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Qatar National Library by OMA

The Met's A Year of Architecture in a Day symposium returns with MAD, OMA and more

Dezeen promotion: a day of architecture talks will take place Saturday 19 January 2019 at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, with Forensic Architecture's Eyal Weizman and OMA's Ellen van Loon on the roster of speakers.

Dezeen is media partner for the third edition of In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day, which will unfold at the Fifth Avenue museum's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium from 10:30am to 6:30pm.

Huangshan Mountain Complex by MAD
Speakers during the day of talks will include Ma Yansong of MAD, who will share details on the firm's Huangshan Mountain Village

As in previous years, the symposium will offer an overview of important spatial projects undertaken or completed over the past 12 months.

"The event will present a global spectrum of innovative and socially conscious architecture, contemporary art, photography, and cutting-edge research," said a statement from The Met.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Frida Escobedo
Mexican architect Frida Escobedo will discuss her 2018 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

This year's keynote presentation will be given by architect Eyal Weizman, who will discuss the work of his research agency Forensic Architecture, which applies strategic visualisation practices to politics, complex court cases, and conflict zones.

"The Forensic Architecture agency is committed to developing and disseminating new evidentiary techniques and works on behalf of international prosecutors, human rights and civil society groups, and political and environmental justice organisations," said The Met's statement.

El Alto, Freddy Mamani
Freddy Mamani will present his colourful transformation of El Alto, Bolivia

Also on the line-up is MAD Architects founder Ma Yansong, who will outline the challenges faced during the construction of his ambitious Huangshan Mountain Village in China.

Mexican architect Frida Escobedo will talk about her Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, erected in London's Kensington Gardens last summer, while Ellen van Loon of OMA will share details on the Qatar National Library.

The Met's architecture and design curator Beatrice Galilee – who has organised the symposium – will lead a conversation between Diller Scofidio + Renfro founding partner Elizabeth Diller and composer David Lang.

The trio will discuss the Mile-Long Opera, which took place along New York's High Line park in October 2018.

Space Project by Vincent Fournier
Photographer Vincent Fournier will join Kate Crawford, James Bridle, and moderator Ute Meta Bauer on a panel exploring design and architecture in an era of artificial intelligence

Another panel discussion titled In Our Future – Design in a Post-Human Age will feature AI Now Institute co-director Kate Crawford, artist and author James Bridle, and photographer Vincent Fournier. Moderated by Ute Meta Bauer, director of the Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, the group will explore themes around design and architecture in an era of artificial intelligence.

Other speakers throughout the day will include architects Jing Liu of SO-IL, Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ, and Minsuk Cho of Mass Studies. The full programme can be viewed on The Met's website.

Vatican Chapel by Carla Juacaba
The Vatican Chapel created for last year's Venice Architecture Biennale will be described by Carla Juacaba

The symposium is free with museum admission, but advance registration is recommended as space is limited and not guaranteed.

Separate registration is available for the morning and afternoon sessions. For those unable to attend, the talks will be streamed live on Dezeen and The Met's Facebook page.

In Our Time is made possible by Aesop, with support from Daniel Brodsky, Diego Marroquin, Suchi Reddy / Reddymade, Philip Lehman Foundation, Sara Meltzer, and Dr William Pordy.

Main image of OMA's Qatar National Library is by Iwan Baan.