J. Max Bond Jr. Memorial Lecture: Conversations/Travel

Mark Gardner from NYCOBA introduces the speakers**

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to share a stage with Peter Cook, Billie Tsien, and Ralph Appelbaum for the inaugural J. Max Bond Jr. Memorial Lecture at the Center for Architecture in New York. NYCOBA and AIANY decided that the best way to memorialize Max was to take a close look at the issues that were important to him.  For the first lecture they chose a topic very important to Max’s way of practicing: travel and its influence on architecture.

Peter Cook began by sharing J. Max Bond Jr.’s travels, life and work, focusing on his trips to Africa (Ghana) and his work for communities in DC and elsewhere.
The audience listens to Peter Cook’s presentation.
Billie Tsien presented the process by which twbta is designing a project in India. It was wonderful to see their study of the local material culture and how they are shaping the building.

I presented the ongoing DSGN AGNC projects in Buenaventura and Facatativa Colombia.

More information on all the lectures can be found in the eOculus field report.

Thanks to Kelly Powell and Mark Gardner from NYCOBA, the AIANY and the Center for Architecture for putting together this event in memory of a man whose work continues to influence design students and architects***.

**All images provided by NYCOBA
***I had a chance to write a review of an exhibit of J. Max Bond Jr’s work at the GSD for the Architect’s Newspaper: A Final Lesson From Max Bond

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