As Co-Chair of the Committee on Design for AIA Columbus, Matthew Teismann has organized a year-long themed event called [Re]Visiting the House. Over the course of one year, the AIA Columbus will organize four events. Three house tours will focus chronologically on sub-themes of the house over the last one hundred years: spatial planning, materials & fabrication, and lifestyle. [Re]Visiting the House will conclude with a panel discussion from leading local and national architects, critics, and historians to debate the future of the house - both architecturally and discursively.
Once a primary topic of architectural discourse, from Vitruvius to Laugier, the house as a container of necessity - safety and comfort - has largely been reduced to inconsequential discussion. Beyond coffee table books filled with full-bleed photographs, what happened to the architectural discourse regarding the house? Why is the single-family dwelling largely under-scrutinized and un-criticized? It is the aim of [Re]Visiting the House to ignite the field of inquiry regarding the single-family dwelling and its role within architectural circles.
In an era of capricious hyper form-making, a revisiting of the house as a vessel of living may shed some light on the importance of returning to a once proud architectural construct.
For more information on the [Re]Visiting the House series of events, please visit the AIA Columbus website here.