Joshua Prince-Ramus on Slow Architecture

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“We’re at a moment in architecture when we need to start slowing down and let ideas gestate more.” Read more about Joshua Prince-Ramus’s philosophy of “slow architecture” and view his lecture at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design.

Noted architect Joshua Prince-Ramus spoke on March 2nd to NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) students and faculty members on the topic of “slow architecture.” Prince-Ramus is principal of REX, an architecture and design firm based in New York City. He has been described as the “savior of American architecture” by Esquire magazine and has been credited as being one of the five greatest architects under the age of 50 by The Huffington Post.

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Joshua Prince-Ramus, slow architecture, lecture

Seattle Central Library - Photo courtesy of Rex Sorgatz


During the lecture at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Prince-Ramus explained the meaning of “slow architecture” and shared examples of projects that reflect this philosophy. He described the process of designing the Seattle Central Library. On that project, his team identified competing notions of what a library should represent: a place of media or social responsibility. They developed a design that didn’t exclude one or the other but took into account the library’s need to evolve over the years according to changing priorities in the media and digital space and its role as a community center.

Prince-Ramus also talked about using this approach in designing the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas. The process resulted in a versatile space that allows the theater to offer a variety of staging options, including sections that can merge with and incorporate the outdoor space. “We moved things around that are normally constrained, so that the audience could engage with different parts of the building and even the real world during the performance,” he said. “The result is that the theater and its audience have many different opportunities for interaction.”

Prince-Ramus is the latest speaker in NSAD’s lecture series by notable architects and designers. Other recent NSAD guest lecturers have included award-winning Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder.

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