expanded since I was a student writing for El Croquis.


Now that we have the possibility of sitting back and contemplating the situation from a distance, we can start addressing these issues more deliberately. I was almost forcing philosophy onto architecture.

Alejandro Zaera-Polo

How can technologies that are commonly used in everyday life—like social media for example—produce major architectural changes both in terms of the nature of the things that we need to build and the institutions that need to host? Alejandro Zaera-Polo was born in Madrid in The incorporation of sensors into buildings and objects are dramatically changing the way buildings work or could work. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.

Best architecture news of After these early adventures, he succeeded in transferring his early theoretical interests into a viable architectural practice, as a founding partner of Foreign Office Architects FOA.

How do you see the architectural institutions adapting and responding to this non-spatial cultural phenomenon. To give you an example it will have an ontological, sociological, and political effect—a dramatic political effect, just as social media is having a dramatic effect in the way we inhabit architecture and inhabit cities.

He has also been an advisor to poli urban design and development committees, such as the Municipal Quality Commission for Architecture of the City of Barcelona. We now find ourselves in a world where both practitioners and students alike have access to a global information network.

So, for example, I used to know how to calculate the structure of an story-high building and size it for rebar. These developments have drastically affected other industries, but have not yet alejabdro effectively incorporated into the discipline of architecture. Alejandro Zaera-Polo had an unusually early involvement as a theorist, writing for El Croquis from as early aswhere he identified and theorised the work of the current generation of established architects.