Tina di Carlo is on a mission for architecture: Having served as a curator in the architecture and design department at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from 2000 to 2007, and as a contributing editor at LOG: Observations on Contemporary Architecture and the City, di Carlo is now launching an organization called Archive of Spatial Aesthetics and Praxis. The group’s acronym, ASAP, a riff on the phrase “as soon as possible,” was chosen to underscore the urgency di Carlo feels should be given to elevating and promoting architecture as a form of art, alongside painting, sculpture, and other traditional media. Along with her colleague, curator Danielle Rago, a graduate of London’s Architectural Association and former RECORD intern, di Carlo has begun collecting photographs, texts, and digital media–among other things– that explore the many uses of architecture in all its contexts and forms. The public can view a catalogue of the archive online, though the collection includes physical objects, such as books, drawings, and design objects. This period of accumulation and curation began in 2010 and will be displayed for public viewing in New York City in 2012. In 2019, Di Carlo hopes another institution will absorb the archive into its permanent collection.
This week, RECORD caught up with the London-based curator and writer, who has an M.Arch from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, to learn more about ASAP.