A Glossary of Urban Voids

Book Presentation & Talk

10/09/2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


The Frances Loeb Library and Spain GSD invite you to attend a Faculty Colloquium series webinar.  Jill Desimini will talk with Sergio Lopez-Pineiro about his new book A Glossary of Urban Voids (Jovis, July 2020)


Online Viewing via Zoom Webinar on Friday, October 9, 2020, between 1 pm and 2 pm EST (7 pm and 8 pm CET)

Please pre-register now for this event:  https://bit.ly/2HHRMMD


This event is free and can be viewed online, but advance registration is required.

About A Glossary of Urban Voids
A Glossary of Urban Voids
 is a critiqued collection of over 200 terms regularly used to name the urban void, from the "terrain vague" to the "buffer zone," as the means to explore the role of urban voids as public space. As the landscape architect James Corner has pointed out, a void cannot be labeled because "to name it is to claim it in some way." By listing existing terms, A Glossary of Urban Voids is an attempt to name the unnamable, to define that which should have no precise definition.


The webinar discussion will include:

Sergio Lopez-Pineiro - Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

Jill Desimini - Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

09/16/2020 – 03/21/2021

Canadian Centre for Architecture
1920, rue Baile
Montréal, QC H3H 2S6


Embedded in politically and economically charged sites in the Pearl River Delta, Mongolia and the European Union, Rural Urban Framework (Joshua Bolchover and John Lin) and 51N4E (Johan Anrys and Freek Persyn) operate in expanded ecologies of architectural practice, questioning the role of the architect today. By collaborating with policymakers, local contractors and NGOs and engaging their respective labs at the University of Hong Kong and ETH Zürich as key sites of research, both offices investigate new forms of cooperation and dialogue as crucial design strategies.

RUF and 51N4E work at the seams of urbanization, with projects situated in transitional settlements in Ulaanbaatar, in the new vernacular of rural China, in the transforming centres of Western European cities and in Albania’s shifting public spaces. Comparing their research and design processes, this exhibition and publication question the extents and certainties of architecture against backdrops of indeterminate notions of citizenship, unstable stages of urbanization, and insecure economies and ecologies.

Curator: Francesco Garutti, CCA
Concept: Johan Anrys, Joshua Bolchover, John Lin, and Freek Persyn
Curatorial research and coordination: Irene Chin with Andrew Scheinman and Jann Wiegand
Exhibition design: 51N4E (Freek Persyn with Roxane Le Grelle and Sebastian Roy), Brussels; Rural Urban Framework (Joshua Bolchover and John Lin with Chiara Oggioni), Hong Kong
Design development: Sébastien Larivière, Jasmine Graham
Graphic design: Something Fantastic (Julian Schubert, Elena Schütz and Leonard Streich), Berlin

More information, video material and introductions: www.cca.qc.ca

08/31/2020, 8:00 pm


Have you heard about Julius Posener, Tel Aviv’s original architectural theorist? Posener, a pioneer of modernist architecture in Israel, was a member of the Architects Circle and editor-in-chief of its magazine, Habinyan. Celebrating the launch of Typisch Posener, a book dedicated to Posener’s life and extensive work, we host a discussion with the author, Katrin Voermanek, Dr. Zvi Efrat, and Dr. Edina Meyer-Maril, one of Posener’s students in Berlin.


More information on the Liebling Haus in Tel Aviv:




05/07/2019 – 08/18/2019

Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High St
E1 7QX London

From Ballykinlar in Ireland to Ekumfi-Ekawfo in Ghana, international artist collective Myvillages explore the rural as a space for and of cultural production. Founded by artists Kathrin Böhm, Wapke Feenstra and Antje Schiffers, Myvillages counters the assumption that culture is an exclusively urban phenomena. This exhibition collects material from the course of their career and runs in dialogue with the research and events programme on The Rural hosted by Whitechapel Gallery from 2017-2019. Through long-term approaches embedded within the existing activities of communities, they question who is producing culture,. By committing to work in the rural, their projects subvert established power relationships between the city and the country.


04/09/2019 – 04/14/2019

5vie District
via San Maurilio 11

The big can be understood through the small. When it comes to atmosphere, a room works according to the same principles as a house, a square, or a whole city. “Spatial atmosphere, no matter on what scale, is the result of reduction and materiality,” insists Max Dudler in a discussion with Simone Boldrin.
The Sale e Tabacchi, Hambach Castle, and the Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum have gained international renown. Narrating Spaces approaches Dudler’s architecture through the interior spaces and furniture he has designed. Five contributions discuss the atmospheres of the interiors, the physical appropriation of the spaces, and the sensuality of the way they are furnished. Light and shadow, geometries, materials, and surfaces unfold in a photographic essay by Stefan Müller that makes it possible to visually experience their special atmospheres and haptic elements.


04/02/2019, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

University of Prishtina
Modelarium, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture
Filipa Višnjiča bb
38220 Kosovska Mitrovica

Book Presentation: Troch, Pieter & Janssens, Thomas. Layers of Time in the Urban Landscape: Visions of Socialist Urbanity in Mitrovica (Berlin, jovis verlag, 2018).

This book represents a unique cooperation of photography and history to document the legacies of socialist urban transformation in Mitrovica. It forcibly shows that the material remnants of socialist urbanity are more than passive leftovers of a lost age. They continue to give meaning to post-socialist, post-industrial, and post-conflict lives in the city.

Public debate: The book presentation will serve as an occasion for debate between academics (history, sociology, architecture) and civil society on the legacy of socialist urbanisation in Kosovo. Participants will share thoughts on failures and successes of socialist urbanisation, on the place of socialist urban infrastructure in contemporary urban development, and the memory of urban life under socialism.

Prof. Dr. Vjollca Krasniqi (University of Prishtina, Faculty of Philosophy)
Prof. Dr. Arta Basha-Jakupi (University of Prishtina, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture)
Prof. Dr. Florina Jerliu (University of Prishtina, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture)
Dr. Pieter Troch (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies)


The event is organized in partnership between forumZFD Kosovo Program, Prof. Dr. Vjollca Krasniqi (University of Prishtina) and Dr. Pieter Troch (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg)

03/29/2019, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk
Highway NY 11976
United States

Grids and Threads is a minimalist meditation on the concept of white space and its perception. The book is inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s Three Standard Stoppages in which three imaginary measuring devices underline the arbitrariness to qualify and quantify something. With an introduction written by Parrish Art Museum director Terrie Sultan and arts writer Jacoba Urist, this monograph documents the latest project by award-winning artist and photographer Bastienne Schmidt. Part one features bird’s-eye photographs of constructed installations of colorful fabric and thread in snow. The second part consists of mixed media works on Arches paper, where punched grid of 8 x 8 inches is divided into one square inch spaces, which draw light and shadow onto the white paper. The idea of creating a series of never-ending variation of white squares in a reductive process is related to the artistic search of Agnes Marin and Robert Ryman. The square grid in white is a quiet reflection on the concept of a minimal space; the variations, of what happens inside of the squares, play with the thought of absolute freedom and absolute constraint.



02/15/2019 – 05/19/2019

Kunsthaus Graz
Lendkai 1
8020 Graz

The solo exhibition by Jun Yang is dedicated to fundamental questions of artistic work: what significance do original works, unique pieces, series and reproductions have in art today? How is artistic practice defined when exchanged with others?

At the beginning of 2018, The Monograph Project by Jun Yang was published, a monograph totalling six volumes about the artist and his work, which – in a sort of paradoxical reversal – challenges monographic conventions and biography. For the format, cover and even spelling of the artist’s name changes from volume to volume. This evokes various artists, which is precisely what interests Yang: to break the narrative of authentic, brilliant creators – a narrative that has proven particularly well-suited to the branding of an artist and his/her work.

The solo exhibition at the Kunsthaus Graz links up to this. The exhibition, like the monograph, becomes itself the subject of artistic investigation. Besides the presentation of Yang’s works, the exhibition reflects authorship, constructions of identity and allocations of roles. In this, cooperation with others plays a special role. Alongside this, from February 15th, 2019, the Neue Galerie Graz addresses issues of the reproducibility of art, the significance of the original work, the one-off work and reproduction, in the exhibition titled Too Much Is Not Enough.

With works from:
Erwin Bauer, siren eun young jung, Lee Kit, Oliver Klimpel, Paul McCarthy/Mike Kelley, Michikazu Matsune, Yuuki Nishimura, Yuki Okumura, Koki Tanaka, Maja Vukoje, Jun Yang und Bruce Yonemoto.

More information and programme

Opening: 14.02.2019, 7.30pm
In cooperation with Art Sonje Center, Seoul and Neue Galerie Graz
Curated by: Barbara Steiner and Jun Yang
Assistance: Alexandra Trost, Michaela Humpel

12/04/2018 (9:00 am) – 12/05/2018 (4:45 pm)

Wiener Wohnen
Rosa-Fischer-Gasse 2
1030 Vienna

Which legal and financial conditions are necessary in Europe to increase investment in affordable housing? Which benefits does affordable housing provide for European cities and the economy?

Representatives of the EU institutions, politicians from different European cities, housing experts, housing providers, tenants’ representatives and scientists will discuss these questions comprehensively. The findings of the EU Urban Agenda – Housing Partnership will be presented. The City of Vienna will offer study visits to present the Viennese model of social housing.


The Vienna Model 2—Housing for the City of the 21st Century will be available from November 2018

09/21/2018 – 11/11/2018

BOZAR / Centre for Fine Arts
Rue Ravenstein 23
1000 Bruxelles

Climate change causes an important rise in the sea level, which is a major threat for coastal areas and small islands all over the globe. Even in urban areas at higher levels and inland, the growing quantities of rainwater in combination with spreading urbanization can also cause a major flood risk for entire city areas, something that is happening more often than before.

The 2nd Edition of the Brussels Urban Landscape Biennial dives into the growing problem of floods in urban areas. How to deal with the evacuation of rainwater in an integrated manner? Can landscape architecture generate answers for these complex challenges? What are the limits of the current way of addressing this question? Through workshops, research by design, an exhibition, a colloquium, curated walks and lectures, the two-month BULB festival tries to sensitize the broader public to the importance of water in the urban landscape. Instead of considering water as a threat, it will be approached as a vital and structuring element in the urban landscape.

At the main BULB exhibition at the Centre for Fine Arts, the Bureau Bas Smets, JNC International and Taktyk will be presenting their vision.

Workshop leader: Architecture Workroom Brussels.

Marco Ranzato, the editor of "Water vs. Urban Scape—Exploring Integrated Water-Urban Arrangements” will give a lecture during the Biennial