NEAR Conference at PRATT Institute GAUD March 24-25 Architecture Nature Technology (Show will have OFFLINE interruptions: check schedule to follow times)
At the Intersection of Architecture, Nature, Technology NEAR Conference, March 24-25, 2011
A decade into the new century, technological shifts continue to destabilize our material practices; dangers and opportunities bloom with every innovation. On other fronts, we are waging battles to forestall the collapse of large-scale natural systems. Architecture—which aspires to the difficult convergence of cultural value and built form—seems caught between ecology (nature’s systems) and technology. But there is also an optimism and energy that has arisen precisely at this Intersection of Architecture, Nature, Technology. What have been seen as conflicting forces are, in fact, mutually imbricated systems that are moving us toward new freedoms in synthetic regimes. This inaugural NEAR conference focuses attention on seizing opportunities—both theoretical and practical, and some already close at hand—for astonishing collaborations and exchanges between architecture, ecology and technology.
About NEAR Network for Emerging Architectural Research
The Network for Emerging Architectural Research is a new research initiative in Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (GAUD) at The Pratt Institute School of Architecture. Intended to be an entirely new platform for experimentation in architecture and urban design, NEAR seeks to expand beyond the traditional limitations of academic research and establish a space for experimentation and development in-between academia, industries, and public institutions. Commensurate with the complexities of the 21st century, the goal of NEAR is to reach across disciplines to extend architectural knowledge and its modes of practice.
Schedule and Outline of Events: (All events take place in Higgins Auditorium)
- Opening Discussion, "Are the ecological and the computational movements interconnected?" Thursday, March 24, 6pm-8pm
Introduction by David Ruy Panelists: Karl Chu, Edward Eigen, Catherine Ingraham, Sanford Kwinter
Friday, March 25
1200pm- Lunch in Wu Conference Room
100pm- Start of the Day, David Ruy's Introduction to session #2 110pm- NEAR Confederated Studios' Presentations (David Ruy, Mitchell Joachim/Maria Aiolova, Carla Leitao) [10 min per studio] 140pm- Presentation by Ginger Krieg Dosier (Remote link from Dubai) [15 min for presentation, 5 min for remote link setup] 200pm- Presentation by Ted Ngai [15 min] 215pm- Presentation by Jason Kelly Johnson [15 min] 230pm- Presentation by Rhett Russo [15 min] 245pm- Presentation by Zoe Coombes [15 min] 300pm- Break
330pm- Philip Parker's Introduction to session #3 340pm- Presentation by Ellen Jorgensen [10 min] 350pm- Presentation by Nurit Bar-Shai [10 min] 400pm- Presentation by Oliver Medvedik [10 min] 410pm- Mitchell Joachim & Oliver Medvedik [20 min] 430pm- Presentation by David Benjamin [15 min] 445pm- Discussion with Respondents: Phil Parker, David Ruy, Lydia Kallipolliti, William Myers [45 min] 530pm- Break
600pm- David Ruy's introduction to session #4 - Presentation by Alejandro Zaera-Polo (Remote link from London) [20-30 min] - Presentation by Jesse Reiser [20-30 min] - Presentation by William Mac Donald [20-30 min] - Q & A with audience 815pm- Conclude