I'm happy to announce that I'll be joining the architecture faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the 2013-2014 school year.
I'll be on Mark Gage's review at Yale this Thursday, March 4th at 12pm, along with Tom Wiscombe, Cody Davis, Lise Anne Couture, Greg Lynn, Brennan Buck, and my partner Stella Lee.
I'll be on Hani Rashid's final review at Princeton next Tuesday, December 15th, at 1pm along with Thomas Leeser, Laurie Hawkinson, Lise Anne Couture, Marc Simmons, and Stan Allen.
I'll be on Hani Rashid's final review at Harvard's Graduate School of Design next Monday, December 17, at 1pm.
The final review for the studio I’m teaching at the University of Pennsylvania will be on Tuesday, December 11th at 2pm [ Meyerson, 4th floor Hall ]. The Jury will include:
A review for my Exploding Plastic Inevitable studio at Penn Design will be held in the Lower Gallery of Meyerson on Monday, the 22nd, at 215pm. The Jury will include Ali Rahim, Winka Dubbeldam, David Boira, Zoe Coombes, Stella Lee, Peter Zuspan, and Dylan Baker Rice.
We will have our first review for the studio I’m teaching at U Penn tomorrow. The jury should include:
Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss
Here's the brief for the design studio I'm teaching this semester at The University of Pennsylvania School of Design:
Exploding Plastic Inevitable
Architecture ostensibly operates to accommodate known functions; a set of programs and economies that validate and enable its spatial and formal capacities. But what exactly are these functions and what are their properties? Are there other architectural performances, or moreover, performative architectures, that open up cultural, political, as well as affective opportunities in the physical world?
I’ve just been appointed as a Lecturer in the Graduate Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. I’ll be teaching first year graduate studios along side Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, Jenny Sabin, Julie Beckman, and Rhett Russo.
The final review for the studio I’m teaching with Hani Rashid and Theo Lalis will be this Wednesday at Columbia's GSAPP. [ 1pm room 114 Avery ]
Lise Anne Couture
Henry Smith Miller
Dylan Baker Rice
I'll be speaking at the Agent Code Symposium on Wednesday, April 11th, 12:30-6:00 at Columbia University's Avery Hall. Description by Ed Keller below:
“… each portion of matter is not only infinitely divisible, as the ancients observed, but is also actually subdivided without end, each part into further parts, of which each has some motion of its own; otherwise it would be impossible for each portion of matter to express the whole universe. Whence it appears that in the smallest particle of matter there is a world of creatures, living beings, animals, entelechies, souls. Each portion of matter may be conceived as like a garden full of plants and like a pond full of fishes. But each branch of every plant, each member of every animal, each drop of its liquid parts is also some such garden or pond.”
Cutting edge architectural work increasingly uses scripting and models of emergent and embedded behavior to explain systems and to generate morphology. The patterns we discover in architecture, social structures, political bodies, and in the formal operations of the city, function as a spatio-temporal index of life and the substrates of reality itself.
Erase, Locate, Reconstitute, Reconstruct
Start with something inspired, reduced, and ambiguous. Abstract the conditions to the point of amnesia. Eradicate any semblance of a priori meaning. Build a functionless, scale-less, sensual, sophisticated, affective, operable, meaningful, textured, intimate architectural object. Locate a new materiality and research from within the abstract condition of your project
I’m teaching studio with Hani Rashid again this semester, and we’re also adding Theo Lalis (former designer at Future Systems) into the mix.
The brief follows :
HotHouse(s): Prototypes, Assemblies and Architecture
Columbia GSAPP Advanced Studio VI
Hani Rashid + Alex Pincus + Theo Lalis Sarantoglou
Ten years ago the Digital Design Studios were initiated at Columbia GSAP. It was a pivotal decade that brought some important discoveries to architectural theory and design mainly through the investigation of computation and the potential for new formal strategies and methodologies. Today a new approach and pedagogy should focus on the mutation and realignment of the original digital design initiatives to pursue a new pedagogical agenda. Experimentation in architecture is now in search of some deeper resonances and trajectories, in need of a new infusion of thinking that is more consequential. What is of interest presently can be found in the realms of radical engineering, innovative hybrid materials, new modes of digital fabrication and non standardization/mass customization as well as innovative strategies for environmentally responsive and intelligent buildings. Today we are embarking on a new phase that is clearly about a greater integration between the way architecture is conceived, iterated, fabricated and implemented. it is about achieving a greater level of control over the symbiotic relationship between technique, process, and outcome, even if that outcome is deliberately about the unpredictable and the speculative. This endeavor depends on the following:
The final review for the studio I’m teaching with Hernan Diaz Alonso will be this Friday at Columbia. The critics include:
Preston Scott Cohen
Should be interesting.
Hernan Diaz Alonso and I are co-teaching Adavanced Studio V at Columbia. We’re adjusting our approach to what we’ve been researching over the last few years. All elements are now required to be 1” x 1” x 1” or less, forcing larger scale effects to emerge via hyperindexical accumulations.
Accumulative Micro Behaviors | Innovation and Novelty
Advanced Studio V
Hernan Diaz Alonso and Alexander Pincus
Historically architecture always starts with a concept, an overall strategy or some kind of pre meaning. The studio proposes to re examine the possibilities of form generation as an autonomous entity.
Hani Rashid has asked me to co-teach a design studio on Dubai at Columbia. We’re on the verge of some major projects there and will be using the studio as a laboratory to explore Dubai’s imagined but untapped architectural potential.
The studio brief follows:
Mega Brand Edge City | Dubai
Advanced Studio VI
Hani Rashid and Alexander Pincus
Dubai is a place of extremes, from it’s climate and physical context, to it’s economic and geopolitical strategies to it’s urban infrastructure and architecture. Here limits are constantly being tested and surpassed, producing a city that today is subject to a darwinian trajectory. Dubai is either quickly becoming one of the most extraordinary and evolved cities on the planet, or a travesty of extravagance and excess, the potential result of both misguided vision and ambitious yet flawed enterprise.
Hernan Diaz Alonso, my former teacher, has asked me to teach with him this semester at Columbia. We’ll be expanding on a body of research done over the past few years into problems of affect.
Hemostology Coagulated Architecture
Advanced Studio V
Hernan Diaz Alonso and Alexander Pincus
Liberated from the obligation to communicate meaning whether historical, philosophical, or theoretical, architecture is today once again free to give full expression to its creative potential. Exploring the possibilities of the interiority of the architecture, as a new dynamic field that can be occupied as a network of parts, creating a new continuity trough space. The relation between virtual and physical usually has been defined as a kind of duality, between two different kind of worlds, the studio, will try to explore new boundaries of possibilities of re-definition between these two conditions. Critical to the discussion of interiority is the conditional understanding of the irreducible ‘unit’ that composes architecture. Investigating the nature of the unit and what is irreducible to architecture will allow for us to explore the topic of coagulation and liquidity.