Itohan Osayimwese is an architectural and urban historian. She is Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture at Brown University, Providence / USA. She engages with theories of modernity, postcoloniality, and globalization to analyze German colonial architecture, urban design, and visual culture; modern architecture in Germany; African and African diaspora material cultural histories; and the architecture of development in Africa. Another research interest is the architectural and urban lives of religious cults.
Her book, Colonialism and Modern Architecture in Germany, considers the effects of colonialism on the development of modern architecture in Germany from the 1850s until the 1930s. Her current book project, From Barbados to Boston, explores the transformative effects of migration on Anglo-Caribbean built environments and societies after Emancipation. Another book project introduces English-speaking scholars to the first German-language survey of African architecture published in 1894, and revises our understanding of the origins of the study of African art.
Xu Tiantian/DnA_Design and Architecture
Xu Tiantian opened her own architectural office in Beijing in 2003. Since 2014 she has been developing a new strategy of small-scale interventions with the regional administration of Songyang and the local economy, from which the entire spatial area can benefit.
The interventions of DnA strive for an interaction between rural and urban characteristics. The projects are spread across the region like a network of acupuncture. They activate the local economy, strengthen the cultural identity and take care of the environment and community.
Keller Easterling, American Architect, Author and Professor at Yale University, is researching in the way the spatial production of our living environment is logistically balanced and overlaid with technological developments. She pursues this on a very high theoretical and linguistic level without losing sight of the specific social dimension and political potential of urban space.
With “Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades”she laid the theoretical foundation for a fresh yet critical view of the political gaps in the system of increasingly globalised architecture production. In “Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space” she examined the infrastructure network as a “community medium” and established ground-breaking points for the contemporary discussion on architecture and urban research. Easterling is considered to be one of the most important intellectual voices in the international discussion on architecture.
The Schelling Architecture Foundation recognizes the British-Canadian author for the new perspective with which he explores the causes of basic parameters leading to the need for and the influences on new accommodation solutions for immigrants in Western societies. In doing so he has also developed basic principles for urban development that will ultimately determine the success or failure of our urban living conditions in the 21st century. In 2011 he recorded his observations and intensive research of the subject of migration in twenty metropolitan areas across all continents in the book „Arrival City“ and in 2012 in „The Myth of the Muslim Tide“.
Pallasmaa’s career – now spanning over nearly six decades – encompasses the full spectrum of building, teaching, writing, editing, lecturing and curating. The true fruit of Pallasmaa’s prodigious life-work lies patently in his thinking about architecture: that is, in his prolific and continuously evolving writing, as well as in his teaching of the discipline. Not surprisingly, Pallasmaa takes a clear stance with regard to moral imperatives in our discipline, considering the responsible rôle that architecture plays in its conditioning of lives.