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65 5th Ave, Room 411
New York, NY, 10003
United States

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Ernesto Oroza


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Ernesto Oroza

Architecture of Necessity


Ernesto Oroza is an artist, designer, and author based in South Florida whose creative practice is grounded in community research. A graduate of Havana’s Superior Institute of Design and later a professor in both Havana and Paris, he develops research methods as well as channels of dissemination that follow the vernacular practices and economic logics of his subject-objects. 


He is the author, most recently, of Notes sur la maison moirée (with Gean Moreno; Cité du design/École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Saint-Étienne, 2013), Editing Havana - Stories of Popular Housing (with Maja Asaa and Mira Kongstein; Aristo Bogforlag, 2011), RIKIMBILI. Une étude sur la désobéissance technologique et quelques formes de réinvention (Cité du design/École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Saint-Étienne, 2009), and Statement of Necessity (Alonso Art/BookSurge Publishing, 2008). These studies explore popular creativity as expressed in tool objects and the urban environment - what Oroza  theorizes respectively as “technological disobedience” and “architecture of necessity.”

Earlier Event: October 30
Rafi Youatt
Later Event: December 4
Linnaea Tillett