Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang: Buildings and Almost Buildings

Modern brick building surrounded by snow, illuminated from the inside through the buildings windows

New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center. image / courtesy James Ewing

Charles C. Colman Lecture Series

Eric Bunge is a cofounding principal of Brooklyn-based N Architects, and an adjunct associate professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Bunge received a master of architecture from Harvard GSD and a B.Arch. from McGill University. He previously taught at Parsons School of Design, RISD, and Columbia/Barnard Colleges, and as a visiting professor at Harvard University, Yale University, University of California–Berkeley, and University of Toronto. He regularly lectures on the work of N Architects, new housing paradigms, and other contemporary issues in architecture.

Mimi Hoang is a cofounding principal of N Architects and an adjunct associate professor at Columbia GSAPP. Hoang received a master of architecture from Harvard GSD and a B.Sc. in architecture from MIT. She previously taught at Yale University, as a visiting professor at Harvard University, and University of California–Berkeley. She regularly lectures on the work of N Architects and the themes of innovative contemporary practices, future workspaces, and new housing models.

Abstract:

Is architecture inherently complete? Or is it a state of incompletion and seeming inadequacy that incites us to imagine architecture as an armature for an ever-changing daily life? Across a range of buildings, public spaces, and ephemeral installations, N Architects argues for the formal and social potential of an architecture that remains somehow incomplete and ambiguously perceived — or in the architects' words, "almost buildings."