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Jesse Reiser: Factual Fictions

Hosted by the Department of Architecture
Shanghai Study Center
2016 SPRING Public Lecture Series

Speaker: Jesse Reiser
Lecture Title: Professor of Princeton University
Date: 16 Mar 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 19:30 – 21:00
Venue: HKU/Shanghai Study Centre
Address: 298 Bei Suzhou Lu (close to Sichuan Bei Lu), Hongkou District, Shanghai
(Subway Line 10, Tiantong Rd)


Factual Fictions

This lecture explores the ground breaking exo-skeleton O-14 tower in Dubai by New York-based practice, Reiser + Umemoto. Jesse Reiser will give an account of the design’s realization and present a manifesto of sorts, as he delves into the complex interrelationships this architectural model weaves between technology, expression and politics in the context of the ‘nowhere place’ of the global city. The lecture will also examine the firms two ongoing projects in Taiwan: the Taipei Pop Music Center and the Kaohsiung Port Terminal as well as the recent University of Applied Arts Vienna competition proposal.

Jesse Reiser
Jesse Reiser received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Cooper Union in New York and completed his Masters of Architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 1985 and he worked for the offices of John Hejduk and Aldo Rossi prior to forming Reiser + Umemoto with partner, Nanako Umemoto. Jesse is a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and has previously taught at various schools in the US and Asia,including Columbia University, Yale University, Ohio State University, Hong Kong University, and has lectured widely at various educational and cultural institutions throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.