Guggenheim and Oldcastle Glass Co-host Architecture Symposium


Contamination: Impure Architecture

Saturday, June 3, 2006, from 10am-4pm

(NEW YORK, NY – May 15, 2006) On Saturday, June 3, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Oldcastle Glass will co-host a one-day symposium at the museum entitled “Contamination: Impure Architecture” on opening day of the special exhibition Zaha Hadid, on view at the Guggenheim through October 25, 2006. Bringing together leading architectural theorists and practitioners to discuss the theoretical notion of contamination and architecture, the symposium will be held from 10 AM to 4 PM, and is free to the public (reservations required).

The symposium is made possible by Oldcastle Glass.

The symposium is organized by Cynthia Davidson and LOG magazine.

As a product of culture, a time, and a process, architecture is contaminated and contaminates. This “impure architecture” may reflect and affect how we view civilizations today; it also brings into question our concepts of truth, ideality, utopia and progress as embodied in the built world, and the transformative power of contamination. These concepts and more will be explored in the day-long symposium.

The following roster of international architects and designers are participating:

• Kunlé Adeyemi, Rotterdam

• Elizabeth Diller, New York

• Zaha Hadid, London

• Sanford Kwinter, New York

• Greg Lynn, Los Angeles

• Gabriele Mastrigli, Rome

• Alex McDowell, Los Angeles

• Farshid Moussavi, London

• Patrik Schumacher, London

• Bernard Tschumi, New York

For reservations call (212) 423 3684, or e-mail

Press should contact Public Affairs for tickets.


Betsy Ennis / Leily Soleimani
Guggenheim Public Affairs
212-423-3840 E-mail:

Press images

Press Images

Download high resolution, press-approved images.

contact us

Have a media inquiry? Contact us for more information.