Fridays@4: Lecture by Urtzi Grau, Distinguished Visiting Professor: "Indo Pacific: An Instantaneous Region"
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 4:00pm
Fridays@4: Lecture by Urtzi Grau, Distinguished Visiting Professor: "Indo Pacific: An Instantaneous Region"

In 2013 Australia officially moved to the Indo Pacific, a region created ex-proposito that expands from South America to the Gulf, from South East Asia to East Africa. The aim of this lecture is to quantify its physical and intangible dimensions, to articulate facts in order to make visible the cosmopolitical edifice that holds the region together. Due to its abrupt conception, the maps and the histories of the Indo Pacific Region – the social, political, economic, technologic, eco-systemic, and spatial relations that define it – are currently being constructed. Thus, design decisions are still possible. As an imaginary space relentlessly becoming real, this parafictional region is architecture's ideal site.

This lecture is presented by School of Architecture Distinguished Visiting Professor Urtzi Grau, who will be in residency in the School February 4-10, teaching and engaging with PSU architecture students. 

Grau is an architect, director of the Master of Architectural Research at University of Technology Sydney and co-founder of Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, an architecture office that has received the AIA New York New Practices Award, has been shortlisted in the MoMA PS1 and the Miami Design pavilions, was finalist the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition, and represented Australia in the Chicago Architectural Biennial. The office has recently completed the Superphosphates! Masterplan in Cáceres and the OE House in Barcelona. Grau graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona in 2000, was awarded Master in Advanced Architectural Design by Columbia University in 2004, and is currently completing his Ph.D. at Princeton University on the 1970s urban renewal of Barcelona. He has previously taught at Cooper Union, Princeton University, Columbia University and Cornell University and in hold the Cullinan Visiting Professor at Rice University School of Architecture. His work and writings have been published in various international journals such as AV, Bawelt, Domus, Kerb, Log, Plot, Praxis, Spam, Volume, and White Zinfandel and exhibited in la Bienal de Buenos Aires, P! Gallery, RMIT Design Hub, Shenzhen Biennale, Storefront, the Venice Biennale and 0047.

About Fridays@4: Each Friday at 4pm during most of the academic term, PSU School of Architecture students and faculty gather together to hear from professional designers and architects, academics, visiting artists, innovators, and students in the program, with refreshments and updates from faculty and your student leaders. Fridays@4 is a perfect way to wrap up each week of intense creativity in studio, and get inspired for the productive weekend ahead.

We encourage attendees to bring their own beverage cup in order to reduce waste in Shattuck Hall.

Free and open to the public.

Shattuck Hall
SW Broadway at Hall Street
School of Architecture
Portland State University