ONLINE TALKS March-April 2022: Building Bad by Jonathan Ochshorn

Join Jonathan Ochshorn as he discusses his book Building Bad...


On March 3 at 12:00 EST Jonathan Ochshorn will outline a theory of “building bad”; that is, it will explain how architectural utility — the functionality of buildings — can be constrained by economics and politics, while also being damaged by forms of architectural expression.
(NB tickets are $20 (USD) for nonmembers of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI))

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CHATS IN THE STACKS: Building Bad: How Architectural Utility is Constrained by Politics and Damaged by Expression

On April 14 at 4:00pm EST join Jonathan Ochshorn in a live, virtual Chats in the Stacks talk. He will be discussing his latest book, Building Bad: How Architectural Utility is Constrained by Politics and Damaged by Expression (Lund Humphries, 2021), where he examines how utilitarian function in architecture can be thwarted by political and economic forces, and undermined by artistic expression. In considering several contemporary buildings and projects, Ochshorn avoids advocating for a specific style or practice but provides an objective framework for analyzing architecture through the lens of utility.

Ochshorn, a Fulbright Scholar (2016) and professor in the architecture department at Cornell University, is also a registered architect with a background in structural engineering and urban design. His numerous publications focus on the relationship between utility and expression in the built environment.

Sponsored by the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library, the talk is followed by a live Q&A.

Virtual eventZoom registration:

More information here.


 Find out more about the book HERE.