Convivium

Convivium is a graduate student group that organizes a series of dynamic gatherings for any student interested in discussing architecture, urbanism, and their relationships to cultural production. Held primarily at the historic Miller-Heller House, salon-style informal discussions are intended to nurture and foster extracurricular whims, fleeting and/or critical thoughts, and resulting questions that arise pertaining to student work and experiences at Cornell.

Through student-prepared presentations and collections of curated readings, visual materials, and exhibitions, Convivium aims to provide an atmosphere where unique discourse can exist as it relates to architecture as a pedagogical and professional discipline and beyond.

Convivium typically meets two to three times per semester, resulting in three general body meetings per event for general organization, topic selection, and content. Past events have covered a wide range of topics at various levels of specificity depending on the interests and desires of the student body each semester.

Please contact cornell.convivium@gmail.com if you are interested in leading or participating in Convivium for the 2014–15 academic year.

Past Events

CONVIVIUM SPRING 2014:

  • Archiculture Film Screening

Convivium Spring 2013:

  • Open Source

Convivium 2011–12:

  • The Void and Architecture
  • Death | Architecture
  • Body [Space_Object]
  • Projections

Convivium 2010–11:

  • Teaching Architecture ≈ Learning Architecture
  • Digital vs. Analog
  • Design/Non-Design
  • Ambiguity
  • Convivium x Pidgin
  • Authorship
  • Architecture and Desire
  • Sidewalks, Streets, and In-betweens

Convivium 2009–10:

  • How is Architecture Located?
  • Design & Taste
  • Buildings, Per Se
  • What is an Act of Design?

Convivium 2008–09:

  • Paradigm Shift
  • Music & Architecture
  • Pedagogy

Officers, Fall 2014

  • Maggie Zou (M.Arch. '16), president
  • Zahid Alibhai (M.Arch. '16), vice-president
  • Brian Hong (M.Arch. '16), treasurer
  • Michael Babcock (M.Arch. '16) special topics coordinator