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
Bangkok Jose Blanco | Andres Correa | Ivan Delgado
When considering the unaltered Chao Phraya River Basin ecological events flow: Monsoon, Flood, Drought, and the current state of Bangkok, the flow of urban event is at odds with the environmental system. As the city expanded, its urban fabric failed to synchronize with the landscape and existing rhythms of water in the river, due to the inflexibility of the urban typology. It is through improper value accorded to the river that facilitated its mismanagement.
It seems that the existing infrastructure’s aim is to exclude or minimize interaction with the river, which is the cause of social stratification. It may be possible to re-integrate and re-affirm the river into the entire social fabric of Bangkok, resulting in an emergence of leisure experiential moments within the urban landscape. Perhaps the scenario of leisure in a state of crisis is the vehicle for this re-integration. Thus, through transactional topographies water is transformed from crisis to leisure, by reintegrating it into society as a leisure culture it becomes a de-stratifying agent. Therefore, by localizing the collection, treatment, and distribution of water and removing it from the global network we by-pass government barriers between people and water giving free access to the communities.