Rensselaer | Architecture Rensselaer | Architecture Mon, 02 May 2016 17:43:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mon, 02 May 2016 17:43:19 +0000 Sat May 14, 1-4pm @ RPI CRAIVE Lab:

The 4th annual International Symposium on Adaptive Technology for Music and Art_

Featuring Artists and Musicians with Physical Limitations.

The 4th annual International Symposium on Adaptive Technology for Music and Art is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the CRAIVE Lab at the Rensselaer Technology Park, 200 Jordan Road, Troy, NY.

This event promotes new technologies and artistic experiences dealing with physical limitations of the human body and embodiment in general.  This year’s event will include artists from Denmark, Germany, Turkey and the Netherlands via Skype, as well as local performers.

The symposium is hosted by Rensselaer’s Center for Cognition, Communication and Culture, My Breath My Music USA, and the Deep Listening Center.  Additional information is available at

[upcoming lecture] STELARC Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:20:40 +0000 Mon May 2nd – Theater

STELARC: “The Involuntary, the Automated and the Uncanny: Zombies, Cyborgs and Chimeras”_

STELARC (Stelios Arcadiou) is an Australian performance artist, born in Limassol, island of Cyprus. After moving to Australia, he studied Arts and Craft at T.S.T.C., Art and Technology at CAUTECH and M.R.I.T., Melbourne University. Stelarc has taught Art and Sociology at Yokohama International School and Sculpture and Drawing at Ballarat University College.

Stelarc is one of the most high-profile artists working within technology and the visual arts. He has visually probed and acoustically amplified his limbs, focusing heavily on extending the capabilities of the human body. As such, most of his pieces center around the notion that the human body is obsolete.

Between 1976-1988 Stelarc completed 26 body suspension performances and has made three films of the inside of his body. He has engineered intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body by using medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems, the Internet, and biotechnology. He explores Alternate Anatomical Architectures with augmented body constructs.

Stelarc has been extending his body through performances since the late 1960s. He has performed with a Third Hand, an Extended Arm, a Virtual Arm, a Stomach Sculpture, and Exoskeleton, and a 6-legged walking robot. These performances explore involuntary, remote, and Internet choreography of the body with electrical stimulation of the muscles. His “suspension events,” in which he hangs his entire body from hooks piercing his skin, probe the limits of the body in both a physical and and technical manner. He is currently surgically constructing an Extra Ear on his arm that will be Internet-enabled, making it a publicly accessible acoustical organ for people in other places.

In 2015 Stelarc received the Australia Council’s Emerging and Experimental Arts Award. He is presently a Distinguished Research Fellow in the School of Design and Art, Curtin University. Stelarc’s artwork is represented by the SCOTT LIVESEY GALLERIES GALLERIES in Melbourne.



Elizabeth Lee [Browns Presentation] Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:26:51 +0000 TALK: Wed. Apr 27,  GR Gallery @ 6:00 pm; SHOW: Apr 25-29, GR 201

Elizabeth Lee – Moorish Spain: Demystifying a Cultural Identity

From April 25th-29th, the exhibition of recent Robert S. Brown Traveling Fellowship recipient Elizabeth Lee will be on display at the Greene Building.

The April 27th presentation will begin at 6:00 pm in the Greene Gallery, where Lee will lecture about her experiences abroad followed by a reception at her exhibition space.

“The research explores the complex cultural identities of southern Spain and Portugal; regions in which a lineage of cultural conflict and tension are made manifest in built works.  Much of what we think of today as classically Spanish works contain key moves transplanted into the cultural zeitgeist through a process of occupation and oppression. The investigation seeks to demonstrate the lasting effects of Islamic culture on these regions that serve as an architectural embodiment and demonstration of these various historical and cultural layers.”


[Kornblut Lecture] David Kasakoff: “How to Think Like a Lawyer” Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:48:39 +0000 Mon. Apr 25, 6:00pm @ CBIS

“How to Think Like a Lawyer: A Practical Guide to Managing Risk”
David Kasakoff, Esq.


David B. Kosakoff, Esq., LEED AP of Sinnreich Kosakoff & Messina LLP will offer a seminar on risk management for architects in the Biotech Auditorium Monday, April 25th at 6:00pm. The seminar will provide an overview of the perils architects face in the practice of architecture. This presentation will include actual examples of issues facing architects as presented by a lawyer who represents architects, and is designed to educate the attendees on issues architects confront in the real world.

UPDATE: Lecture video available here: Risk Seminar Online


ArchiteXX Talk: Ariane Lourie Harrison Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:36:26 +0000 Wed Apr. 22nd, 12:00pm @ GR101:

Earth Day for Posthumans.

On Friday, April 22nd at 12:00pm, Ariane Lourie Harrison will join students for a talk on posthuman. This event is part of the ArchiteXX Series and was organized by Danielle Signor (B.Arch), Ellan Wong (B.Arch), and Catherine Walker (B.Arch) Professor Lydia Kallipoliti will moderated the discussion.

“The Anthropocene period, characterized by the planetary impact of human activity on the environment, produces a posthuman territory: no longer a docile nature nor neutral environment, it is a heterogeneous assemblage of human, animal, and technology bound in an increasingly intimate struggle over the Earth’s limited resources. While architecture has produced varied types of inhabitation, the discipline is historically anthropocentric. Harrison Atelier’s work combines fiction, performance, and design to challenge architecture’s anthropocentrism; the firm’s speculative and built projects develop cohabitation strategies for multiple species.”

Ariane Lourie Harrison is an architect, educator, and co-founder of Harrison Atelier. Ariane has taught at the Yale School of Architecture since 2006, in the graduate and undergraduate studio and design sequences and in the graduate history/theory sequence. She is also currently teaching at Pratt Institute GAUD. She is the editor of Architectural Theories of the Environment: Posthuman Territory (Routledge, 2013). Ariane worked at Eisenmann Architects (May 2006 through August 2008). Harrison is the editor of Ten Canonical Buildings by Peter Eisenmann (Rizzoli, 2008). Prior to starting her practice, Harrison received her Ph.D in architectural history from the Institute of Fine Arts NYU with a thesis titled, “Mass-Produced Aura: Thonet and the Market for Modern Design, 1930-1953”, M.Arch from Columbia University and an AB, summa, in architectural history from Princeton University and is a LEED AP and registered architect in the state of New York.

India/Italy Exhibit Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:19:19 +0000 Wed Apr. 20th, 6:00pm @ GR201

India/Italy Exhibit


This Wednesday at 6:00pm, Professors David Bell and Zbigniew Oksiuta will host an exhibition on their recent abroad programs to India and Italy. Students and faculty are invited to come learn about the semester- abroad programs and hear the experiences of fellow students who most recently visited these parts of the world. Refreshments will be served.


Mestizo Robotics at EMPAC Studio 2 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 22:14:34 +0000 Friday April 15, 3pm @ EMPAC Studio 2:

This Friday, April 15, 2016 3-5pm will be the final presentation of Mestizo Robotics, an interdisciplinary project developed in collaboration with students from the schools of Architecture and Engineering as part of Art_X@Rensselaer.

Mestizo Robotics aimed to develop a community of interconnected spherical robots that explore the integration of high and low technology, materials, processes, and cultures. The overarching interest guiding the research is the exploration of the notion of the “technological mestizaje”. Mestizaje is understood as a phenomenon with a non-harmonic resolution, but a “heterogeneous juxtaposition aiming toward hybridity” (G. Yudice). The term ‘mestizo technology’ is used to frame the discussion on how technology is embodied, appropriated, transformed and assimilated in unexpected forms in different development contexts. Students collaborated with the Nano Lab / Universidade Federal of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and the Electronic and Media Arts/Universidad Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires, Argentina who are working on related projects.

ENG Students: Jonathan Haase, Fan Rong, Jon Silvestri, Gregory Stankiewicz, Jiequan Zhang, and Judy Zhang.

ARCH Students: Sarah Bertis, Carolyn Chalfant, Carlos Felix, Kendall Grapes, Jessica Krajewski, Claire Liu, Rushdan Majumder, Faith Marro, Christoper Muscari, Cara Porto, Tom Roland (URP), Lauren Ruskauff, Emily Sun, and Wang Zhe.

Guest Faculty: John Hurst (ENG/MANE); Bram Van Heuveln and Mei Si (HASS/CogSci); Ron Eglash and Jim Malazita (HASS/STS); Tamar Gordon and Audrey Bennett (HASS/C&M); Demetrios Comodromos, Adam Dayem, Mae-Ling Lokko, Ted Kruger, Ted Ngai, and Michael Oatman (ARCH); Paolo Cardini and Alejandro Borsani (RISD, guest critics).

Technical Advisor: Mengyu Chen

This project was led by faculty Gustavo Crembil (ARCH), guest artist Paula Gaetano Adi (RISD), and Nao Bustamante (HASS/Arts). Production support and funding were provided by EMPAC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.

Ute Besenecker: Beyond Appearances Wed, 13 Apr 2016 06:44:58 +0000 Wed April 13th, Talk: 12:30pm Installation/Demonstration: noon-5pm @ EMPAC, Studio 1

“Beyond Appearances: The Experience of Equivalent Colors at Architectural Scale”

On Wednesday, April 13th Ph.D. candidate Ute Besenecker will present her winning project for the 2015 Jaffe Student Production Competition at EMPAC titled Beyond Appearances: The Experience of Equivalent Colors at Architectural Scale. Besenecker is one of two Rensselaer students who conducted research at EMPAC supported and funded by the Jaffe Student Production Competition after an open application process that began in fall 2014. Her current research is associated with the School of Architecture and the Center for Cognition, Communication and Culture.

Using the EMPAC Theater, EEG equipment, and the latest 7-color LED theater lighting system, Besenecker tested the neurological and physiological response of a group of test subjects to different colored-light environments. As part of her doctoral research, the work draws on prior investigations into perceptual detection of and preferences for particular spectral mixes of light color. The work sought to yield practical data for the fields of architecture and theatrical performance design.


[Recent Lecture] Mitchell Joachim Mon, 04 Apr 2016 18:18:08 +0000 Mon April 18th, 6pm @ EMPAC Concert Hall

“Bio-Hacking and Urban Architecture”: MITCHELL JOACHIM/TERREFORM ONE

Mitchell Joachim is the Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor of Practice at NYU. Formerly, he was an architect at the offices of Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei. He is a TED Senior Fellow and has been awarded fellowships with Moshe Safdie and Martin Society for Sustainability. He was chosen by Wired magazine for “The Smart List” and selected by Rolling Stone for “The 100 People Who Are Changing America”. Mitchell won many awards including; AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, 1st Place International Architecture Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability, History Channel Infiniti Award for City of the Future, and Time magazine’s Best Invention with MIT Smart Cities Car. He’s featured as “The NOW 99” in Dwell magazine and “50 Under 50 Innovators of the 21st Century” by Images Publishers. He co-authored the books, “Super Cells: Building with Biology” and “Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned”. His design work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale. He earned: PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, MArch Columbia University.


[recent lecture] Annabelle Selldorf Thu, 24 Mar 2016 19:40:09 +0000 Mon Mar 28th, 6pm @ EMPAC Theater


Annabelle Selldorf is the Principal of Selldorf Architects. Born and raised in Germany, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute, and a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. She established her own firm in New York in 1988. Ms. Selldorf is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, an Academician of the National Academy Museum, and serves on the Board of the Architectural League of New York and the Chinati Foundation. She received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award in 2014. Ms. Selldorf is a licensed architect in New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Rhode Island, Texas, and Utah.