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Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi speak at AIANY IndiaNOW: Architecture in the Contemporary Landscape and THE PLAN Mag’s Online Forum on Architecture and Interior Design

The week of June 26, 2022, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi were given the opportunity to participate in two exciting panel opportunities. On Tuesday, June 28, Marion and Michael spoke at AIANY’s IndiaNOW: Architecture in the Contemporary Landscape panel. The webinar looked critically at the history of architecture in India through a contemporary lens, exploring issues of preservation, legacy, and materials and technologies.

Marion and Michael spoke in the panel’s second session on “Global Practice, Local Outlook: American Architects Working in India” alongside Diana Kellogg of Diana Kellogg Architects and Paul Schulhof a partner at Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. Weiss and Manfredi’s speaking portion of the discussion looked at their American Embassy project in New Delhi, India while nodding to the tremendous impact Indian architects such as Charles Correa and Balkrishna Doshi have had on their approach to the project as well as the influence of India’s local histories, materials, and architectural technologies. The two other panel session discussed topics “After Modernism: Influence, Impact & Identity of Post-Independence Architecture in India” and “Contemporary Indian Architecture.”

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THE PLAN Mag’s Online Forum on Architecture and Interior Design took place on June 30th in which Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi participated as panelists. The panel served as a unique platform allowing US and Canadian architects to engage in conversations on varying architectural approaches, systems, and solutions. Manfredi and Weiss participated in the discussion ‘Designing for Better Communities: The impact of the Architectural Practice on the relationships among economy, environment, and individuals” alongside SHoP Architects, Only If Architecture, and moderated by Andrew Wells of Dake | Wells Architecture. Weiss and Manfredi’s presentation explored their projects Olympic Sculpture Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, Kent State, Yale’s Tsai Center, and Hunter’s Point South, looking at each project’s engagement with ideas like community and ecology.

U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India
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