Beatriz Colomina


Interview with Spanish architect, academic and writer Beatriz Colomina. In this record, Colomina talks about her student years in Barcelona and her arrival to the United States. She recounts the influence on her work of canonical figures such as Adolf Loos and Walter Benjamin, along with discussing the possibility of a left wing architecture.


Beatriz Colomina

About the interviewee

Beatriz Colomina is an internationally renowned architectural historian and theorist who has written extensively on questions of architecture and media. She came to Columbia University from Spain in 1982 and then moved to Princeton University School of Architecture, where she has taught since 1988, and where she is the Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity, a graduate program that promotes the interdisciplinary study of forms of culture that came to prominence during the last century and looks at the interplay between culture and technology. In 2006-2007 she curated, with a group of Princeton Ph.D. students, the exhibition Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal.  The exhibition continues to travel around the world and will be shown in cities like Barcelona, Murcia, Santiago de Chile and Montevideo.

Some of her most known books and investigations include Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media, which was awarded the 1995 International Book Award by the American Institute of Architects; Sexuality and Space, awarded the 1993 AIA International Book Award; and Domesticity At War.

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Information Interview

Date of recording: 2012
Country: Spain
Language: English
Subtitles: No subtitles

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