Tuesday, February 11, 2020
The recent challenges confronted by Minsuk Cho and his practice Mass Studies arrive through the many external forces and urban ecologies at play – mainly that of culture and nature. Whether it be within the political, environmental, or social context of the city, its history and future, independent and symbiotic approaches and the crossing of stimuli become the impetus of the various architectural approaches for a series of projects currently in progress. The diverse ‘grounds’ being examined range in scale, use, and context.
Minsuk Cho founded the Seoul-based firm Mass Studies in 2003. He has been committed to the discourse of architecture through socio-cultural and urban research, and mostly built works, which have been recognized globally. Representative works include the Pixel House, Missing Matrix, Bundle Matrix, Shanghai Expo 2010: Korea Pavilion, Daum Space.1, Tea Stone/Innisfree, Southcape, Dome-ino, the Daejeon University Student Dormitory. Current in-progress projects include the new Seoul Cinematheque (Montage 4:5), the Danginri Cultural Space (Danginri Podium and Promenade), and the Yang-dong District Main Street (Sowol Forest) and the recently selected design for the Yeonhui Public Housing Complex. Active beyond his practice, he co-curated the 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, and was the commissioner and co-curator of the Korean Pavilion for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, which was awarded the Gold Lion for Best National Participation. In late 2014, PLATEAU Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, held their first ever architecture exhibition, highlighting his works in a solo exhibition titled "Before/After: Mass Studies Does Architecture." Cho is an active lecturer and speaker at symposiums worldwide.
Mr. Cho's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Hive of the 5Cs and EnviroLab Asia.
Photo credit: Nina Ahn
Sally C. Pipes, president, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy at the Pacific Research Institute, will discuss the dire long-term repercussions of the single payer health care system, or “Medicare for All,” advocated by Bernie Sanders and others. With the U.S. government as the sole provider of healthcare, all private coverage banned, and healthcare extended to illegal immigrants, costs would quickly outpace funding, and similarly to Canada and Britain, lead to long wait periods, paucity of medical professionals, and rationing of medical care. Pipes instead will present a market-based alternative to Medicare for All where all Americans have access to affordable care.
Sally C. Pipes is president, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy at the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank founded in 1979. Prior to becoming president of PRI in 1991, she was assistant director of the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada.
An expert on health care and health care reform, she has been featured in multiple national media outlets and publications. A regular commentator on the shortcomings of Medicare For All, Pipes writes a bi-weekly health care column for Forbes.com and for the Washington Examiner’s blog “Beltway Confidential.” In 2018 alone, she published over 300 health care op-eds, many of which were reprinted and retweeted.
Pipes’ views on health care also appeared in a special report of the world’s 30 leading health care experts published by Forbes.com entitled, “Solutions: Health Care” and in Steve Forbes’ latest book How Capitalism Can Save Us. A seasoned and gifted debater, Pipes been invited to many high-level discussions and debates about healthcare reform where she eloquently argues against single payer type of systems.
Pipes served as one of Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s four health care advisors in his bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2008. She was featured in Michael Moore’s movie “Sicko” and has participated in prominent public forums, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Oversight Committee, the Senate HELP Committee, and in the California, Maine, and Oregon legislatures.
Author of several books on health care, Encounter Books will publish her next book False Premise, False Promise: The Disastrous Reality of Medicare for All in early 2020. Pipes serves on multiple boards, including BRI, a Federalist Society-type organization for medical students across America, which she founded in 2008.
Recipient of an honorary Ph.D. from Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy in 2018, she also received the Roe Award at the 2004 annual meeting of State Policy Network. The award is a tribute to an individual in the state public policy movement who has a passion for liberty, a willingness to work for it, and noteworthy achievement in turning dreams into realities. Human Events named her one of the Top 10 Women in the Conservative Movement in America, among other national accolades.
Pipes, a former Canadian, became an American citizen in 2006 and is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international society of economists.
Ms. Pipes's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored with funding from the Open Academy at CMC.