Keller Easterling

Associate Professor of Architecture, Yale University

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    Architect and global infrastructure researcher Keller Easterling, Professor at Yale University, USA developed a conceptual framework based on her research of Extrastatecraft as a keynote speaker at the LafargeHolcim Forum 2016.

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    Keller Easterling, Professor at Yale University, USA

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    Professor Keller Easterling, School of Architecture, Yale University, and member of the Holcim Awards jury for North America in 2011. Photo: courtesy European Graduate School.

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    Professor Keller Easterling, School of Architecture, Yale University, and member of the Holcim Awards jury for North America introduces winners of the Acknowledgement prizes for 2011.

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    Keller Easterling, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Yale University, USA

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    The Holcim Awards jury for region North America met in Cambridge, MA, USA in July 2011 to select projects using the “target issues” for sustainable construction (l-r): Sheila Kennedy, Nader Tehrani, Harry Gugger, Mohsen Mostafavi (Head of Jury), Hans-Rudolf Schalcher, Bernard Terver, Mark West, Ray Cole, and Keller Easterling.

Keller Easterling is Associate Professor of Architecture at Yale University in New Haven, CT, USA.

Last updated: December 04, 2018 New Haven, CT, USA

Keller Easterling studied architecture at Princeton University and has taught architectural design and history at Parsons The New School for Design, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University.

Her books include Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014) examining global infrastructure networks as a medium of polity; Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and Its Political Masquerades (MIT Press, 2005) which researches familiar spatial products that have landed in difficult or hyperbolic political situations around the world; and Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT Press, 2001) where network theory is applied to a discussion of American infrastructure and development formats.

Keller Easterling is also the author of Call It Home: The House that Private Enterprise Built (Createspace, 2013), a laser disc history of suburbia; and American Town Plans (Princeton Architectural Press, 1996). She has completed two research installations on the Internet: Wildcards: A Game of Orgman and Highline: Plotting NYC.

Her work has been widely published in journals such as Grey Room, Volume, Cabinet, Assemblage, Log, Praxis, and Harvard Design Magazine and exhibited at the 2014 Venice Biennale as well as at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the Rotterdam Biennale, and the Architectural League in New York.

She presented the case study “Subtraction” in the workshop Mine the city - With logistics to circular metabolisms at the 3rd International Holcim Forum 2010 in Mexico City. She was a further author on “Poreform: Water absorptive surface and subterranean basin, Las Vegas, NV, USA” a water absorptive surface and subterranean basin that captures rain runoff and adds over 75,000 megaliters (20 billion gallons) to the city’s water supply capacity. The project won the Holcim Awards Gold 2014 for region North America.

She was awarded the Schelling Architectural Theory Award in 2018 for establishing ground-breaking points for the contemporary discussion on architecture and urban research.

Keller Easterling was a keynote speaker at the 5th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction dedicated to “Infrastructure Space” held April 7-9, 2016 in Detroit, USA.