11.13.2019 | Working on Water is an interdisciplinary performance that explores the dark spaces of architecture from the cultural topographies of water to the topological conditions of deep space. Enacting feminist theorist Tina Campt's concept of "practicing refusal", this multi-media performance juxtaposes and enmeshes sound, visual art, choreography, video, architecture, film, and spoken word to create radical modalities of witnessing and architectural representation that "refuse authoritative forms of visuality which function to refuse blackness itself." The performance is an exploration of architecture and the black ontology of water from the ship hulls of the Middle Passage, to the segregated waters of public swimming pools and beaches during the Jim Crow era, to the contemporary conditions of forced migration due to climate change. ---"They say our people were born on the water." Performed at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation on November 21, 2019. Watch the performance here.
11.07.2019 | Huff + Gooden Architects' design for the new Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum (The Woodson) in St. Petersburg, Florida wins an AIA Tampa Bay 2019 design award. Mario Gooden is the lead design architect in collaboration with Wannemacher Jensen Architects.
10.21.2019 | Mario Gooden presents Working on Water a performance in collaboration with choreographer Jonathan Gonzalez and filmmaker Thuto Durkac Somo at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Working on Water is a work Exploring ideas of blackness and architecture from the cultural topographies of water to the topological conditions of deep space. "They say our people were born on the water." October 21, 2019, Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall, Columbia University.
10.16.2019 | Mario Gooden will discuss the work of Matthew Au and Mira Henry in a roundtable discussion with the designers in conjunction with their exhibition Current Interests by Current Interests at the Princeton School of Architecture. From the designers' statement: "It's hot here. Draw the shades. Turn off the lights. And so it is that we arrive at the next incarnation of Los Angeles's architectural lineage. In this version, dreams of transparency and light frame construction are replaced with another reality and set of desires: privacy, redundancy, and really good "R-value." Current Interests by Current Interests dips the gallery into a world of decision-making and atmospheric effects with a series of mock-ups of the Silver House Studio, an in-progress residential project located in LA. The exhibition explores the thickening and exaggeration of conventional building systems as a result of modeling, imaging, and subjective thinking." October 16, 2019, North Gallery, Princeton School of Architecture, 6:00PM.
10.01.2019 | Mario Gooden collaborates with artist Jenny Brockmann for Entanglement #3: Violence part of Brockmann's Dialogues on a Future Communication. Berlin-based sculptor Jenny Brockmann will debut her latest multidisciplinary and discursive exhibition Dialogues on at 1014 a new cross-disciplinary forum in Manhattan. The product of several years of collaborative exchange and research in topics as varied as resilience, critical race theory, social evolution biology, urban planning, Dialogues on A Future Communication is interested in diverse knowledge bases, histories and how seemingly unrelated knowledge may be critically interwoven. Curated by Niama Safia Sandy. October 1, 2019, 7 - 9 PM.
09.27.2019 | Mario Gooden joins Torkwase Dyson and Lyron P. Brooks in conversation for the opening of Dyson's solo exhibition, 1919: Black Water, at the Arthur Ross Gallery at Columbia University. Through painting, drawing, and sculpture Dyson responds to the 100th anniversary of the "Red Summer" of 1919, a period of heightened racial violence across the United States. Her project explores a tragic episode that unfolded in the segregated waters of Chicago's beaches, which provides a historical framework to think through the contested geography of water, and the relationships between race, climate migration, and the architectural imagination. September 27, 2019, Arthur Ross Gallery, Columbia University, 6:00 PM.
09.22.2019 | In advance of the United Nations Secretary-General's Climate Action Summit, where a Buildings Commitment is presenting, Mario Gooden will moderate the high-level panel discussion "Driving Transformational Change: Architecture and Ecosystems for Healthy Resilient Cities." Building on a series of joint UN Environment / UN Habit / Yale University initiatives which showcased what is possible if we translate aspirations into new building and urban systems designs, this event brings together decision makers and practitioners to address the way forward to achieve the Paris Agreement on Climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. September 22, 2019, The Yale Club of New York City, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
09.19.2019 - 01.05.20 | Mario Gooden contributes to the third Chicago Architecture Biennial "...And Other Such Stories" with the visual essay entitled "Appearances and (Non)Erasures: Mapping Confederate Monuments and the Radical Conditionedness of Liberation." The visual essay explores cultural topography of Southern Confederate Monuments in relationship to the violence and student actions in the pursuit of spatial justice of the Civil Rights era.
06.22.2019 | Mario Gooden organized and moderate the one-day symposium and community conversation: "Making History / Building Visions" sponsored by the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. This event was designed to bring together the local community, national scholars and architectural designers in conversation regarding the African American cultural production and the making, writing, and collecting of African American history. The symposium featured guest speakers, Dr. Mabel O. Wilson, professor and author of Negro Building: African Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums (2012) and the forthcoming Building Race and Nation: How Slavery and Dispossession Shaped America's Civic Architecture; Walter Hood, landscape architect and director of Hood Design Studio, Oakland, California; Dr. Michelle Joan Wilkinson, curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC; and Gwendolyn Reese, prominent speaker, historian and president of the African American Heritage Trail, St. Petersburg, FL. Huff + Gooden Architects is currently designing the renovation and expansion of The Woodson in association with Wannenmacher Jensen Architects.
05.18.2019 | Mario Gooden will be a panelist at the upcoming Theory's Curriculum event at e-flux in NYC, 311 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002. Syllabi are theory's infrastructure. They set a program for study, give structure to vast networks of ideas, and define an interpretative stance on the world. This one-day event will address who our theory syllabi represent, what theoretical objects or concerns they should address, and why we should continue to teach architectural theory today? The program will include the launch and presentation of the e-flux Architecture project Theory's Curriculum as well as responses to the project by 12 panelists who will discuss the who, what and why of architectural theory today in a series of panel sessions.
05.11.2019 | On view now through November 3, 2019, HERE THERE: In Frederic Church's Ombra at the Olana State Historic Site, Hudson Valley, New York. To respond to the challenge of a design that resonates with the 21st century significance of Olana, Mario Gooden invited landscape architect Walter Hood to collaborate on an installation HERE THERE. The installation interrogates the spatial inversion between the interior of the Main House at Olana and the exterior views of the Hudson River Valley Landscape through the interplay of a computer-generated model of the house, 3D scanning technology, and images of the exterior landscape. Using these technologies elements from the interior of the house are projected into the landscape and conversely, elements of the landscape are transported into the house.
05.05.2019 | Mario Gooden moderated In the Courtyard: A Space for Black art at The FORUM at the 2019 edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York at Industria. Joined by Mabel Wilson (Associate Professor of Architecture, Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation) and Emanuel Admassu (Founding Partner, AD-WO architectural practice) the discussion explored the specificity of architecture as a framing device, a marker of time and a space to hold cultural heritage, past, present and future. 1-54 FORUM, the fair's unique discursive programme, explored convergences across artistic and cultural production, critical thinking and ideas. This year's 1-54 FORUM was curated by Black Chalk and Co., an artist creative agency founded by Zimbabwean artists Nontsikelelo Mutiti and Tinashe Mushakavanhu.
04.16.2019 | Mario Gooden and Mabel Wilson, Co-directors of the Global Africa Lab at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation are the recipients of a 2019 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture. The Global Africa Lab was initiated by Gooden and Wilson in 2012 to elucidate the nature of the global African diaspora through design, research, and technology. The work of the Lab "reminds us that architecture and design can and should be a participant in the struggle for a just world," said Billie Tsien, a 2019 juror.
04.13.2019 | Mario Gooden presented the Saturday April 13, 2019 keynote at the Black Imagination Matters (BIM Incubator) conference at Princeton University. Gooden's lecture performance entitled Radical Alterity: The Motion of Light in Water is a collage of sound, movement, image and text --- a meditation on space-time, general relativity, black holes, architecture, art, blackness, and "being in the wake."
04.02.2019 | Mario Gooden joins Omar Berrada as moderators for AN EVENING WITH TORKWASE DYSON AND FRANCOISE VERGES. Artist Torkwase Dyson, the spring 2019 Robert Gwathmey chair in architecture and art at the cooper union, and writer Francoise Verges, featured lecturer in the spring 2019 IDS Lecture Series, will speak about their work which touches on race, sustainability, and access to equitable space. Their talks will be followed by an opening reception in the 41 Cooper Gallery, located at 41 Cooper Square, for Dyson's new solo exhibition I Can Drink the Distance. Tuesday April 2, 2019, 7:00 PM, Great Hall at Cooper Union.
03.30.2019 | Black Production and the Space of the University This one-day symposium aims to provide a space for historical, methodological, and theoretical discussions that examine the relationship between black production and the space of the University, including paper presentations by five current university students and one recent graduate, organized into two panels, Rereading/Rewriting/Reinventing the Canon and Black Space-Making in and against 'The Master's House', with moderation by V. Mitch McEwen and Justin Garrett Moore respectively, and a keynote conversation with Toni L. Griffin and Mario Gooden. Saturday March 30, 2019. East Gallery Buell Hall, Columbia University.
03.29.2019 | Roundtable | (Anti/Post/De)-Colonial Practice This public roundtable discusses the purposes and intentions of the seminar (Anti/Post/De-)Colonial Practices cotaught by Mario Gooden, Samia Henni, Mpho Matsipa, and Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi at the School of Architecture. With each speaking from a specific archive, geography, and interest, the instructors expose architecture students to a critical rereading and rethinking of modern built environments and their histories and theories. Through anti/post/de-colonial practices, the four instructors and their students intend to depict the intrinsic relationships between modernity and violence, and scrutinize the possibilities for a reversal of that violence through historical and theoretical analysis and understanding. Friday March 29, 2019, The Cooper Union, 47 Cooper Square. 6:30 PM
01.30.2019 | Mario Gooden will present Radical Alterities: Performance and Architecture at the Sam Fox School of Architecture at Washington University, St. Louis at 12:00 PM. Performance itself, the staging or presentation of a mode of cultural expression or production, can serve as a radical tool to rethink the discipline of architecture, and to bring architecture into intersectional discourse in critical present-day debates including feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, disabilities theory, and other modes of analysis.
01.19.2019 | Clinton Church Restoration has announced the hiring of Huff + Gooden Architects as the project architect for the restoration and adaptive reuse of the historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Dedicated in 1887, the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church served as the spiritual, cultural and political home for the local African American community for nearly 130 years. It was also a place of significance for author and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois, who was born and raised in Great Barrington. Du Bois scholars have called the church "a crucible that nurtured the spirit and honed the skills of 'Willie' Du Bois" and "a place of continual and important social reference for him." The building will be transformed into an African American Cultural Center. Joining Huff + Gooden on the design team is historic preservation architect John A. James, architect and historian Mabel O. Wilson of Studio &, and landscape architect Walter J. Hood of Hood Design Studio.
11.13.2018 | Mario Gooden and Huff + Gooden Architects's works are featured in the group exhibition African American Architects: The South Carolina Connection at the Arthur Rose Museum Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina. The exhibition include's Gooden's current design research as well as projects for the California African American Museum, Market Up - Johannesburg, and various built works.
10.24.2018 | Mario Gooden presents a performance / lecture "Architecture Event / Horizon" on the occasion of the Martine Syms' installation installation, Incense Sweaters & Ice at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House galleries in Chicago. October 24, 2018, 6:00 PM. Madlener House 4 West Burton Place, Chicago.
10.12.2018 | Mario Gooden will speak at the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (nycobaNOMA) and the AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee for "Attaining Wakandan Utopia: Representation, Place-Making and the Diaspora", presented as the 2018 J. Max Bond Jr. Lecture, an annual design talk in memory of J. Max Bond, Jr., FAIA, NOMA.
10.09.2018 | Bennington College presents Mario Gooden as part of the Visual Arts Lecture Series Tuesday October 9, 2018 in Tishman Lecture Hall. Gooden will also participate in studio visits and crits in the Visual Arts Department.
09.29.2018 | Mario Gooden presented the performance-lecture "Radical Alterity: Race Space and
07.21.2018 | Mario Gooden joins painter and sculptor Torkwase Dyson for PopRally Presents Studio Visit: Practice as Ritual at the Museum of Modern Art, Saturday July 21, 2018 at 9:00PM. Inspired by Wolfgang Laib's Milkstone -a hand-polished piece of marble into which milk is carefully poured daily- Dyson will consider the gestural language of building and maintaining sculpture in an evening of performance and sculpture entitled "The Shapes that Makes the Black."
05.26.2018 - 11.25.2018 | Mario Gooden participates in Form N-X00: New Forms of Citizenship in association with the US Pavilion Venice Biennale Architeturra 2018: Dimensions of Citizenship, May 26 - November 25, 2018. Form N-X00: New Forms for Citizenship responds to contemporary understandings of citizenship. Revisiting the bureaucratic application for naturalization to the US, Form N-600, this series asks an international group of architects, designers, writers, artists, and thinkers to contribute their thoughts on how inclusion and exclusion are spatially constructed.
05.21.2018 | BLKX DESIGN will host Mario Gooden for a Design Talk and Conversation on Monday May 21, 2018 at Gallery 30 in Brooklyn, New York. BLACK (by) DESIGN looks to bridge the gap between emerging and seasoned designers in their respective fields and to further educate about the black designer's experience and influence across the diaspora.
04.26.2018 | Mario Gooden and Mabel Wilson will speak at the Munich Exchange: Intellectual and Creative Mobilities at the A.M. Architekturmuseum der TU Munchen, Munich, Germany in conjunction with the African Mobilities exhibition. Following the seven exchanges across Africa and the diaspora that were a major part of the preparation of the exhibition African Mobilities at the Architekturmuseum der TUM, "Munich Exchange" brings together designers, curators, artists and researchers to discuss creative practices about im/mobility on a global scale. The African participants of the exhibition are joined by European colleagues to open up the discourse beyond Africa.
04.25.2018 | Mario Gooden, Mabel Wilson and Columbia University's Global Africa Lab research "Im/mobility and the Afro-Imaginary" will be exhibited at the African Mobilities exhibition at A.M. Architekturmuseum der TU Munchen, Munich, Germany April 25 - August 19, 2018. At a time when international borders are being violently redrawn, maintained and policed, and domestic territories are increasingly implicated with accelerated geo-political re-alignments and capitalist circuits of extraction, this exhibition seeks to explore how architecture responds to the complexity of African Mobilities - beyond the figure of the refugee. African cities are reconsidered as sites of innovation, rapid transformations, new architectural typologies, infrastructures and technologies.
04.12.2018 | Mario Gooden will present his lecture Dark Space as part of the Sciame Lecture Series at the Spitzer School of Architecture of the City College of the New York. Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, 141 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.
04.05.2018 | Mario Gooden will speak at Noncompliant Bodies: Social Equity and Public Space, a symposium convened by Joel Sanders and Susan Stryker, explores the relationship between architecture and the demands for social justice voiced by people who have been marginalized on the basis of race, gender and disability. The symposium will examine three architectural types: restrooms, museums, and urban streets. Hastings Hall, Yale School of Architecture, 180 York St, New Haven, CT 06511, Friday 04/06, 2:00pm - 7:30pm, Saturday 04/07, 10:00am - 5:30pm
03.02.2018 | Mario Gooden joins Torkwase Dyson and the Wynter-Wells Drawing School for Environmental Justice at The Drawing Center in New York for the Winter Term Class 2: Architecture and Liquidity: What types of energy are available to us and why should we diversify and use less? This class will investigate diverse sources of energy and their site-specific pros and cons. As a drawing project, it will consider hydroelectric power and gravitational potential energy as a way to examine state changes in matter and liquid. In addition, it will use the fundamental logic of elevation drawing to think through the science of water and the way in which it shapes space.
02.17.2018 | Mario Gooden and Mabel Wilson of Columbia University's Global Africa Lab will moderate a public discussion African Mobilities - Im/mobility + Afro-Imaginary at Gavin Brown Enterprises 439 West 127th Street, New York City. The discussion will bring together artists, urbanists, and architects working in New York City and around the world to discuss how policing, the legacy of urban renewal, and other disruptive pressures of the modern neo-liberal city disrupt black urban mobility. This event is part of the African Mobilities New York Exchange for the This is Not a Refugee Camp exhibition at the Architekturmuseum der TU Munchen April 25 - August 19, 2018. The event is open to the public.
02.17.2018 | Mario Gooden and Mabel Wilson co-directors of Columbia University's Global Africa Lab will lead a masterclass: IM/MOBILITIES + THE AFRO-IMAGINARY. The masterclass is by invitation only and is part of the African Mobilities New York Exchange for the This is Not a Refugee Camp exhibition at the Architekturmuseum der TU Munchen April 25 - August 19, 2018.
02.03.2018 | Mario Gooden will speak about image and representation at Studio Musuem / New York Public Library's studio salon. Gooden will highlight architecture's engagement with issues of black representation in a discussion of his book Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity.
12.02.2017 | Mario Gooden presented the gallery talk "W.E.B Dubois and the Architecture of Housing and Race: The Philadelphia Negro and the Laurence Dunbar Apartments" at the Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem, and Modern Housing exhibition at the Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University.
11.06.2017 | Artist Jimmy Robert reflects on his Performa Commission at Philip Johnson's Glass House, Imitation of Lives, with architect and Associate Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Mario Gooden live at the Performa 17 Hub, 427 Broadway New York, NY 10013. Read the interview between Mario Gooden and Jimmy Robert at the Performa Magazine.
10.20.2017 | Mario Gooden will be in conversation with Cecily Brown, Jonathan Horowitz, and Marilyn Minter for Another 100 Days: Artists Organizing Resistance. Columbia GSAPP continues the "100 Days" talk series in which faculty and students gather to discuss, organize, and plan for changes during the Trump administration. Our next event features artists who are organizing for collective action through political action committees such as Downtown for Democracy and artist-run protest groups like Halt Action Group.
10.11.2017 | Mario Gooden presented the lecture "Dark Space" at Louisiana State University College of Art & Design's Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture Series and discusses Huff + Gooden Architects' recent work.
10.07.2017 | Mario Gooden and Mabel Wilson presented "Afro-Imaginaries: Exploring Blackness and the City" at the 2017 Black In Design Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Design organized by the Harvard GSD African American Student Union. The theme of this year’s conference: Designing Resistance Building Coalitions.
09.29.2017 | Mario Gooden presents the lecture "Dark Space" at the University of Kansas for the Fall Lecture Series and discusses Huff + Gooden Architects' recent work. The lecture is sponsored by the KU National Organization of Minority Architecture Students.
09.14.2017 | Want To Fight Inequality With Design? Read These Books Now. Urban designers, architects, professors, and activists share their essential reads. Mabel Wilson recommends Dark Space at Fast Company's Co.Design.
07.17.2017 | Dark Space reviewed in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Amber Wiley reviewed Mario Gooden's Dark Space in the most recent issue. Wiley sees in the book a call to "designers to employ a more thorough methodological process...that acknowledges the existence and autonomy of the black subject, the black experience, and black identity."
07.11.2017 | Mario Gooden and Mabel Wilson (Co-directors of the Global Africa Lab at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture Planning & Preservation) will moderate "AFRO-IMAGINARIES for the Future Harare: How History, Memory, Imagination and Dreams Can Inform Social Practices" at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CAT).
04.22.2017 | Mario Gooden and Mabel Wilson (Co-directors of the Global Africa Lab at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture Planning & Preservation) will moderate "African Modernism(s): Past/Present/Future" at the New York AIA Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
04.03.2017 | Mario Gooden receives the 2017 Design Excellence Award from the University of Florida School of Architecture in recognition and appreciation for outstanding contributions that advance the discourse and practice of Architecture through design. Gooden was named Faculty of the Year at the University of Florida in 1996.
03.23.2017 | Mario Gooden joins Joel Sanders in response to his lecture on "Non-Compliant Bodies: Social Equity and Public Space" at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation of Columbia University. This event is hosted by QSAPP.
01.20.2017 | Mario Gooden speaks at "THE FIRST 100 DAYS: DAY 1" at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation of Columbia University to discuss, organize, and plan for changes to come during the Trump administration.
12.01.2016 | Mario Gooden presents "Mapping Venus and the Reflexive Lenses of Representation" at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics of the University of Pittsburg Symposium: Why Does Black Art Matter Now? Book signing and reception.
08.25.2016 | Mario Gooden, AIA is interviewed by Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, for the AIANY Oculus and Center for Architecture podcast. Gooden and Baltierra discussed Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity, published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City.
07.28.2016 | Huff + Gooden Architects presents its manifesto for urban design and housing in Sharing Models: Manhattanisms Friday, July 15, 2016 - Friday, September 2, 2016 at Storefront for Art and Architecture.
07.11.2016 | Mario Gooden launches his book Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity at the Center for Architecture and discusses "Space as Praxis as Identity" with architect Joel Sanders. Book signing and reception.
05.17.2016 | Mario Gooden discusses "(Black) Sexuality and Space" from Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity at Storefront for Art and Architecture with Prof. Mabel Wilson and Prof. Meredith TenHoor. Book signing and reception.
04.08.2016 | Other Desires: The African City is an all day conference at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning & Preservation of Columbia University organized by Mario Gooden, Mabel Wilson and Mpho Matsipa.
03.10.2016 | Mario Gooden launches his book Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity at Open House Architecture in Cape Town with Columbia GSAPP Studio X Johannesburg. Book signing and reception.
03.08.2016 | Mario Gooden launches his book Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity and discusses "Liberation as Spatial Practice" at David Krut Bookstore, Parkwood, Johannesburg with Columbia GSAPP Studio X Johannesburg. Book signing and reception.
10.08.2015 | Mario Gooden presents his lecture "IMAGE-CITIES" on the work of Huff + Gooden Architects and the "Market-UP" urban redevelopment project currently under construction in Johannesburg, South Africa at Columbia GSAPP Studio X Mumbai.
02.26.2015 | Mario Gooden presents "Dystopic Utopia: Public Art in the World Class African City" at the Fordham University Urban Law Journal Conference Law, Urban Space And The Future Of Artistic Expression: Perspectives On Recent Regulatory Developments.