The Museum and the Virtual City / Nicholas de Monchaux

Presented by UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

How does twenty-first-century technology dissolve and expand such a quintessentially nineteenth-century institution as the educational museum? How can the architectural traditions of ordering knowledge in the museum expand and refine our models for knowledge in the virtual world? Nicholas de Monchaux examines these and other questions in a live, online lecture and discussion, drawing on the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive's strategic planning process, as well as on his own work on new forms of digital urbanism. De Monchaux is assistant professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley and chair of the BAM/PFA Academic Advisory Committee.

Online interactive presentation
Live webcast here!

September 13, 2012
3:00 p.m.
Online interactive talk
Details TBA

Nicholas de Monchaux


Nicholas de Monchaux is an architect who works at the urban intersection of ecology and infrastructure. The author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (MIT Press, 2011), an Architectural history of the Apollo 11 Extra-vehicular garment, he is currently Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley. His work on the ecological design of vacant publically-owned land has been exhibited at the Biennial of the Americas, and SFMOMA, and will be featured in the US Pavillion of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. His work has been published in Log, Architectural Design, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and has been supported by the Smithsonian Institution, the Graham Foundation, the Santa Fe Institute, Autodesk, the Macdowell Colony and the Van Alen Institute.