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Jenny Odell Lecture


Please join The Petropolis of Tomorrow / Switchscapes Studio
for a lecture by Artist
Jenny Odell
What’s Left Out: Using Google Maps to Explore Peripheral Landscapes

For more Information:

Friday February 6, 2015
Helzel Boardroom, 6pm
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA

Jenny Odell is a Bay Area native/captive whose work mines imagery from Google Maps and other online environments in order to highlight the material nature of our modern networked existence. Perhaps because she works with collections and taxonomies of imagery, Odell has several times been compared to a natural scientist (specifically, a lepidopterist). Her current work focuses on infrastructural systems that deal with water, waste, energy, and extraction. Her work has made its way into the Google Headquarters, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Made in NY Media Center, Les Rencontres D’Arles, Arts Santa Monica, Fotomuseum Antwerpen, the Made in NY Media Center, and East Wing Gallery in Dubai. It’s also turned up in TIME Magazine’s LightBox, The Atlantic, The Economist, WIRED, NPR Picture Show, and Imagine Architecture: Artistic Visions of the Urban Realm (Gestalten, 2014). Odell teaches at Stanford University and the San Francisco Art Institute, and is an upcoming artist in residence at Recology San Francisco.

Curated by Neeraj Bhatia for the Petropolis of Tomorrow’s Switchscapes Studio, Spring 2015, California College of the Arts

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Hydroscapes exhibited at Center for Architecture New York

Be sure to check out “Hydroscapes” by Blake Stevenson and Lujac Desautel at The Center for Architecture New York. Hydroscapes was produced in the Rewiring Territories studio conducted at the California College of the Arts with The Urban Works Agency. The exhibition is entitled, Towards a New Industry. For more information click here.

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Petropolis featured in the City As a Vision Exhibition at the FRAC Centre

A series of projects from The Petropolis of Tomorrow have been selected to be part of the exhibition “City as a Vision” at the FRAC Centre.

After World War II, architects refused to follow the diktats of functionalist architecture and engaged in a radical redefinition of the city. By carrying out a precise analysis of the sociological mutations of their times, they created “urban systems” capable of globally organising and anticipating new Western lifestyles. Yona Friedman was one of the first to theorize the principles of spatial urban planning on a global scale. His studies on mobility, which he presented at the International Congress of Modern Architecture in 1956, considerably influenced the development of the “futurologist” movement, which spanned the 1960s and of which Michel Ragon became an advocate.Through publications in magazines and as a member of the GIAP (International Group for Prospective Architecture), he shared the many researches carried out on this form of “prospective” urban planning: the towns imagined were plastic or organic, aerial or underground, helicoidal or oblique, shaped as arches, hills, or bridges – cities of the future that stretched out into gigantic above-ground infrastructures, thus encouraging a free and continuous circulation of people and information.

Through six thematic sections, along with a hundred scale models, drawings, and photomontages, the exhibition focuses on giving an overview of this search for new territories and urban configurations capable of welcoming future city-dwellers. It illustrates how, for this generation of “visionaries”, experimentation and patenting innovative technical solutions always came hand in hand with the assertion of imagery as a field for creation and anticipation.

The projects presented all answer the necessity to rethink new uses for cities, to generate resources and connect the micro- scale of the individual with the macro-scale of the expanding urban territory. What logics can architects develop to generate or regenerate the contemporary city between local and global scales?

Historical section Prospective section
Archigram- Peter cook, Architecture Principe (Claude Parent – Paul Virilio) Archizoom, Chanéac, Constant, Justus Dahinden, Domenig + Huth, Günther Feuerstein, Yona Friedman, Klaus Gartler & Helmut Rieder, Vittorio Giorgini, James Guitet, Günter Günschel, Bernhard Hafner, Angela Hareiter, Haus-Rücker-Co, Pascal Häusermann, Hans Hollein, Arata Isozaki, Jozef Jankovic, Paul Maymont, MIASTO, Manfredi Nicoletti, Luigi Pellegrin, Charles Péré-Lahaille, Aldo Loris Rossi, Guy Rottier, Jacques Rougerie, Nicolas Schöffer, Eckhard Schulze-Fielitz, Paolo Soleri,Alina Slesinska et Eustachy Kossakowski, Superstudio, Pierre Székely, Iannis Xenakis, Zünd up

Prospective Section
Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Asymptote Architecture (Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture), BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), BNKR Arquitectura, Delhi 2050, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, DOMAIN Office + KAAN Architecten, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Foster + Partners, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Future Cape Town, GRAU, Heatherwick Studio, MAD Architects, NLÉ, OMA, Oppenheim Architecture + Design, The Petropolis of Tomorrow, SL Rasch GmbH Special & Lightweight Structures, SNØHETTA, Urban Think Tank, WOHA


FRAC Centre
88 rue du Colombier (Entrée bd Rocheplatte) 45000 Orléans
September 19, 2014 — February 22, 2015
Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm-7pm Late night opening until 8pm every first Thursday of the month
Exceptional Closure: 25th December, 1st January and 1st May

Curators: Marie-Ange Brayer, Emmanuelle Chiapponne-Piriou, Aurélien Vernant

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Please join us for a panel discussion on ‘Re/Source’, examining unique perspectives on the relationship between resources, extraction, and urbanism. The panel discussion will be followed by a book launch & reception for The Petropolis of Tomorrow, edited by Neeraj Bhatia and Mary Casper (Actar / Architecture at Rice, 2013). Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Speakers Include: 
Neeraj Bhatia
InfraNet Lab / The Open Workshop / CCA

Mary Casper
Johnston Marklee / Rice University

Curt Gambetta
Woodbury University

Roger Sherman
UCLA / cityLAB

Peter Zellner

Moderated by:
Andrew Kovacs

June 12th, 2014 7:00pm
Hennessey + Ingalls
Hollywood Store
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Ste 8,
Los Angeles, CA

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Instruments for Urban Production


Over the past 150 years architects have approached the city through the lens of geometry, symbolism,hygiene, collage, contextualism, technology, density and landscape, among others. Recently, a whole host of new forces from global economics to environmentalism are sponsoring a new set of instruments through which architects may explore the city. This panel discussion identifies some of these new frameworks and critically evaluates their instrumentality in the production of new urban form.

Please join us for a panel discussion on ‘Instruments for Urban Production’ with five unique perspectives on theory and design. The panel discussion will be followed by a book launch & reception for The Petropolis of Tomorrow, edited by Neeraj Bhatia and Mary Casper (Actar / Architecture at Rice, 2013). Copies of the book will be available for purchase.






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Friday April 25, 2014
6:00pm – 7:30pm
COST: Free to the public
LOCATION: Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave. CAF Lecture Hall

Copies of The Petropolis of Tomorrow will be available for purchase

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