Michael Chen and Jason Lee teach design studios and seminars at Pratt Institute. They both hold undergraduate degrees in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and Master of Architecture degrees from Columbia University.
Michael Chen has taught design at Pratt Institute, Cornell University, Columbia University, and New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a principal of Normal Projects, a multidisciplinary architecture and design firm based in New York and Los Angeles.
Jason Lee has taught design at Pratt Institute and Cooper Union. He is a partner at tentwenty, a multidisciplinary design firm based in New York.
Gabriela Castro, Preston Church, Michael Dolatowski, Patrick Donbeck, Katherine Kania, Tai Li Lee, Younglee Lee, Carla Lores,Christopher McCormick, Vicky Perez, Arn Regencia, Hiram Rodriguez, Scott Segal, Insuk Shin, Michael Yarinsky. TA: Justin Snider
Ashkahn Bazl, Rebecca Caillouet, Zakiya Franklin, Sylvia Herrera, Mike House, Edwin Lam, Erik Martinez, Peechaya Mekasuvanroj, Victor Orriola, Roxanne Sadeghpour, Shawn Sims, Sean Stevenson
Jose Blanco, Joanna Cheung, Andres Correa, Ivan Delgado, Nick Garate, Allison Hoffman, Heidi Jandris, Kamilla Litvinov, Sebastian Misiurek, Jeos Oreamuno, Jun Pak, Anna Perelman, Cole Reynolds, Brad Rothenberg, John Seward, Jintana Tantinirundr. TA: Dorian Walther, TA: Elliot White
Katie Adee, James Baldauf, Leyla Dam, Asta Fivgas, Natasha Harper, Randall Hornung, Irene Huang, Jung Hyuck Im, Dimitris Kaprinis, Yohan Kim, Da Jung Lee, Danielle Meeks, Manny Padilla, Paul Stein, Stephanie Thomas, LeMarr Townsend
Sao Paulo Heidi Jandris | Sebastian Misiurek
Over the course of the next 25 years, the rate of world urbanization will be greater than any time in history. Cities are no longer being formed around manufacturing or industry but around the convergence of global flows of capital and labor. As the centralized power structure of industry is migrating away from metropolitan areas, a decentralized power structure is becoming more apparent, indicated by informal settlements. Due to the extreme segregation of classes, and the juxtaposition of formal and informal settlements, Sao Paulo is a city in conflict, a territory where two worlds collide, causing ranges of confrontation and integration, involving all sectors of the population.
The investigation of Sao Paulo and the intrinsically complex slum networks (favelas) that exist there have revealed an invaluable amount of knowledge about emergent organization patterns, self-regulating systems, and the power struggles of societies that are in constant fluctuation. Negotiation of boundaries is a main focus in our research. The interfaces between boundaries are spaces of friction at the edges of segregated logics and methods.
The logics that govern and shape the favelas can be utilized as a basis to create architecture that can change and respond to the needs of the occupants, ranging from single users to entire communities. An architecture that will not just seek a programmatic solution to a single infrastructural problem, but one that will use these ideas of flux to transcend multiple issues at the same time. Through simultaneous cognition, highly adaptive and responsive systems and spaces will emerge that will be more efficient and sustainable, socially and programmatically.
In the context of “SAOPOCALYPSE” we are proposing an infrastructure/architecture that will negotiate the boundaries between the conventional infrastructure in place and the informal communities that juxtapose it. By creating competition between the two opposing areas, we will attempt to address their issues while allowing them to not only coexist but to intertwine and incorporate mutual qualities and resources at certain moments so both sides can co-evolve, while keeping their individuality and preferences. The informal will always exist in a planned city, but by looking at territories of interaction and separation, it is possible to manipulate negotiations between conflicting areas.