Rensselaer | Architecture Rensselaer | Architecture Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:26:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FALL 2015 LECTURE SERIES Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:43:54 +0000 LECTURE SERIES (FALL 2015).

Admission is FREE.
All lectures start 6:00pm at EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media + Performing Arts Center . 110 8th Street, Troy NY 12180.


Wed Sept 16th @ Theater,
Theodore Spyropoulos (Minimaforms):
“Behavioural Frameworks”_

Wed Oct 14th @ Theater,
Jenny Sabin (Jenny Sabin Studio):
“Matter Design Computation: Cell, Bits and Atoms”_

Mon Oct 26th @ Theater
Steven Ehrlich (Ehrlich Architects):
“Evolving Multicultural Modernism”
Architecture + / Lecture Series_

Thur Oct 29th @ Concert Hall
Marie-Ange Brayer
(Chief Curator of Design & Industrial Prospective, MNAM-CCI Center Pompidou):
“Naturalizing Architecture”_

Mon Nov 16th @ Concert Hall,
Peter Testa + Devyn Weiser (Testa & Weiser):

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Bill Bergman Wed, 08 Jun 2011 01:21:23 +0000 Fabrication Lab Manager

Bill Bergman

Office: Greene Building, Room # 014
Email: *protected email*
Phone: 518-276-6870



Website: {website adress}


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Call: Balance – Unbalance 2016 Sat, 22 Aug 2015 20:45:58 +0000 Call for participation:

Balance-Unbalance (BunB) is an International Conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between NATURE, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY and SOCIETY as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities.

Balance-UnbALaNce 2016
Arts + Sciences x Technology = Environment / Responsibility
“Data Science + Eco Action”
May 9 to 11, 2016
University of Caldas, Manizales, Colombia

The Balance-Unbalance conference will bring artists together with scientists, economists, philosophers, politicians, management and policy experts, sociologists and engineers from across the world with the intent of engendering a deeper awareness and creating lasting intellectual working partnerships in solving our global environmental crisis.

“We are living in a world reaching a critical point where the equilibrium between a healthy environment, the energy our society needs to maintain or improve this lifestyle and the interconnected economies could pass more quickly than expected from the current complex balance to a complete new reality where unbalance would be the rule and human beings would need to be as creative as never before to survive. Environmental problems, economic uncertainty and political complexity have been around for a long time. What was different before was the speed and depth of transformations compared with today’s sudden changes. The frequent occurrence and severity that certain weather and climate-related events are having around us is increasing, and the ability of human beings on modifying adjacent surroundings as well as distant places have turn into a power capable of altering the planet […] The arts could play a major part in helping the global society to understand the magnitude of the crisis we are facing, and in promoting the awareness around environmental matters. it could also be a very good vehicle to disseminate proposals able produce changes in our behavior and decisions, influencing our chances for the future. Artists could promote inter and transdisciplinary actions focusing on our responsibility regarding the turning point we are living in defining the future of -human- life on Earth.” (Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra, Balance-Unbalance founder).

The theme for BunB 2016 is “Data Science + Eco Action”. How can we extract knowledge from large volumes of environmental and related data? How that can be used in benefit of the human society? What should we change in our thinking and in our behaviour? Individual vs community vs global: What matters? Why big or complex data is so relevant to our daily life? How the capture, analysis, curation, sharing, storage… and control of large data could rapidly change our world? What positive sides does it have? What not so positive, and even risks does it have? What data science has to do with humanitarian organizations? And with electronic art?

We want to inspire explorations of how artists can participate in this major challenge of our ecological crisis. We need to use creative tools and transdisciplinary action to create perceptual, intellectual and pragmatic changes. We want to discuss our proposals for the future from a diversity of cultural perspectives and socio-economic situations with open minds.

The 5th edition of the BunB conference will be held from May 9 to 11 of 2016 in Manizales, Colombia. It will be produced by the Department of Visual Design of the University of Caldas, with support of the International Image Festival.

Balance-Unbalance is seeking for papers, transdisciplinary workshops, artistic activities and exhibitions, posters and panels considering to propose, analyze and discuss specific projects and actions that could help us to face the serious environmental crisis. BunB 2016 is also open to host a diversity of virtual components allowing global accessibility and significantly reducing the carbon footprint of a major international conference.

The official language of the event will be English but Spanish submissions are accepted. Keynotes and paper (oral) presentations in Spanish will be -simultaneously- translated to English. Workshops won’t be translated.

Deadline for submissions: October 10, 2015 (midnight, Colombia’s time)
Notification of acceptance: November 30, 2015

Submission categories (there is only one template for all categories; you should adapt it as indicated) :

* Papers (4-8 pages)
* Posters (2-3 pages)
* Panels (2-3 pages)
* Artistic works (2-3 pages). Be sure to indicate the title of your project; if you are proposing a live performance, a presentation using fixed-media support or a work to be exhibited; duration, if it applies; a full detailed description of your technical needs, including what will you be providing and what are you expecting the organisation to provide; links to your online CV and your web site; and 3 links to online samples of your previously created artistic work, hosted in a non-expiring URL – please, DO NOT send your material using wetransfer or any similar application, and DO NOT send your reference material by email – only submit the links with your submission.

* Transdisciplinary workshops (2-3 pages). This is an open format area of the conference to propose any kind of transdisciplinary activities up to a maximum duration of 90 minutes.

* Virtual projects (2-3 pages). Virtual projects such as websites, interactive installations and transdisciplinary documentation related to the theme of the conference will be considered for inclusion in our virtual program and onsite virtual showcase. Successful artists may be required to participate in a Skype forum (or interaction using another online platform) during the virtual projects showcase.

In addition, a selection from accepted papers will be invited to publish in the Leonardo journal under a special section devoted to Balance-Unbalance.

Submissions will be only accepted via EasyChair . Templates for submissions will be available for downloading here soon. Please, make sure you select the correct submission category (paper, poster, panel, artistic work, transdisciplinary workshop or virtual project). Submissions will be peer-reviewed. All submissions in Spanish must also include an abstract in English.

The proposals must be oriented to the goal of this conference. Only submissions clearly focused to that end will be considered. Please note that Balance-Unbalance is not able to provide funding support for travel or lodging, or fees for the presentations.

Previous Balance-Unbalance editions:
BunB 2010 – Buenos Aires, Argentina:
BunB 2011 – Montreal, Canada:
BunB 2013 – Noosa, Australia:
BunB 2015 – Arizona, United States:

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Please direct any questions about submissions to: *protected email*
General inquiries to: *protected email*
Balance-Unbalance 2016 website – Manizales, Colombia:
Balance-Unbalance 2016 Facebook:
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Balance-Unbalance 2016 organizing team:
Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra. Director, Balance-Unbalance Conference
Dr. Felipe C. Londoño. Director, International Image Festival
Dr. Adriana Gómez. Academic program co-chair
Dr. G. Mauricio Mejía. Academic program co-chair
Dr. Walter Castañeda. Artistic activities and exhibitions program chair
Dr. Leah Barclay. Virtual projects chair
Liliana Villescas. Transdisciplinary workshops chair
Carlos A. Escobar. Keynotes program chair

Artistic / Academic Review Committee:
Pat Badani (artist, writer; editor-in-chief, Media-N journal – Canada/Argentina)

Dr. Leah Barclay (composer, sound artist, producer; Biosphere Soundscapes – Australia)
Joel Chadabe (composer, author, educator; founder of Ear to the Earth – USA)
Ian Clothier (artist; professor, Western Institute of Technology; director of Intercreate – New Zealand)
Nina Czegledy (curator, artist; co-founder SCANZ – Canada/Hungary)
Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra (composer, artist; prof. Concordia University; director, CEIArtE – Canada/Argentina)
Dr. Frank Ekeberg (sound artist, researcher – Norway)
Eric Leonardson (composer, artist; president of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology – USA)
Dr. Felipe César Londoño (architect, author, curator; President, University of Caldas – Colombia)
Dr. Roger Malina (astrophysicist; prof. University of Texas at Dallas; executive editor, Leonardo – USA)
Olga Mink (artist, curator; managing director of Baltan Laboratories – The Netherlands)
Dr. Anne Nigten (founder Patching Zone; prof. Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences – The Netherlands)
Mike Phillips (director of i-DAT; principal supervisor, Planetary Collegium; prof. Plymouth University – UK) Dr. Jillian Scott (Planetary Collegium: Institute for Cultural Studies, Univ. of the Arts, Zurich – Switzerland)
Dr. Peter Stoett (global ecopolitics, international law, human rights; Concordia University – Canada)
Eugenio Tiselli (digital artist, systems engineer, educator; Golden Nica, Ars Electronica. – Mexico)
Michel van Dartel (curator; Hanze Univ. of Applied Science; CODARTS Univ. for the Arts – The Netherlands)
Wim van der Plas (formerly, Utrecht Univ. of Applied Sciences; co-founder ISEA – The Netherlands)

… this list will be updated in the following weeks.

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G. Crembil at FUSE Festival (Vancouver) Wed, 19 Aug 2015 02:32:34 +0000 Faculty News:


On Saturday August 15th at the renowned Vancouver Art Gallery, Associate Professor Gustavo Crembil (RPI/SoA) and collaborating artist Paula Gaetano Adi (RISD) presented a new version of TZ’IJK, their “mestizo robot” prototype, in an outdoor exhibition co-organized by FUSE, a wildly popular festival where art, music and performance collide, and the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2015), one of the world’s most prestigious global events presenting work at the intersection of art and technology. The exhibition was curated by ISEA’s Artistic Directors Kate Armstrong and Malcom Levy.

TZ’IJK was recognized as one the highlights of the festival by its organizers. Co-curator Kate Armstrong commented in an interview:

“[TZ’IJK]… challenges people to think about the aesthetics of technology and the dominant forms of control and definition that shape our experience. It is amazing that in the context of a moment we are told is a cultural and technological explosion of possibility, we are actually seeing in some cases a reduction in our imaginative prospects. I see this work as an incredible provocation.” (1)

This TZ’IJK prototype is a new chapter of an on-going research project on “mestizo robotics” developed in-collaboration by Gustavo Crembil and Paula Gaetano Adi. This Fall 2015, artist Nao Bustamante (RPI/HASS Arts) will join Crembil and Gaetano Adi  to articulate this project as a design & build studio course as part of Art_X@Rensselaer (a recently launched “art across the curriculum” initiative). Students from architecture, arts, and engineering will design and build an installation to be deployed and interconnected across the American continent (2). Interested RPI students, please contact Prof. Crembil at *protected email*

(2) In partnership with the Nano Lab / Universidade Federal of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and the Electronic & Media Arts / Universidad Tres de Febrero (Buenos Aires, Argentina).


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Perry and Titus at Storefront for Art & Architecture (NYC) Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:03:02 +0000 Aug 14 – Sep 12, 2015, New York City:


PROFESSORS Chris Perry and Anthony Titus are featured in “Measure”, a group exhibition at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City. “Measure” is an exhibition of 30 drawings by 30 international architects presenting varying edifices of thought on what it means to measure the world, find measures, resist measurement, and measure the immeasurable. Drawings in this exhibition range from the real to the fictional, and from the functional to the symbolic. Measure opens August 14th at 7:00pm and remains open for one month until September 12th.

Storefront for Art and Architecture is a nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art, and design. It is an institution seeking to provide open forums for these critical positions through exhibitions such as Measure, providing alternative platforms for dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary, ideological, and geographic boundaries. Each of the 30 drawings featured in Measure will be auctioned throughout the exhibition with proceeds supporting Storefront’s exhibitions and programming.

Students, faculty, friends, and all are invited to visit Measure through September 12th.

Chris Perry and partner Catherine Dwyre’s pneumastudio is an interdisciplinary design practice situated between the fields of architecture and landscape architecture.  pneumastudio’s drawing “(not) OUT THERE” reconfigures the Storefront gallery to a space in which “’the gallery’ itself becomes a new ecotone, an unfolding border ecology characterized by the asymmetric confrontation and negotiation between the ‘biomes’ of ‘nature’ and ‘culture’. The edge effects will likely produce new forms of highly adaptable “species” that are dexterous enough to colonize spaces of constant transition.”

Anthony Titus is the founder of “Anthony Titus Studio” – an interdisciplinary practice based in New York City. His studio has been a laboratory for the exploration of ideas related to the contemporary practices of art and architecture. Anthony Titus’ drawing “On Time Alone” is a layered, coincident composition of exposures of Storefront that “creates a scenario where abstract architectural notation and photographic reality coexist. Measure in this sense may relate less to the dimensional conditions of a space, and instead may begin to focus on qualities, which may be inherent to the unique space of the drawing. The drawing has no single reference point, yet is an amalgamation of layers, where fact and fiction, the real and imagined interact to create a hybridized zone of new potentials.  ”


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Vote RPI (2015 Design Intelligence Survey) Thu, 06 Aug 2015 04:57:43 +0000 DesignIntelligence2015

Dear Students, Alumni and Colleagues,

As Dean of Rensselaer’s School of Architecture, I am writing to encourage you participate in theDesignIntelligence yearly survey of schools of architecture. Every year, DesignIntelligence issues rankings of the Best Architecture and Design Schools based upon feedback they receive from professional firms throughout the country. Although these rankings represent a small selective view of a school’s overall performance, they have shown to have a significant impact on increasing student enrollment, invigorating the alumni base, attracting institutional support with respect to funding and faculty positions, and overall raising awareness around the world of the reputation of our distinguished program.

DesignIntelligence has asked architecture schools once again to reach out to students, friends and alumni of their respective schools and leading practitioners throughout the U.S. We invite you to fill out the brief, anonymous survey in an effort to strengthen our rankings for our school’s programs.

It’s also important to note that the survey often favors larger schools with an extensive alumni base represented in offices throughout the U.S. In light of that larger context, it’s important to ensure that smaller schools with outstanding reputations like Rensselaer that continue from one year to the next to offer an exemplary education to our students in preparation of a changing and complex world, receive the proper recognition they deserve.

Please take a few moments to complete this brief survey and highlight Rensselaer’s School ofArchitecture as a program that is best preparing students for success in the design profession.



(*) For officials in firms, please plan to finish the survey in one sitting; you will not be able to return to the survey at a later time. The responding party must be in a leadership position qualified to hire employees. If you are not qualified to complete this questionnaire on your firm’s behalf, we ask that you forward it on to a more appropriate person. Individual responses will be kept confidential but a listing of the responding firms will be published.

All survey answers go directly to DesignIntelligence via their confidential online survey. Please respond at your earliest possible convenience.

Thank you in advance for your generous support!

Evan Douglis, Dean
School of Architecture
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


You may enjoy taking a look at student and faculty work in our recently published all-school book, Influx.

Click here to access an electronic version of INFLUX


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CASE / NYC featured in Architect Magazine Wed, 08 Jul 2015 11:53:23 +0000 Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) News:

Architect Magazine on CASE’s Active Modular Phytoremediation System

The multi-institutional Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) was recently featured in the technology section of Architect Magazine. The article “Breathe In: CASE Puts Its Green Wall System to the Test” examines the center’s Active Modular Phytoremediation System, which will be installed on the ground floor of the Public Safety Answering Center II in the Bronx, N.Y.

A research unit of Rensselaer School of Architecture, the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) is addressing the need for accelerated innovation of Built Ecologies through the development of next-generation building systems. A multi-institutional and professional research collaboration co-hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, CASE is pushing the boundaries of environmental performance in urban building systems on a global scale, through actual building projects as research test beds.

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RPI Students Help Public Art project win $1 million grant Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:07:59 +0000 Student News:

RPI Students Help “Breathing Lights” win $1,000,000 Grant.

The Lighting Research Center‘s collaborative installation project Breathing Lights proposes to illuminate nearly 350 vacant homes in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy nightly over two months in fall 2016 to regenerate interest in once-vibrant neighborhoods that currently have high vacancy rates. It is one of four projects nationwide to receive a $1 million grant from the Bloomberg Public Art Challenge.

Researchers and students at RPI’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) assisted artist Adam Frelin, Assistant Professor of Art at SUNY Albany, and Barbara Nelson, an architect at RPI’s Campus Planning and Facilities Design Department, in the development of this installation. The project will culminate in a regional summit on vacant homes and neighborhood revitalization that will engage local residents, prospective buyers and investors, and policy makers.

Frelin and Nelson sought to enliven 350 abandoned buildings in Albany, Troy, and Schenectady by making them “breathe” using interior lights of shifting, dynamic brightness. They approached the Lighting Research Center to solve the technical challenges of making their concept a reality. Professor and Associate LRC Director Russ Leslie assigned this task to the students of his Lighting Workshop. School of Architecture students Zachary Pearson, Charles Jarboe, Kassandra Gonzales, Dinusha Thotagamuwa, and Elise Benedict collaborated in the development of Arduino light controllers, tested diffusing light materials, experimented with different color temperatures of light, evaluated and proposed power sources, procured materials, and worked on a full-scale mock-up within a campus building.

The windows of the mock-up building were framed with LEDs that were linked back to a single controller so that all of the windows would breathe in unison. Once the tri-city installation occurs, each controller will be adjusted to a speed and intensity that is proportional to the building in which it is located. When installed in multiple houses in a neighborhood, large houses will breathe slowly and small houses will breathe rapidly.

“Breathing Lights” was selected as one of four winners from 237 applications. Each winning team will receive up to $1,000,000 to finalize and install their projects. The LRC design will be reproduced and installed in 350 buildings in the Capital District in the fall of 2016. The lights are expected to run for several hours each evening for two to three months. WMHT recently aired a 10 minute PBS documentary on the project and several press events were held to announce the winning collaboration of the artists, students and local governments.



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L. Combs & C. Perry: ACADIA 2015 Chairs Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:06:55 +0000 Faculty News:


Assistant Professors Lonn Combs and Chris Perry will serve as Technical Chairs of the 2015 ACADIA conference: “Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene.” ACADIA, as the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, is an international network of digital design researchers and professionals. ACADIA’s aim is to facilitate critical investigations into the role of computation in architecture, planning, and building science, encouraging innovation in design creativity, sustainability, and education.

Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene” will take place October 22nd-24th at the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design. Workshops are scheduled for October 19th-21st, and a hackathon is scheduled for October 25th. This conference seeks to engage the new period of the Anthropocene, a period characterized by the “anthropic” effects of human activity as a new geophysical force on Earth, by raising the question as to whether architecture should embark on establishing new affiliations beyond the human; a fundamental redefinition of the discipline as something no longer significant for “us” alone. The conference poses the critical question: If the Anthropocene has ushered in a new era of existential threat for human civilization, how does architecture not only rethink conventional forms of “program,” and by extension “performance,” privileging nonhuman alongside human forms of “use,” but a new material, formal, and spatial aesthetics as well?

Professors Combs and Perry are joined by Director William Williams, Professor Mara Marcu, Professor Stephen Slaughter, and Professor Ming Tang of the University of Cincinnati, and Brian Ringley, of Pratt Institute in chairing this annual conference. Combs and Perry currently teach at the Rensselaer School of Architecture and cultivate their own practices, EASTON+COMBS, and pneumastudio, respectively. For more information on Lonn Combs, Chris Perry, the conference, and ACADIA, please see the links below.

2015 Conference : here

ACADIA : here

Lonn Combs : here

Chris Perry : here



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Nancy Diniz awarded prize at Milano Expo’15 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:33:27 +0000 Faculty News:

Assistant Professor Nancy Diniz, faculty at CASE/RPI and the Geofutures graduate program, was awarded an ‘Honorary Mention’ Prize at the the ‘Solutions’ competitions for her ‘MUSHRICE Series’ project, and will be exhibited at the Milano Expo 2015.  The ‘MUSHRICE Series’ is an on-going research project developed by Prof. Diniz at CASE/ RPI on the topic of bio-materials that are multi-scalar and functional. The undergraduate summer research students Boqun Huai, Anqi Huo and Alexandria Frisbie participated in the development of the competition proposal. All prize winners are candidates for internships at Shigeru Ban Office in Tokyo.

Other finalist projects are listed here.

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