Pratt’s End of Year Exhibition is opening this weekend, featuring work from Crisis Fronts!
May 14-16, 2011, Higgins Hall Lobby,
Opening Reception – Sunday, May 15, 2pm
Michael Dowlatowski + Katherine Kania
Carla Lores + Michael Yarinsky
Tai-li Lee + Hiram Rodriguez
Patrick Donbeck + Scott Segal
Thanks to all of the critics for coming and thanks and congratulations to the students for incredible work, and a tremendous year.
Abby Coover Hume
Michael Chen and Jason Lee will lecture at Parsons as part of the Fall Design and Existential Risk Lecture Series on December 09, 2010 at 6pm.
Design and Existential Risk
Fall 2010 Lecture series
Parsons The New School for Design
Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Avenue
6 PM – 8.30 PM
Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served
As we enter the second decade of the 21st Century, we are challenged by unprecedented planetary scale events: resource wars, climate change, emerging diseases- which increase in frequency and pose unprecedented problems for mapping and design. What can the role be for design when the reality that faces us is more extraordinary than the worlds we have imagined in science fiction?
Design and Existential Risk is a series of conversations with leading thinkers, designers, authors and educators, critically questioning how the practice of design can imagine and prepare for extreme existential risks. Each event will explore the ways design thinking engages sustainability and indeed our very survival across near term [5 years], mid term [20 years] through very, very long term [tens of thousands of years and longer] time frames.
Today, due to everyday revolutions in communications, computation, biotech, and nanotech, we face, statistically speaking, a range of existential risks that could transform or eradicate humanity and irrevocably alter all the systems on our planet. Indeed, along with massive geopolitical transformations catalyzed by energy and resource scarcity and systems management issues, we face constant social upheaval as a consequence of technologically driven globalization. From fast-forward cultural hybridization to nearly lifelike, esoteric economic instruments [and their spectacular collapse], we can sense an advance wave that heralds ever more extraordinary disruptive phenomena, including truly ubiquitous computation or even embryonic artificial intelligence systems. Farther a-field, off world, there is the risk of global catastrophe, through asteroid impacts or greater cosmologically scaled disasters.
Part of the design challenge we face is relatively simple and pragmatic: how can we predict, prepare for and react to such extreme situations. But another more urgent question parallels our work to design for these unstable futures: can we even conceive of some of the risks we may face as our technological capabilities accelerate every day and become increasingly hard to map and comprehend? An unprecedented evolution, transmutation, and erosion of scientific process [and the basic frameworks of mind ] has put at risk our ability to imagine systems in a space and time outside of the contexts we are familiar with. We are rapidly approaching an epistemological event horizon, beyond which we can barely speculate.
-Ed Keller, coordinator/moderator
October 9 Geoff Manaugh, USC, BLDGBLOG, Wired UK
October 21 Robin Hanson, Associate Professor, George Mason University; Research Associate, Oxford Future of Humanity Institute
October 28 Keller Easterling, Professor, Yale University; author, Enduring Innocence
November 4 Benjamin H. Bratton, Director, Center for Design and Geopolitics and Associate Professor, UCSD; in conversation with McKenzie Wark, Associate Dean, Eugene Lang College
November 11 Jeffrey Inaba, INABA
November 18 Kazys Varnelis, Director, Network Architecture Lab, Columbia Univ. GSAPP
Date TBA Elizabeth Ellsworth, Associate Provost for Curriculum and Learning and Professor, Media Studies, The New School; smudge studio, Jamie Kruse, smudge studio, David Gersten, The Cooper Union
Date TBA Bruce Sterling, author, Tomorrow Now
December 2 Mark Wigley, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP in conversation with Joel Towers, Dean, Parsons
December 9 Michael Chen and Jason Lee, Pratt, Crisis Fronts Design Research, Annie Kwon and Adriana Young, The New School, GPIA Crisis Networks
Michael Chen and Jason Lee will present a paper Illicit Protocols and Cognitive Infrastructure at the ACSA West Central Fall Conference, “Flip Your Field” at the University of Illinois, Chicago, October 20-23.
Three recently appointed Deans discuss surprising practices in design education and give how-to advice on counter-intuition and design intelligence.
Monica Ponce de Leon, UMich TCAUP
Michael Speaks, UKY College of Design
Sarah Whiting, Rice School of Architecture
in conversation with
Robert Somol, UIC School of Architecture
Parkour, play, sub-pop, and a parallel post-modernism vie for the attention of an expanded architectural audience.
Michael Meredith (MOS), Jason Payne (UCLA), William T Willoughby (LA Tech), Peter Zellner (SCI-Arc) Agent: Paul Preissner (UIC)
Satellite farming, sensorial media, experimental time, and monster maps look at architecture with eyes wide shut.
Eva Franch (Rice), Thomas Forget (UNC), Jordan Geiger (SUNY-Buffalo), Hazem Ziada (SPSU) Agent: Jon Yoder (Syracuse)
Eroded surfaces, arrayed assemblies, steam bending, and seam stressing push the boundary of architectural envelopes.
Danielle Briscoe (UT Austin), Matt Burgermaster (NJIT), Grant Gibson (UIC), Steven Y Mankouche (UMich) Agent: Julie Flohr (UIC)
Stolen symmetry, Latin influences, anxious swerves, and corrupted precedents transmit the passage of architectural ideas.
Richard R Gnat (KSU), Amanda R Lawrence (Northeastern), Juan Manuel Rois (UIC), David Salomon (Syracuse) Agent: Penelope Dean (UIC)
Emergency devices, ambulance chasing, epic failures, and big form promise new opportunities to start over.
Sarah Dunn (UIC)|Martin Felsen (IIT), Elijah Huge (Wesleyan), Karen J Lewis (OSU), Jeremy Voorhees (Temple) Agent: John McMorrough (UMich TCAUP)
Active surfaces, atypical plans, global networks, and urban acupuncture organize architectural facts.
Sarah Deyong (Texas A&M), Keith Krumwiede (Yale), Clare Lyster (UIC), Kiel Moe (Northeastern) Agent: Dawn Finley (Rice)
Rose-tinted worlds, live models, synthetic environments, and resources to burn redirect architecture’s relationship with energy.
Paul Andersen (!ndie Architecture), Helene Furjan (UPenn), Nataly Gattegno|Jason Kelly Johnson (CCA), Ulrika Karlsson (KTH)| Marcelyn Gow (KTH|SCI-Arc) Agent: Sean Lally(UIC)
Radical railbanking, productive obstacles, collective interventions, and shaky deals offer new freedoms from old constraints.
Heide Y Beebe|Doug Skidmore (Beebe Skidmore Architects), McLain Clutter (UMich), Edward Mitchell (Yale), Thomas Moran (UMich) Agent: Alex Lehnerer (UIC)
Megaforms, Hilberseimer, Walmart, and illicit protocols instigate new metropolitan forms, programs, and fictions.
Michael Chen (Pratt)|Jason Lee (Pratt), Daniela Fabricius (Princeton), Jesse Le Cavalier (ETH Zürich), Neyran Turan (Rice) Agent: Alexander Eisenschmidt (UIC)
Repurposed variables, bred materials, adaptive systems, and fantastic offspring engineer architectural values.
Kory Michael Bieg (CCA), Santiago R Perez (UH), Jonas Runberger (KTH), Rhett Russo (NJIT) Agent: Heather Roberge (UCLA)
Michael Chen and Jason Lee will present a paper, (Sub) Urban Footprints at the ACSA North East Fall Conference, “Suburban Identity” at the University of Hartford School of Architecture, October 08-10, 2010.
Thank you to all the guest critics who took time out to join us on Friday, and thank you to all the students for their hard work.
Our installation for the HK-SZ Biennale will officially open this Saturday at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade. If you are in HK, go check it out and pick up a crisis fronts postcard. For more details from the organizers, click here.
Night and Day_HKSZ :: The Crisis Fronts Sampler
The Crisis Fronts Sampler is an interactive exhibition interface and includes components that collect, display, and leverage collective intelligence and social feedback for the purposes of generating proposals for future infrastructural development in the Hong Kong-Shenzhen urbanized region. The primary site of inquiry is the “Closed Area” interstitial border zone immediately opposite the boundary between Hong Kong and Shenzhen and adjacent to Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau. In the context of the increasing interconnectedness of the two cities and the transition from Special Administrative status in 2046, it is a political and territorial gray area, a region that is at once part of a geographic center of a combined or linked regional metropolis, and at the same time a zone of shared and overlapping peripheries.
Biennale visitors are encouraged to sample a series of printed souvenir postcards directing them to an online questionnaire that queries their practices with respect to travel and communication between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Visitors are invited to provide information about their habits and sentiments through a series of Yes/No/Maybe queries. The intent here is to forecast possible urban infrastructural arrangements based on the sampling of a population’s latent attitude towards the uncertainty of a future collective identity. This intersection is fertile ground to accommodate the imminent demands of various boundary transformations of the near future. A possible scenario of this begins with the expansion and multiplication of durational delayed zones along corridors of inter-connectivity. This re-organization of unstable grounds will introduce a new gradient of infrastructural contact points where it ranges from an aggressive hydrological edge to a series of market driven holding zones. These two fronts are interspersed with a collection of agricultural patches that fluctuate seasonally, and they are connected by a series of circulatory linkages that promote a more extended inter-border occupation. It is our contention that the terrains between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, which today can be understood as a nether-region or buffer will be increasingly the site of potentially turbulent and intensive occupation as the two cities grow together and increasingly interconnected.
Biennale Opening Forum “Cultural Education / Bi-City Exchange”, December 4th, 2:00 – 3:00pm, at the Main Pavilion.
BYOB x DETOUR Pecha Kucha Night, a crossover event between the Biennale and DETOUR 2009 (organized by Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design), December 5, 5:00-7:00pm, at the Police Married Quarters, Hollywood Road
Michael Chen, Jason Lee, Cole Reynolds, Tai Li Lee, Roy Zhuang
Model-Tech ( HK ) Ltd.
Featuring projects by:
Jose Blanco, Joanna Cheung, Andres Correa, Ivan Delgado, Nick Garrate, Allison Hoffman, Heidi Jandris, Kamilla Litvinov, Sebastian Misiurek, Jeos Oreamuno Jun Pak, Anna Perelman, Cole Reynolds, Bradley Rothenberg, John Seward, Jintana Tantinirundr
Images from the recent Crisis Modes workshop conducted by Studio Mode and Crisis Fronts are available to view through the Mode flickr stream. Thanks and congratulations go to all the participants for a tremendous week of learning, discussion, and phenomenal output, and to all who attended the opening and reception on Friday, August 21.
We are pleased to announce the schedule and lineup of speakers for the upcoming Crisis Modes Summer Intensive Design workshop. For more information, visit the workshop’s site.