‘Elemental Recent Projects: Monoliths and Trees’ Lecture by Alejandro Aravena at MIT

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Alejandro Aravena, based in Santiago de Chile, will be giving a lecture at MIT on the theme of ‘Elemental Recent Projects: Monoliths and Trees’. After the 8.8 earthquake and tsunami that hit Chile in 2010, they have worked in the reconstruction by proposing a mitigation forest as the main infrastructural work, but also dealing with housing, public buildings, productive activities and transportation. In 2011 they were called to perform a similar redesign of an entire city in the Atacama desert, where the Chilean Copper Company, Codelco, commissioned them to intervene at the whole scale of Calama where they are proposing an oasis.

They have been also working in different buildings like the Angelini Innovation Center in Chile and the Mirador del Diablo in Mexico where architecture has become rather monolithic. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place Thursday, April 19th at 6:30pm at Building 10, room 250. For more information, please visit here.

‘Evolved to Fit: Biomimicry in the Built World’ Lecture by Janine Benyus at MIT

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Janine Benyus, president of the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute in Missoula, MT, will be giving a lecture at MIT on the theme of ‘Evolved to Fit: Biomimicry in the Built Word’. Janine Benyus is a natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including her latest − Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In Biomimicry, she names an emerging discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s designs and processes (e.g., solar cells that mimic leaves, agriculture that models a prairie, businesses that run like redwood forests). The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place Thursday, April 5th at 6:30pm at Building 10, room 250. For more information, please visit here.

 

Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Architecture Department 2012 Spring Lecture Series

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The 2012 Spring Lecture Series, put on by the architecture department at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art is currently in progress until April 18th. Upcoming lectures include Iain Low, ‘Architecture Week’, in celebration of the new building for the architecture department, featuring Daniel Kelley and Skip Graffam, Timothy McDonald, and will conclude with Pedro Gadanho. For more information on the lectures, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit here. The lecture poster can be viewed after the break. (more…)

“Towards Comfo-Veg” Exhibition at SCI-Arc

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Exhibited from April 6 – Mary 13, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to present “Towards Comfo-Veg,” a large scale, site-specific installation designed for the SCI-Arc Gallery by architect and artist Peter Cook and partner Gavin Robotham of -based CRAB Studio. Building on CRAB’s internationally recognized experimental work, Towards Comfo-Veg introduces an almost completely light-tight, multimedia experiential space welcoming visitors through a single point of entry and leading towards hints of an invented and dreamlike world. More information after the break. (more…)

Michael Meredith: “Playful Experimentation and Criticism” Lecture

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The Design Criticism Department (D-CRIT) at the School of Visual Arts will be hosting the “Playful Experimentation and Criticism” lecture featuring Michael Meredith, co-principal and co-founder of MOS. With being an architectural practice that was born out of playful experimentation, what does being experimental mean and how is this related to criticism?

Therefore, Meredith will be talking about critical theory through his experience as an editor, critic, and educator and how this has shaped the way he sees the world of architecture and design. The lecture takes place April 10th and is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit here.

NJIT College of Architecture and Design 2012 Spring Lecture Series

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The spring 2012 lecture series at the College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) at NJIT started on February 13 with Kiel Moe’s “Matter is But Captured Energy.” All lectures take place on Mondays at 5:30 in Weston Lecture Hall unless otherwise noted, and are free and open to public. The series will conclude with a talk by Preston Scott Cohen on April 19th. More information on the lecture series after the break. (more…)

Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus Lecture at NewSchool of Architecture and Design

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Acclaimed architect and designer Joshua Prince-Ramus, whose projects include the Seattle Central Library and the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, will deliver a lecture on March 2nd to NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) students and faculty on the topic of “Slow Architecture” at the Hilton Bayfront. NSAD will also provide a live video stream of the 7:30 p.m. lecture for the general public. His lecture is a remarkable opportunity for students to learn from his unique approaches to the design process and his ability to create inspiring designs that extend the boundaries of what is possible is testimony to the power of architecture’s artistry and science. More information on the event after the break. (more…)

Rensselaer Spring 2012 Lecture Series

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The spring 2012 lecture series at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture started on February 13th with Patrik Schumacher and concludes with the ‘Transactions’ lecture on April 9th. All lectures are free and open to the public and take place at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media + Performing Arts Center at 6pm unless otherwise noted. More information on the lecture series after the break. (more…)

Dwayne Oyler & Jenny Wu Lecture

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SCI-Arc will be presenting the lectures of Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative this Friday, February 10th at 1pm in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall. Established in Los Angele in 2004, the firm has been published globally and is recognized for its experimentation in design and innovative strategies. Recent projects include reALIze, a traveling art installation based on the face of Muhammad Ali, and the 2011 graduation pavilion. More information on the event after the break. (more…)

Peter Eisenman and Jeffrey Kipnis Lectures at SCI-Arc

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Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) will be hosting the lectures of well-renowned architect, Peter Eisenman and architectural theorist, Jeffrey Kipnis at their W.M. Keck Lecture Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Eisenman’s lecture will take place Monday, March 5th at 7pm while Keck’s lecture will be held Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm. Both lectures are free and open to the public. More information after the break. (more…)

Pratt Institute 2012 Spring Lecture Series

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Globally recognized for its distinguished academic reputation and one of the world’s most prestigious independent colleges, Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture will present their spring 2012 lecture series from February 13 through April 9, 2012 at the Institute’s and campuses. The lectures are free and open to the public; however, seating priority will be given to current students with Pratt identification. More information on the event after the break. (more…)

“Building Intelligence Project” Think Tank

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Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) will present the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C-BIP) sixth International Think Tank on February 24, 2012, at the powerHouse Arena in , .

Leading educators, architects, engineers, fabricators, contractors, owners, and other industry experts will gather to explore solutions that could change the building industry for the better as part of the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C-BIP). More information on the event after the break. (more…)

SVA MFA Design Criticism Spring 2012 Lecture Series

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The School of Visual Arts in New York is hosting their Spring 2012 lecture series which began on February 7 and continues until June 18. Their next lecture, Lunchtime Q&A with Michael Kimmelman, will take place on February 14 at 12:30pm. From public housing and community development to issues of social responsibility, The New York Times’ Michael Kimmelman has already shaken up our traditional notion of what an architecture critic is supposed to cover. In this intimate lunchtime Q&A, Kimmelman will address questions relating to the role of an architecture critic, discuss the possibilities for the future of criticism, and suggest what a burgeoning generation of critics should take notice of. For more information on the event and the other upcoming lectures, please visit here.

Theories of Urban Practice Graduate Program at Parsons The New School for Design

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Launching in fall 2012, Parsons The New School of Design is offering a new graduate program in urbanism in City, the MA Theories of Urban Practice. The 2-year, 36-credit research-oriented program is designed for those who want to transform cities through actionable research, strategic knowledge, and critical theories. In other words, knowledge can transform cities! The program will redefine urbanism and urban design as a field of transformative practice.

They are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for the academic year, which begins in August. For more information, please visit here.

 

PennDesign 2012 Spring Lecture Series

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Just last month, University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design announced their lecture series for Spring 2012. All lectures are held at 6PM in Meyerson Hall and free and open to the public unless otherwise noted with continuing education credits available. The series began on January 17th and concludes on April 28th. More information on the upcoming events after the break. (more…)

Carnegie Mellon Spring 2012 Lecture Series

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Known for drawing in a diverse background of well-known architects, Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture‘s spring 2012 lecture series began January 23rd with Jesse Seppi and concludes with Tatiana Bilbao on April 23rd. All events will take place at the Carnegie Museum complex and the series is co-sponsored by the Heinz Archiectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art. A schedule of the lecture series can be viewed after the break. (more…)

Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture, 1967–2012 Exhibition

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Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture, 1967–2012 is the first U.S. retrospective since 1986 of the eminent Italian architect, artist, and designer. The exhibition, presented by the Yale School of Architecture from February 6 – May 4th, explores the arc of Scolari’s career from 1967 to 2012, with some 160 paintings, watercolors, and drawings, most with architectural and urban subjects; a scaled-down iteration of a monumental sculpture created for the 1991 Venice Biennale; and ten architectural models. Together, these illuminate the complex, ongoing interaction in Scolari’s work between architecture and its methods and mediums of representation. More information on the exhibition after the break. (more…)

Critical Territories / Groundlab and Plasma Studio

Critical Territories / Groundlab and Plasma Studio

Opening tomorrow at the AA, Critical Territories will share the work of Groundlab and Plasma Studio -two interdisciplinary firms pushing the envelope of the relationship between and the expression of landscape design and architecture.   The installation will share the firms’ top projects, such as the Xian International Horticultural Expo which we having been covering extensively on AD,  by way of a site-specific grid arrangement of light boxes covered with technical drawings.  The organization of the installation will showcase the underlying themes of the practices, namely their systemic approach and preoccupation with grids, ground and context. The exhibit will be run through February 11.