Emerging Voices: Tatiana Bilbao; molo
Tatiana Bilbao; Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
1.5 HSW CEUs
The fourth and final evening of the 27th annual Emerging Voices lecture series, featuring Tatiana Bilbao and molo.
Tatiana Bilbao formed her own practice in 2004 in Mexico City. The multidisciplinary office “analyzes urban and social crises, as well as the rigid codes of communication and telematics. Through these strands, the office, regenerates spaces ‘humanized’ to be aware and reactive to global capitalism, opening up niches for cultural and economic development.” Projects in Mexico include the Botanical Garden Culiacan; Funeral House, San Luis Potosi; Universe House designed with Gabriel Orozco, Puerto Escondido; Parque Biotecnologico, Culiacan; Centro de Artes Escenicas, Guadalajara; and Ventura House, Monterey. The firm also designed the Jinhua Architecture Park in Jinhua, China.
Bilbao was named to Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard in 2007. Her work has been published in A+U, Domus, and The New York Times, among others. She studied architecture and urbanism at the Universidad Iberoamericana and co-founded mxdf with Derek Dellekamp, Arturo Ortiz, and Michel Rojkind. mxdf is an urban research center on the production of space, its occupation, defense, and control in Mexico City.
molo, based in Vancouver, Canada, is a design and production studio dedicated “to an exploration of space making in combination with innovative experiments in manufacturing, materials, and structure.” Led by founders and principal designers, Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen, along with co-founder Robert Pasut, the work of the molo studio “balances between the realms of art, architecture, and design for serial production, crossing a variety of scales, from tea set to museum.” The design of molo products grows from Forsythe + MacAllen’s architectural explorations. molo’s “soft collection” of flexible walls, building blocks, seating, and lighting exemplifies their “exploration of production processes and experiential space making.” Additional projects include the Aomori Nebuta House, Japan; and the Northern Sky Circle Passageway.
molo’s products have received numerous awards, including ICFF Editor’s Choice Awards, and have been acquired for the collections of museums and galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art. The firm was a runner up for the Metropolis NEXT Generation Prize and was selected as a participant in the 2003 Architectural League Young Architects Forum. Stephanie Forsythe received her B.E.D. from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and her M.Arch from Dalhousie University. She has also studied printmaking, glass blowing, and metal work. Todd MacAllen received his B.F.A. from the University of Victoria, a B.E.D. from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, and a M.Arch from Dalhousie University.
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For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.753.1722 x13. AIA and New York State continuing education credits are available.
Emerging Voices is generously supported by Maharam. The Emerging Voices program is also supported by the Next Generation Fund of the Architectural League. For a listing of contributions to the Next Generation Fund, please click here.
Architectural League programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
Images from top left to bottom right: molo, softseating serpentine bench. Courtesy of molo; Tatiana Bilbao, Exhibition Room. Courtesy of Tatiana Bilbao; Tatiana Bilbao, Irapuato Spectacle. Courtesy of Tatiana Bilbao; molo, urchin softlight. Courtesy of molo.