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Nation Space Lecture Series: Ersela Kripa & Stephen Mueller

November 19, 2020
12p CST
Online

This talk will transcend the political abstractions around the politics of U.S. sovereignty at the Mexican border with timely examinations of spatial conditions, constraints, and convergences. Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller, partners in the award-winning firm AGENCY, will discuss a series of reports entitled "Border Dispatches," an on-the-ground perspective from the southern border. Each report explores a unique "sleeper agent," a critical site or actor with the power to reshape the diffuse and layered binational territory we know as the borderlands.

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This talk is part of the Nation Space lecture series, presented as part of the fall 2020 graduate seminar Borders, Boundaries, Nations, taught by senior lecturer Michael Allen. The lectures amplify issues within the seminar, which investigates the intersection of the design and maintenance of nations with design practices in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. The seminar examines the history and current state of the nation as a design project, and invites students to speculate on its future in the 21st century. The lectures are enabled by the support of the Sam Fox School's Master of Landscape Architecture program.

About the Speakers

Ersela Kripa is an assistant professor and acting director at Texas Tech University's College of Architecture (Coa), and director of projects at POST (Project for Operative Spatial Technologies), a CoA research center. She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) and the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC). Kripa is a registered architect and founding partner of AGENCY. Her awards include the Rome Prize in Architecture and the Emerging Voices award from The Architectural League of New York, among others. She holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University GSAPP.

Stephen Mueller is a research assistant professor at Texas Tech University's College of Architecture (CoA) and director of research at POST (Project for Operative Spatial Technologies), a CoA research center. He is a registered architect and founding partner of AGENCY. His awards include the Rome Prize in Architecture, the Emerging Voices award from The Architectural League of New York, and the 2019 GSAPP Incubator Prize from Columbia University, among others. Mueller holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University GSAPP.

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