Elizabeth Diller in conversation with Oliver Wainwright
Elizabeth Diller, founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), will discuss the studio’s recent civic and cultural projects with Guardian architecture and design critic Oliver Wainwright. The session will consider the role of cultural projects in urban regeneration, the future of the city and the increasing dominance of technology in relation to two of DS+R’s ongoing New York projects: the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Modern Art, whose new east section opened in summer 2017, and The Shed, a multi-arts centre designed by DS+R in collaboration with Rockwell Group. Set to open in 2019, The Shed is enclosed by an innovative telescoping outer shell that deploys over an adjoining plaza to double the building’s footprint on demand. It will be located at 30th Street, adjacent to another of the firm’s significant public projects, the High Line (opened 2015): a public park created from an abandoned elevated railroad, which now anchors Chelsea’s gallery district.
Based in New York, Diller Scofidio + Renfro is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts and the performing arts. Recent projects include The Broad in Los Angeles and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California. The studio is currently working on The Mile-Long Opera to be staged along a one-mile stretch of the High Line.
Trained as an architect at the University of Cambridge and Royal College of Art, Oliver Wainwright has written extensively on architecture and design for international publications including Building Design, the Architects’ Journal, Domus and frieze. He has won awards for his in-depth reporting on the UK housing crisis and planning system.