Storefront is pleased to invite you to our second edition of the INTERROGATION SERIES presenting the book Event-Cities 4 on Friday November 12, 7pm, through an inquisitive dialogue between Bernard Tschumi and Peter Cook.


About the book:

Event-Cities 4 (MIT Press, 2010) is the latest in the Event-Cities series from Bernard Tschumi, documenting recent built and theoretical projects in the context of his evolving views on architecture, urbanism, and design. In this collection, Tschumi introduces the “Concept-Form”: a concept generating a form, or a form generating a concept, so that one reinforces the other. The concept may be programmatic, technological, or social. The form may be singular or multiple, regular or irregular. Concept-forms act as organizing devices or common denominators for the multiple dimensions of programs and their evolution over time, and drive the projects featured in this book.

Highlights of the more than twenty recent projects in the book include a media zone in Abu Dhabi, a museum and visitors’ center in Alésia, France, a pedestrian bridge in La-Roche-sur-Yon, France, and a master plan for a sprawling new city in the Dominican Republic.


About the author:
Bernard Tschumi is Principal of Bernard Tschumi Architects, New York and Paris. A theorist, author, educator, and architect, he is known for books including The Manhattan Transcripts and Architecture and Disjunction and built projects including the Parc de la Villette, the Acropolis Museum, Le Fresnoy Center for the Contemporary Arts, and the Vacheron-Constantin Corporate Headquarters, among others. He served as Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York from 1988 to 2003.


About the interrogator:
Peter Cook is Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and Emeritus Professor of both University College London and the Stadel Academy of Art in Frankfurt. He was a founder of Archigram, the apocryphal British group awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 2003, and is the architect of the Kunsthaus in Graz (with Colin Fournier) and apartment buildings in Berlin and Madrid. His drawings are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt, FRAC in Orleans, the V&A Museum in London, and the Japan Architect collection in Tokyo, as well as many private collections. In 2007 Cook received knighthood for his services to education and architecture. He is currently a consultant to HOK on the Olympic Stadium for 2012 and, with his own CRAB studio, on buildings in Spain and Italy.



Event Cities 4
6 1/2 x 9, 640 pp., 200 color illus.
350 b&w illus.
ISBN-10: 0-262-51241-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-262-51241-1




About Storefront Series:

The Interrogation Series is part of Storefront’s programming for the generation of dialog between “institutionalized” spheres of inquiry and emerging discourses. The events aim to produce multiple and new methodologies of exploration and to ultimately extract a confession or obtain information from certain “suspects” in relation to a particular “crime” (book, building, photograph, thought, etc.) through a series of arguments, questions and-hopefully-answers.