Sébastien Marot and Arthur Ovaska: Green Archipelago: The Genesis of a Hopeful Monster

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Book cover of City in the City: Berlin, A Green Archipelago. image / provided

Department of Architecture Fall 2014 Lecture Series

In 1977, Oswald Matthias Ungers (OMU) and Rem Koolhaas (OMA) collaborated on City in the City: Berlin, A Green Archipelago, which is considered the ultimate fruit of their interactions. The book has been re-released in a critical edition by Sébastien Marot and Florian Hertweck (Lars Müller Publishers, 2013). In his talk at Cornell, Marot will sort out the various ingredients that Ungers and Koolhaas and their collaborators (Hans Kollhoff, Arthur Ovaska, and Peter Riemann) invested in their collective endeavor.

Marot, a philosopher by training, has taught at various schools of architecture and landscape design in Europe and North America, and currently teaches environmental history at the École d'Architecture de la Ville et des Territoires in Marne La Vallée, Paris. He is also guest professor at the EPFL in Lausanne. Chief editor of Le Visiteur from 1995 to 2003, Marot has recently launched another journal, Marnes: documents d'architecture. He is the author of several essays, including Sub-Urbanism and the Art of Memory (AA publications, 2003).

Associate Professor Arthur Ovaska studied architecture at Cornell University, where he received his B.Arch in 1974 and did M.Arch. graduate studies with Professor O. M. Ungers. From 1974 to 1978, he collaborated with Ungers in Ithaca and Köln, working on speculative architectural projects, including The Urban Block, The Urban Villa, The Urban Garden, and The City in the City. In 1978 he founded the office of Kollhoff & Ovaska in Berlin and produced numerous projects and built works, including buildings in the IBA: International Building Exhibition, Berlin, 1884–87. In 1987 he left Berlin to accept a full time academic position at Cornell. Ovaska has taught in Oxford, Syracuse, Berlin, Taiwan, Puerto Rico, and most recently at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, Germany, where he was Guest Professor for Architecture and Urban Research, concentrating on The City in the City: Berlin, A Green Archipelago. In Cornell's Department of Architecture he has served as director of undergraduate and graduate programs, associate chair, and department head.

Following the presentations, Visiting Associate Professor Mark Morris will moderate a discussion.