Columbia GSAPP’s New “Extraction Lab” Will Launch in Black Rock Desert

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Columbia GSAPP’s Extraction Lab, led by Christoph Kumpusch, is a five year-long project beginning in August of this year with a student workshop at the 2017 Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. “With the desert as a canvas, and Burning Man as a context,” the project will deploy a roof structure into the heart of the gathering in order to—among other goals—”extract what is most absent in the landscape: water.” In this episode of GSAPP Conversations, Kumpusch outlines just what the new laboratory has planned.





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Plan: 2017 Burning Man Festival installation. Image © GSAPP Conversations

Plan: 2017 Burning Man Festival installation. Image © GSAPP Conversations

Model of the installation at 2017 Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, NV. Image © GSAPP Conversations

Model of the installation at 2017 Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, NV. Image © GSAPP Conversations

Model of the installation at 2017 Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, NV. Image © GSAPP Conversations

Model of the installation at 2017 Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, NV. Image © GSAPP Conversations

GSAPP Conversations is a podcast series designed to offer a window onto the expanding field of contemporary architectural practice. Each episode pivots around discussions on current projects, research, and obsessions of a diverse group of invited guests at Columbia, from both emerging and well-established practices. Usually hosted by the Dean of the GSAPP, Amale Andraos, the conversations also feature the school’s influential faculty and alumni and give students the opportunity to engage architects on issues of concern to the next generation.

You can listen to every episode of GSAPP Conversationshere. This particular episode is available to listen to directly on Soundcloud and through the iTunes store and iOS Podcasts app, where you can also Subscribe. GSAPP Conversations is a podcast produced by Columbia GSAPP’s Office of Communications and Events in collaboration with ArchDaily.

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