EVENTS & NEWS

2011 Year-End Exhibition

Pratt’s End of Year Exhibition is opening this weekend, featuring work from Crisis Fronts!

Info:

May 14-16, 2011, Higgins Hall Lobby,
Opening Reception – Sunday, May 15, 2pm

Projects:

CULTURAL CAPITAL:
Michael Dowlatowski + Katherine Kania

SUBNATURE:
Carla Lores + Michael Yarinsky

LAYERING/DELAYERING:
Tai-li Lee + Hiram Rodriguez

CLOUD CONTROL:
Patrick Donbeck + Scott Segal


Final Review 2011

Thanks to all of the critics for coming and thanks and congratulations to the students for incredible work, and a tremendous year.

Students:
Patrick Donbeck
Michael Dowlatowski
Katherine Kania
Carla Lores
Younglee Lee
Tai-li Lee
Vicky Perez
Arn Regencia
Hiram Rodriguez
Scott Segal
Michael Yarinsky

Critics:
Maria Aiolova
Gil Akos
Ezio Blasetti
Adam Dayem
Adam Hayes
Abby Coover Hume
Nathan Hume
Haresh Lalvani
Carla Leitao
Ronnie Parsons
Kristin Pape
Shadi Sharokhi
Justin Snider
Jaime Stein
Evan Tribus
Danielle Willems
Soo-in Yang
Richard Yoon


Design and Existential Risk. 6pm, December 09

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

Schedule

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


Flip Your Field. Oct 20-23

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.

View the Conference Poster here.

EVENTS:

NEIL DENARI
Thursday October 21, 6pm
Keynote Lecture
JEFFREY KIPNIS
Friday October 22, 6pm
Keynote Lecture
FIELD ROTATIONS
Saturday October 23, 4–5:30pm
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

SESSIONS:

AUDIENCE

Friday October 22, 10–11:30am
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)

REPRODUCTION

Friday October 22, 10–11:30am
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)

DETAIL

Friday October 22, 2–3:30pm
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)

INFLUENCE

Friday October 22, 2–3:30pm
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)

CATASTROPHE

Friday October 22, 4–5:30pm
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)

SYSTEM

Friday October 22, 4–5:30pm
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)

ENERGY

Saturday October 23, 10–11:30am
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)

NEGOTIATION

Saturday October 23, 10–11:30am
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)

METROPOLIS

Saturday October 23, 2–3:30pm
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)

VERSIONS

Saturday October 23, 2–3:30pm
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)


Suburban Identity. Oct 08-10

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.

Download the Conference Poster Here.


Final Review April 30th

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.

Students:

Ashkahn Bazl
Edwin Lam
Erik Martinez
Michael House
Peechaya Mekasuvanroj
Rebecca Caillouet
Roxanne Sadeghpour
Sean Stevenson
Shawn Sims
Victor Orriola
Zakiya Franklin


Guest Critics:

Abigail Coover
Alex Terzich
Antonio Furgiuele
Carla Leitao
Daniel Wright
David Benjamin
David van der Leer
Douglas Gauthier
Erik Verboon
Erika Hinrichs
Evan Tribus
Gil Akos
Greg Merryweather
Janette Kim
Jonas Coersmeier
Justin Snider
Kristin Pape
Lindy Roy
Liubo Borisov
Mimi Zieger
Richard Garber
Ronnie Parsons
Soo-In Yang
Shadi Sharokhi

HK-SZ Biennale Waterfront Promenade Exhibition Opening

Front side copyOur 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.


HK Hustle: Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture 2009

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Night and Day_HKSZ :: The Crisis Fronts Sampler

Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture 2009

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.

Events:

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

Project Team:

Michael Chen, Jason Lee, Cole Reynolds, Tai Li Lee, Roy Zhuang

Fabrication:

Edwin Shum,
Model-Tech ( HK ) Ltd.
www.model-tech.com

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

Biennale Events


Crisis Modes Flickr

workshop_flickrImages 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.


Crisis Modes: Intensive Design and Grasshopper Workshop

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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.

Crisis Modes is a one-week intensive design workshop to be held in New York City from August 17-21.

The workshop will take place in a studio setting and will be devoted to exploring relational design strategies and digital design methodologies for speculative infrastructures. New York City, with its breadth of ecological and urban complexity and in particular its urbanizing industrialized waterways, will be the primary context explored.

The aim of the workshop will be to empower designers to negotiate the complex and data-rich environments that are available through professional mapping and information systems and to develop speculative design proposals through the use of computational techniques and methodologies. Participants will develop design interventions that address emerging ecological crises and opportunities found in New York ecologies of the present and near-future.

The format of the workshop will include daily intensive workshop sessions focusing primarily on Grasshopper, Rhino’s parametric design plug-in, and evening lectures and presentations from practitioners and experts in the fields of sustainability and computational design. The workshop will cover strategic workflows for data set analysis and mapping, complex rule-based geometries, as well as techniques for digital fabrication.

The instructors of the workshop are Michael Chen + Jason Lee [Crisis Fronts] & Ronnie Parsons + Gil Akos [Studio ModemodeLab]. They have taught design studios, seminars, and workshops at institutions throughout North America, including California College of the Arts, Columbia University, Cooper Union, Cornell University, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Stevens Institute, and University of Toronto.

The workshop will culminate in a public exhibition and opening event on the evening of Friday, August 21.

Details :
All interested students and professionals are encouraged to attend. All experience levels are welcome.
All participants are required to bring their own laptops. Trial software will be made available.
Workshop Location : Terminal Building | 11th Ave at W 26th St. | Chelsea, Manhattan.
Workshop Hours : 9AM-6PM followed by events listed below.

*Pricing Includes Material and Fabrication Costs.

Schedule :
2009.August.17 | Evening Question + Answer : Riverkeeper | Public Event. 7PM.

2009.August.18 | Evening Screening : “The City Concealed” + “Heart of Gowanus” | Greenpont Video Project | Evening Presentation : Natalie Jeremijenko | NYU xDesign Environmental Health Clinic | Public Event. 7PM.

2009.August.19 | Evening Presentation : “Dining By Design” | Zach Downey | Applied Technology Group at SHoPdesignalyze | Public Event. 7PM.

2009.August.20 | Evening Presentation : Dan Sakai | Diller Scofidio + Refro | Highline Walking Tour. 7PM.

2009.August.21 | Cocktail Hour with conversation and work on display. Public Event. 7PM.

2009.August.22 | Gowanus Canoe Trip for interested attendees | Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club | Free Event 1PM.

Dates :
2009.June.05 | Crisis Modes Workshop Announced.
2009.June.22 | Registration Opens.
2009.August.09 | Registration Closes.

Sponsors:

anyline_logo


Crisis Modes : Protocols + Future Ecologies

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Crisis Modes is a one-week intensive design workshop to be held in New York City from August 17-21.

The workshop will take place in a studio setting and will be devoted to exploring relational design strategies and digital design methodologies for speculative infrastructures. New York City, with its breadth of ecological and urban complexity and in particular its urbanizing industrialized waterways, will be the primary context explored.

The aim of the workshop will be to empower designers to negotiate the complex and data-rich environments that are available through professional mapping and information systems and to develop speculative design proposals through the use of computational techniques and methodologies. Participants will develop design interventions that address emerging ecological crises and opportunities found in New York ecologies of the present and near-future.

The format of the workshop will include daily intensive workshop sessions focusing primarily on Grasshopper, Rhino’s parametric design plug-in, and evening lectures and presentations from practitioners and experts in the fields of sustainability and computational design. The workshop will cover strategic workflows for data set analysis and mapping, complex rule-based geometries, as well as techniques for digital fabrication.

The instructors of the workshop are Michael Chen + Jason Lee [Crisis Fronts] & Ronnie Parsons + Gil Akos [Studio ModemodeLab]. They have taught design studios, seminars, and workshops at institutions throughout North America, including California College of the Arts, Columbia University, Cooper Union, Cornell University, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Stevens Institute, and University of Toronto.

The workshop will culminate in a public exhibition and opening event on the evening of Friday, August 21.

Details :
All interested students and professionals are encouraged to attend. All experience levels are welcome.
All participants are required to bring their own laptops. Trial software will be made available.

*Pricing Includes Material and Fabrication Costs.

Dates :
2009.June.05 | Crisis Modes Workshop Announced.
2009.June.22 | Registration Opens.
2009.July.05 | Early Registration Period Closes.
* Early Registration Period extended to 2009.July.22
2009.August.09 | Registration Closes.

Sponsors:

anyline_logo

For more information see modeLab.