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  • Paul Lewis at the Knowlton School


    Photo by Philip Arnold

    On October 5, Paul Lewis, Associate Professor of Architectural Design at Princeton University, and Principal of New York-based LTL Architects, presented a lecture titled “The Manual of Section”. Lewis explained both some of the firm’s notable projects, and their research process for compiling the set of drawings in their recently released book of the same title.

    While architecture often explores spatial qualities described through plans, Lewis argues that sectional drawings are fundamental to good design, but there has been little analysis on the subject. Sections have commonly become an afterthought, a drawing produced only after the architecture is complete. Even the history of the section lends itself to being seen as just a technical tool, and nothing more.

    The book itself, featuring 63 buildings mainly from the early 21st century, categorizes the drawings into a set of 7 taxonomies that are derived from their basic typologies. Beginning with “Extrusion”, Lewis describes this category as “lifting or producing a space that is just high enough to contain the program. It’s the most evident, ubiquitous section,” he continues, “it tends to be extremely banal, but there are moments in extruded sections when the building takes on a sublime character.” Philip Johnson’s Glass House and The Palace of Labor in Turin, Italy were two of the notable projects which Lewis mentioned in the “Extrusion” category.

    Throughout his lecture, Lewis was able to weave in LTL’s impressive portfolio of past and current projects with spreads from “The Manual of Section”, Lewis explains how their exploration of section becomes an argument for visual representations. “Too much architectural history is done through words, and not enough is done through the expression of drawings. What we thought would be a two year process, took us five years. Each drawing takes about 150 to 200 hours each.”

    After the lecture, Lewis’ gallery instillation, also titled “The Manual of Section” opened to the public in the Banvard Gallery. The show features 64 music stands circling through the gallery, each displaying one spread from the book. Lights illuminate each of the spreads so that in a sense, each book is put on display. The gallery will run through November 4.

    Photo by Philip Arnold

    Photo by Philip Arnold

    Photo by Philip Arnold

    Photo by Philip Arnold


  • Peter Eisenman, Jeff Kipnis, and Matt Ford at the Knowlton School

    On September 30, The Knowlton School hosted a panel discussion between Peter Eisenman, Jeff Kipnis, and Matt Ford focusing on their contribution to the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. The introduction, given by Mr. Ford, highlighted their curatorial goals of their exhibition, Eisenman’s...


  • Susannah Drake at the Knowlton School

    On September 21, Brooklyn-Based DLANDstudio principal Susannah Drake presented a lecture titled “Creating of the 21st Century Public Infrastructure: Beauty, Economics, Politics, Ecology” at the Knowlton School. Her lecture focused on New York City as a case study for how physical conditions of...


  • "Remaking Cities After Abandonment"- Margaret Dewar at the Knowlton School

    On September 14, Margaret Dewar, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Taubman College at the University of Michigan, presented her lecture titled “Remaking Cities After Abandonment”. Focusing on Detroit as a case study, Dewar explained the stance that planners take in order to focus...


  • Baumer Lecture Series at the Knowlton School - Autumn 2016

    The Knowlton School has announced the Baumer Lecture Series lineup for the Autumn 2016 semester. The lecture series brings prominent designers, researchers, and practitioners to Knowlton as an opportunity to present their work rooted in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional...


  • Hilary Sample at the Knowlton School

    This past Wednesday, Hilary Sample of New York-based MOS architects, Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP, and visiting Professor at the Knowlton School, presented a lecture on the Big Stairs. Consisting of work done with partner Michael Meredith, who lectured at the school last fall, the...


  • Gil Penalosa at The Knowlton School

    Gil Peñalosa presented a public lecture titled "The 8 80 City: vibrant cities, healthy communities, happier people" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium last week.  Penalosa's lecture focused on the work derived from his non-profit 8 80 Cities. The organization advocates for urban vitality...


  • Geoffrey Von Oeyen at the Knowlton School

    Geoffrey von Oeyen presented a lecture titled "Geoffrey von Oeyen Design: Site, Sight, and Sailing" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium this past month. As a member of Stanford's varsity sailing team, von Oeyen started to take cues from sailing which heavily influences his architectural design...


  • Margo Handwerker at the Knowlton School

    Margo Handwerker presented a lecture titled "A Useful Art For Useless Lands: Robert Smithson goes mining for resources" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium. "A Useful Art For Useless Lands" offers an in-depth examination of Robert Smithson’s letter campaign to several mining corporations in...


  • Mahadev Raman at the Knowlton School

    Mahadev Raman presented a public lecture titled "Meeting the Carbon Challenge" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium. The lecture explored the issues related to climate change and the responsibilities of building designers to reduce carbon emissions through the work that they do.Raman is a...


  • Florian Idenberg at the Knowlton School

    Florian Idenburg, Dutch architect and co-founder of the design firm SO – IL, presented a public lecture at the Knowlton School this past month.  SO – IL is an award-winning architectural design firm based in New York City. Idenburg founded the firm with Jing Liu in 2008. One of their most...


  • Borja Ferrater at the Knowlton School

    Borja Ferrater, co-founder of OAB (Office of Architecture in Barcelona) presented a public lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium as a part of this year's Atmosphere's lecture series.  Ferrater's lecture focused on the firm's work since their start in 2006. OAB has an impressive range and...


  • Sean Lally at the Knowlton School

    Sean Lally presented a lecture titled "Let's Touch" as a part of the Knowlton School's Atmospheres lecture series.  Lally is founder of WEATHERS/Sean Lally LLC, in Chicago and an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His practice explores new ways to...


  • The Knowlton School's own Bernadette Hanlon Gives a Public Lecture

    Bernadette Hanlon, Assistant Professor in the City and Regional Planning section at the Knowlton School gave a public lecture for this semester's Atmospheres lecture series. Hanlon's teaching focuses on the political economies of suburban areas and cities. She also focuses on sustainability...


  • Robert Somol Returns to the Knowlton School

    Robert Somol returned to the Knowlton School to finish out his role as the  Spring 2016 Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor. Robert Somol has been the Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) since 2007. He is the editor of Autonomy and...


  • Jose Oubrerie: The Chapel of Mosquitoes Exhibition at The Knowlton School

    Jose Oubrerie, the last living protégé of Le Corbusier, is a Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the Knowlton School, presents The Chapel of Mosquitoes, an exhibition in Knowlton's Banvard Gallery. The Exhibition will continue to  February 25, 2016  at 5:00pm.The exhibition presents three...


  • João Nunes at the Knowlton School

    João Nunes, Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School, presented a lecture entitled "HOW THINGS MERGE" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium on Wednesday January 27th. A Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture at Harvard GSD, Nunes is founder and CEO of the landscape...


  • Heather Roberge at the Knowlton School

    The Knowlton School welcomed one of its alumni, Heather Roberge to give a public lecture last month. The lecture came as a bit of a double feature, as Roberge recently exhibited an installation in the school's Banvard Gallery.   Roberge is the founder and principal of Murmur: Architecture and...


  • Michael Meredith at The Knowlton School

    Michael Meredith, a principal of MOS Architects and Assistant Professor of Architectural Design at the Princeton University School of Architecture presented a public lecture at the school's Gui Gallery Auditorium on November 18th.   Meredith presented a number of projects that MOS has both...


  • Erik Olsen at the Knowlton School

    This semester's Energies Lecture series has been unique because of its cross disciplinary nature. The series has focused on bringing lecturers from multiple disciplines outside the confines of architecture, landscape and planning to share ideas that influence design. The Knowlton School was...


  • João Gomes da Silva at the Knowlton School

     João Gomes da Silva, founder of Global Arquitectura Paisagista (Global Landscape Architecture) with Inês Norton in Lisbon, Portugal, gave a public lecture on their work last month at the Knowlton School. Global Arquitectura Paisagista was founded on the basis of creating a group that...


  • Kiel Moe at the Knowlton School

    The Knowlton School welcomed Kiel Moe, Practicing architect and Associate Professor of Architecture & Energy in the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, to give a public lecture at the school.Moe's teaching, practice and research all focus on energy...


  • Michael Blier at The Knowlton School

    . The Knowlton School welcomed Landscape architect, Michael Blier, to lecture on October 12. Blier is the founding principle of the critically recognized firm, Landworks Studio Inc.. located in downtown Boston. Blier presented a number of recent projects coming out of the studio. The work is...


  • Stair Sessions with Robert Somol and Neil Denari

    On October 13, The Knowlton School hosted a 'stair session' with this year's Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professors, Neil Denari and Robert Somol. Denari made is second visit to the Knowlton School this year as he wrapped up a two part seminar with third year architecture graduate...


  • François Roche + Camille Lacadee at the Knowlton School

    The Knowlton school welcomed French architects François Roche and Camille Lacadee on October 7 to give a lecture titled  "mythomaniaS". According to Roche "mythomaniaS" is described " …as an history of multiple-psycho-disorders, consequences of the multiplicity of contingencies and...


  • Dr. Megan Sandel at the Knowlton School

     This past week at the Knowlton School, Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, presented a lecture titled "The Housing Vaccine: Why Stable Decent Affordable Homes Keep Communities Healthy". Dr. Sandel is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public...


  • Baumer Visiting Professor Neil Denari at the Knowlton School

    This past week at the Knowlton School, Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor, Neil Denari, joined architecture students for three days of seminars. (Denari speaks with graduate architecture students during a seminar session.)Denari joins a list of leading practitioners and scholars who...


  • Sarah Oppenheimer at the Knowlton School

    Last week at the Knowlton School, Sarah Oppenheimer, a visual artist based in New York City, gave students and faculty a look at her numerous projects that blur the boundaries between sculpture and architecture. Oppenheimer's work is largely based on the idea of apertures that both visually and...


  • David Eskenazi at the Knowlton School

    This last week, the current Howard E. LeFevre '29 Emerging Practitioner Fellow at the Knowlton School presented a lecture wherein he divulged the work that has formed his architectural career, including his own work from school, the work of his current students, and of most recent importance, the...


  • Andrew Witt at the Knowlton School

    Andrew Witt has relatively recently started a new firm called Certain Measures, where he is continuing his investigations from his time at Gehry Technologies and his ongoing studies with students at the Harvard GSD. More on the engineering side of the building spectrum, the work that he displayed...


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This blog will be a feeder for recent news, events and student work occurring at the Knowlton School at The Ohio State University. Posts will typically center around updates from the school's lecture series, exciting projects from recent student reviews and updates from other school events.

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