As a part of POWER conference (Oct. 7, 2011), N H D M moderated and responded to the first session "Power Alliances" that included speakers Jeffrey Inaba, Julie Snow, Dan Wood, and others.
Session Brief - The landscape of alliances is an increasingly malleable yet encompassing one. The organization of practice is readily modified beyond the conventional framework of patrons and designers, while the roles of the state, institutions, and corporations consistently shift, merge, and divide in an extraordinary capacity. This session examines architecture's engagement with authority and capital, and its potential as an active agency. Exploring the challenges and risks as well as the productivity and efficacy in the deployment of power, the panel attempts to elicit views on the utility of alliance and the necessity of a measured autonomy. In an era of scarcity and transformation, can architecture shape the responsible form of power?