Keynote in Cumulus Conference, May 24–26, 2012, Helsinki Finland.
Eric Schuldenfrei is a designer focusing on the evolving relationship between urbanism, architecture, and art. Architectural projects completed in collaboration with Marisa Yiu have been featured in many international biennales: ‘Urban Pastoral’ for the 2008 Venice Biennale; ‘Human Motor’ in Ljubljana; and ‘Mediated Labour’ for the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale. Past projects include an art installation commissioned by Agnes Gund, President Emerita of the MoMA in New York.
Schuldenfrei received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University as well as a Master and Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge. He has taught at Princeton University; Columbia University; and at the Architectural Association.
Together with Marisa Yiu, Schuldenfrei was awarded the ‘Architectural League Prize for Young Architects’ and the Perspective ‘40 under 40’ award. Their work has been published in MIT Thresholds, A/D, DomusChina, Architectural Record, and he has recently published Instant Culture, a book co-edited with Marisa Yiu. Schuldenfrei served as the Curator for Exhibition, Education, Film, and Media for the 2009 Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale. He has presented at the inaugural International Design Alliance congress, Harvard University AsiaGSD lecture series; Columbia University; the University of Cambridge; and at the V&A museum in London.