Rensselaer | Architecture Rensselaer | Architecture 2016-04-29T02:28:21Z Editor EK <![CDATA[Elizabeth Lee [Browns Presentation]]]> 2016-04-24T12:44:27Z 2016-04-22T19:26:51Z 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.”


Editor EK <![CDATA[[Kornblut Lecture] David Kasakoff: “How to Think Like a Lawyer”]]> 2016-04-27T18:15:51Z 2016-04-27T17:48:39Z 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


Editor ML <![CDATA[ArchiteXX Talk: Ariane Lourie Harrison]]> 2016-04-20T21:04:28Z 2016-04-20T15:36:26Z 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.

Editor EK <![CDATA[India/Italy Exhibit]]> 2016-04-20T00:26:53Z 2016-04-20T00:19:19Z 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.


Editor SB <![CDATA[Mestizo Robotics at EMPAC Studio 2]]> 2016-04-14T13:36:31Z 2016-04-12T22:14:34Z 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.

Editor ML <![CDATA[Ute Besenecker: Beyond Appearances]]> 2016-04-13T06:44:58Z 2016-04-13T06:44:58Z 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.


Editor ZP <![CDATA[[Recent Lecture] Mitchell Joachim]]> 2016-04-27T17:50:56Z 2016-04-04T18:18:08Z 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.


Editor ML <![CDATA[[recent lecture] Annabelle Selldorf]]> 2016-04-20T04:26:08Z 2016-03-24T19:40:09Z 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.


Main Editor <![CDATA[Fall 2016 Electives]]> 2016-04-04T15:41:26Z 2016-03-12T00:24:18Z Elective courses available:

ARCH4020/CIVIL4020 Bedford Sem: Advanced Building Structures (Civil)

This interdisciplinary seminar consists of students from both the School of Architecture and Civil Engineering
department. Presentation of a variety of structural typologies bears direct relation to practical experience and the necessity for constructive interdisciplinary discourse. Specific structural typologies are examined through historic and contemporary project examples that are critically deconstructed and critically analyzed with respect to their basic engineering principles and architectural concepts. Students will be exposed to the collaborative methods inherent within the architect/engineer relationship. The course consists of lectures concerning each topic, case studies and presentations of relevant projects, an interdisciplinary design project and discussion of the projects and presentations with respect to interdisciplinary discourse. Content and delivery may vary by instructor. Staff R 6-8:50 pm. Cr. 3. Taught with CIVL4020. Prerequisite: Arch2230 Structures 1.

ARCH4840.01 Architectural Acoustics 1

Providing an overview of the essentials for architectural acoustics design of performance and public spaces, including concert halls, theaters, museums, classrooms, sports arenas, courtrooms, and religious buildings. The course may be used as a concentration in an architecture student’s professional electives, or the beginning of a master’s degree in acoustics. Covering basic principles of sound, room acoustics, sound absorption in rooms, sound isolation and privacy, acoustics of mechanical systems, and sound quality. After Architecture Acoustics 1 & 2, students should be prepared for a basic entry-level position in either acoustics in architecture, or in acoustical consulting. Todd Brooks F 10–11:50, F 12–1:50 pm. Cr 4. (can be used towards a minor in Acoustics).

ARCH4961.01 Duchamp Seminar: Anarchism Umped

(Architecture students, limit 10) Explore the life, work and influence of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), inventor of the readymade and father of conceptual art. By examining his ideas and those of his peers we will critically map his influence on 20th century art and architecture. Speculated as “the world’s first feminist artist” by curator Helen Molesworth, Duchamp continues to impact art discourse, 44 years after his death. Readings, response papers, field trips (to the Philadelphia Museum of Art) and discussions with two of the world’s leading Duchamp authorities, Francis Naumann and Michael Taylor. Michael Oatman. W 10–11:50 am. Cr 2.

ARCH4961.02 Duchamp Seminar: Anarchism Umped

(Non-Architecture students, limit 6)

ARCH4962.01 Porcelain Fabrics

This seminar will continue a research on the invention of different techniques to work with porcelain, exploring structures of light and shadow, opacity and translucency, motion and fixity, interiority and exteriority. It is a search for intensity in the experience of space in which light determines the formal explorations becoming sculpted material; a desire to carefully consider and stage the conditions for the phenomenological experience. E. Perez-Guembe. R 12 – 2pm. Cr. 2

ARCH4968.01 Information in us and around us

“Transformation of information is the fundamental building block of the universe” (Norbert Wiener, “Cybernetics”, 1948).The seminar will compare the dynamic process flows and the rivalry of different forms of information: biological, cultural and technological. Architecture plays important roles in this game and as a discipline of a wide spectrum, contains elements of all streams. Based on the theory of Universal Darwinism, which describe that natural evolution also explain principles of culture and technology, we will consider the various scenarios concerning of our future on this planet and beyond. This approach allows us a deeper analysis of our activity and understanding of consequences of our creative ambitions. Zbigniew Oksiuta. T 10-12. Cr. 2.


Editor ML <![CDATA[Prof. Titus Exhibits at 5×5 : Participatory Provocations]]> 2016-04-03T17:35:18Z 2016-03-02T14:21:24Z “Prof. Anthony Titus Exhibits at 5×5”

Professor Anthony Titus is among twenty-five young architects whose contribution is on display for the 5×5 Participatory Provocations exhibition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With five identified contemporary issues, each addressed by five firms, the exhibition set out to display the responses by “creative minds taking clear stances and then producing a physical expression or provocation that is then made available to the public.” 5×5 opened on February 15, 2016

25 architectural models by 25 young American architects:

Abruzzo Bodziak Architects New York, NY; Andrew Kovacs | Archive of Affinities Los Angeles, CA; Anthony Titus Studio New York, NY; Brillhart Architecture Miami, FL; Carl Lostritto Providence, RI; CLUB CLUB – Cyril Marsollier-Desir + Wallo Villacorta Chicago, IL and New York, NY; David Emmons Urbana, IL; Formlessfinder New York, NY; Future Expansion (FE) New York, NY; IS Office Los Angeles, CA; JKURTZ Cleveland, OH; KNE studio New York, NY; Kyle May, Architect New York, NY; Michael Abrahamson Ann Arbor, MI; Norden Design Urbana, IL; Platform for Architecture + Research Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY; PATH + Price Studio San Francisco, CA; Peterson Rich Office New York, NY and Madison, WI; Sean Gaffney and Christine Nguyen New York, NY; Snarkitecture New York, NY; SOFTlab New York, NY; Spacecutter New York, NY; Studio Cadena New York, NY; Ultramoderne Providence, RI; Nick Gelpi Miami Beach, FL