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Alessandra Ponte

Professor
Faculty of Planning
University of Montreal
Canada

Biography

Alessandra Ponte is a Full Professor & Head of Phyllis Lambert International Seminar. Education: ARC 1101 General History of Architecture ARC 3012 Shapes and Techniques Workshop AME 6411 Research Workshop II ARC6813D Advanced Architecture Workshop 2 ARC6814 Final project ARC6863 Computer Aided Design and Modeling ARC6884 Territory, landscape, architecture AME 7301 Doctoral Seminar I Alessandra Ponte is also Associate Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, from January 2009 to December 2012. Previously, she taught at the Pratt Institute of Architecture in New York (2003- 2008), as well as those of the Universities of Cornell (in 2003), Princeton (1994-2002) and Harvard (1991) in the United States. She was a lecturer in the history of architecture at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice, Italy (1990-1994) where she studied. Areas of expertise: Architecture, History and theory of architecture & Cultural landscapes.

Research Interest

Alessandra Ponte's research focuses on two main areas: The first axis focuses on the concept of the environment in the 20th and 21st centuries, with a particular focus on the Utopias of the 1960s and contemporary experiences of interactivity. On this theme, in collaboration with a team of UdeM students, Alessandra Ponte has already been the curator of the exhibition Total Environment: Montreal 1965-1975 (Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, March-August 2009 ) and published an interview with François Dallegret, author of the famous illustration for Reyner Banham's article "A Home Is Not a House" (published on AA Files, No. 58, 2009). In addition, she collaborated (with Thomas Weaver and Laurent Stalder) in the preparation of the exhibition and the GOD & Co catalog: François Dallegret Beyond the Bubble (Architectural Association School of Architecture, London November-December 2011; Zurich Polytechnic School April-May 2012; ENSBA Paris-Malaquais September-October 2012). She was also responsible for the design and organization of the Phyllis Lambert Seminar, Reactive Environments: Architecture, Technology and the Senses, in March 2009 (extracts in: Alessandra Ponte co-editor: "Architecture / Technology / Sense, "Architecture and Ideas, 9, Toronto, 2010); she is preparing a conference entitled Milieu-environnement-Umwelt (autumn 2013, Phyllis Lambert Seminar); and recently completed "Interview with Alessandra Ponte," in Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Aaron Sprecher, Architecture in Training: On the Nature of Information in Digital Architecture, London: Routledge (in preparation, 2013). Zurich Polytechnic School April-May 2012; ENSBA Paris-Malaquais September-October 2012). She was also responsible for the design and organization of the Phyllis Lambert Seminar, Reactive Environments: Architecture, Technology and the Senses, in March 2009 (extracts in: Alessandra Ponte co-editor: "Architecture / Technology / Sense, "Architecture and Ideas, 9, Toronto, 2010); she is preparing a conference entitled Milieu-environnement-Umwelt (autumn 2013, Phyllis Lambert Seminar); and recently completed "Interview with Alessandra Ponte," in Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Aaron Sprecher, Architecture in Training: On the Nature of Information in Digital Architecture, London: Routledge (in preparation, 2013). Zurich Polytechnic School April-May 2012; ENSBA Paris-Malaquais September-October 2012). She was also responsible for the design and organization of the Phyllis Lambert Seminar, Reactive Environments: Architecture, Technology and the Senses, in March 2009 (extracts in: Alessandra Ponte co-editor: "Architecture / Technology / Sense, "Architecture and Ideas, 9, Toronto, 2010); she is preparing a conference entitled Milieu-environnement-Umwelt (autumn 2013, Phyllis Lambert Seminar); and recently completed "Interview with Alessandra Ponte," in Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Aaron Sprecher, Architecture in Training: On the Nature of Information in Digital Architecture, London: Routledge (in preparation, 2013). She was also responsible for the design and organization of the Phyllis Lambert Seminar, Reactive Environments: Architecture, Technology and the Senses, in March 2009 (extracts in: Alessandra Ponte co-editor: "Architecture / Technology / Sense, "Architecture and Ideas, 9, Toronto, 2010); she is preparing a conference entitled Milieu-environnement-Umwelt (autumn 2013, Phyllis Lambert Seminar); and recently completed "Interview with Alessandra Ponte," in Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Aaron Sprecher, Architecture in Training: On the Nature of Information in Digital Architecture, London: Routledge (in preparation, 2013). She was also responsible for the design and organization of the Phyllis Lambert Seminar, Reactive Environments: Architecture, Technology and the Senses, in March 2009 (extracts in: Alessandra Ponte co-editor: "Architecture / Technology / Sense, "Architecture and Ideas, 9, Toronto, 2010); she is preparing a conference entitled Milieu-environnement-Umwelt (autumn 2013, Phyllis Lambert Seminar); and recently completed "Interview with Alessandra Ponte," in Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Aaron Sprecher, Architecture in Training: On the Nature of Information in Digital Architecture, London: Routledge (in preparation, 2013). Alessandra Ponte co-editor: "Architecture / Technology / Sense", Architecture and Ideas, vol. 9, Toronto, 2010); she is preparing a conference entitled Milieu-environnement-Umwelt (autumn 2013, Phyllis Lambert Seminar); and recently completed "Interview with Alessandra Ponte," in Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Aaron Sprecher, Architecture in Training: On the Nature of Information in Digital Architecture, London: Routledge (in preparation, 2013). Alessandra Ponte co-editor: "Architecture / Technology / Sense", Architecture and Ideas, vol. 9, Toronto, 2010); she is preparing a conference entitled Milieu-environnement-Umwelt (autumn 2013, Phyllis Lambert Seminar); and recently completed "Interview with Alessandra Ponte," in Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Aaron Sprecher, Architecture in Training: On the Nature of Information in Digital Architecture, London: Routledge (in preparation, 2013). The second area of ​​research is devoted to the study of extreme landscapes. On this subject, Alessandra Ponte has already published many works, including her contributions to the American lawn (collaborating on the exhibition and the American Lawn catalog, Surface of Everyday Life, Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, 1998) ; the American Desert ("Living in the American Desert, The House of Light and Entropy," Lecture, Aesthetics and Contemporary Art Review, No. 3, Orleans, 1997, Desert Testing., Hamburg, 2003 "Desert testing", in: Christophe Girot, ed., Landscape Abused, Institute for Landschaftsarchitectur, Zurich: ETH, 2007; "Photographic Encounters in the American Southwest", "Photographic Encounters in the American Desert", in: Desert Tourism: Tracing the Fragile Edges of Development, edited by Virginie Picon-Lefebvre with Aziza Chaouni, Boston: Harvard University Press, 2011, pp. 73-93); Garbage Art and Garbage Housing (Log 8: Towards a Critical of Sustainable Architecture and Landscape, New York: 2006, "Mullschlucker", Arch +, "Architektur der Schwelle", Berlin, 2009); Northern Canada ("Journey to the North of Quebec: Understanding (McLuhan's) Media", AA Files, No. 63 London, 2011, pp. 46-55); and cartography ("Mapping Fever", in sld Irena Latek, Sophie Paviol, Clotilde Simond and Françoise Very, in situ_de visu_in motu: Architecture, cinema and technological arts, New issues of contemporary territories thinking, Éditions Infolio, in preparation, 2013). Garbage Art and Garbage Housing (Log 8: Towards a Critical of Sustainable Architecture and Landscape, New York: 2006, "Mullschlucker", Arch +, "Architektur der Schwelle", Berlin, 2009); Northern Canada ("Journey to the North of Quebec: Understanding (McLuhan's) Media", AA Files, No. 63 London, 2011, pp. 46-55); and cartography ("Mapping Fever", in sld Irena Latek, Sophie Paviol, Clotilde Simond and Françoise Very, in situ_de visu_in motu: Architecture, cinema and technological arts, New issues of contemporary territories thinking, Éditions Infolio, in preparation, 2013). Garbage Art and Garbage Housing (Log 8: Towards a Critical of Sustainable Architecture and Landscape, New York: 2006, "Mullschlucker", Arch +, "Architektur der Schwelle", Berlin, 2009); Northern Canada ("Journey to the North of Quebec: Understanding (McLuhan's) Media", AA Files, No. 63 London, 2011, pp. 46-55); and cartography ("Mapping Fever", in sld Irena Latek, Sophie Paviol, Clotilde Simond and Françoise Very, in situ_de visu_in motu: Architecture, cinema and technological arts, New issues of contemporary territories thinking, Éditions Infolio, in preparation, 2013). Northern Canada ("Journey to the North of Quebec: Understanding (McLuhan's) Media", AA Files, No. 63 London, 2011, pp. 46-55); and cartography ("Mapping Fever", in sld Irena Latek, Sophie Paviol, Clotilde Simond and Françoise Very, in situ_de visu_in motu: Architecture, cinema and technological arts, New issues of contemporary territories thinking, Éditions Infolio, in preparation, 2013). Northern Canada ("Journey to the North of Quebec: Understanding (McLuhan's) Media", AA Files, No. 63 London, 2011, pp. 46-55); and cartography ("Mapping Fever", in sld Irena Latek, Sophie Paviol, Clotilde Simond and Françoise Very, in situ_de visu_in motu: Architecture, cinema and technological arts, New issues of contemporary territories thinking, Éditions Infolio, in preparation, 2013). On the same subject, Alessandra Ponte was responsible for the conception and organization of the Phyllis Lambert Seminar, The Territories of Entropy, in March 2010 (publication of proceedings in Alessandra Ponte, guest editor: "Entropic Territories", Architecture and Ideas, XI, Toronto, 2011); She is preparing a book of essays that will be published by the editions of the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture in London, Fall 2013. Professor Ponte participated in a series of workshops that took place in extreme environments such as the Atacama Desert in Chile, organized by AA School London and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile ("Holiday", January 2012 and "Chile by Night", January 2013); and in Iceland organized by AHO Oslo, Norway ("Landscapes of Energy", May 2012). She is an Affiliate Visiting Scholar in the Future North Research Team, AHO, Oslo Landscape Architecture School, a 3-year program established on a grant from the Norwegian Government (2012-2015). She also received a grant of $ 25,000 CAN from the Norwegian Government in collaboration with AHO and the School of Architecture University of Waterloo. The grant will be used to visit and study mining towns in northern Quebec including Fermont, Gagnon and Labrador City. The trip will take place in spring 2014. The grant will be used to visit and study mining towns in northern Quebec including Fermont, Gagnon and Labrador City. The trip will take place in spring 2014. The grant will be used to visit and study mining towns in northern Quebec including Fermont, Gagnon and Labrador City. The trip will take place in spring 2014.

Publications

  • Ponte, Alessandra, Georges Teyssot eds., Monograph MAQ 03: Pierre Thibault Workshop, Architecture as Landscape / Architecture as Landscape, Montreal, 2014, (13 x 9 in), 180 pages.

  • Ponte, Alessandra, The House of Light and Entropy, Architectural Association (AA), School of Architecture, London, 2014, a volume illustrated in 6 chapters, 230 pages.

  • Ponte, Alessandra, Stalder, Lawrence, Weaver, Thomas. GOD & CO François Dallegret Beyond the Bubble, London: Architectural Association, 2011. Book

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