‘Ukiyo-e,’ the word for traditional Japanese wood-cut prints, loosely translates into “Pictures of the Floating World.” While now considered high art, in their time they had a more popular role. Mass-produced and geared to a mass audience, Ukiyo-e were meant to both connect to the everyday and elevate one above it. This lecture similarly frames the architectural work of Studio SUMO as having to float between places and cultures to realize an international body of work. An increasingly common condition in our age of physical and virtual mobility, the lecture examines the challenges of a practice that values the material and social qualities of ‘place’, when the norm for practice is one of constant displacement.
Sunil Bald is a founding partner of the New York-based Studio SUMO and both Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the Yale School of Architecture. In 2015, Studio SUMO was awarded the Annual Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Studio SUMO’s work, which ranges in scale from installations to institutional buildings and in location from the US, Brazil, explores architecture’s reciprocal relationship to physical site and socio-cultural context. Sunil Bald received his BA in Biology from UC Santa Cruz and his M Arch from Columbia University.
All lectures will be held at 5:30pm in Design Building Room 170. All lectures are free and open to the public. Free parking is available after 5:00pm in surface lots.