Archinect - Knowlton School - The Ohio State University 2016-05-26T14:28:06-04:00 Gil Penalosa at The Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2016-04-13T16:45:52-04:00 >2016-05-01T00:51:40-04:00 <p>Gil Pe&ntilde;alosa presented a public lecture titled "The 8 80 City: vibrant cities, healthy communities, happier people"&nbsp;in Knowlton Hall&rsquo;s Gui Auditorium last week. &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Penalosa's lecture focused on the work derived from his non-profit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8 80 Cities</a>. The organization advocates for&nbsp;urban vitality through walking, biking, trails, parks and public spaces. 8 80 cities operates under the philosophy that urban spaces should be usable by someone from age 8 to age 80 and that the walkability and accessibility of the city is closely related to public heath, development and sustainability. Penalosa is involved in a number of projects that implement these techniques to revitalize cities. Penalosa believes that these public spaces should be devoid of social status and cultivate interaction among people from all backgrounds.&nbsp;</p><p>Pe&ntilde;alosa is the executive director of the nonprofit Walk and Bike for Life, a senior consultant for the renowned Danish firm Gehl Architects and is director of Healthy Places Initiat...</p> Geoffrey Von Oeyen at the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2016-04-11T14:35:06-04:00 >2016-05-01T00:54:44-04:00 <p>Geoffrey von Oeyen presented a lecture titled "Geoffrey von Oeyen Design: Site, Sight, and Sailing" in Knowlton Hall&rsquo;s Gui Auditorium this past month.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As a member of Stanford's varsity sailing team, von Oeyen started to take cues from sailing which heavily influences his architectural design. In&nbsp;2014, von Oeyen, along with others at USC, notably Greg Lynn, presented a symposium, exhibition and workshop titled&nbsp;<em>Performative Composites: Sailing Architecture.&nbsp;</em>The two-day event explored "how new materials and techniques in sailing (particularly carbon fiber composites) allow designers to reconsider spatial, formal, and environmental forces in architecture in new ways." (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>).</p><p>von Oeyen is the Principal and founder of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geoffrey von Oeyen Design</a>&nbsp;and Principal/Partner of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Von Oeyen Architects</a>&nbsp;in Los Angeles. Additionally von Oeyen teaches architectural design studios as a member of the faculty at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Univer...</a></p> Margo Handwerker at the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2016-04-08T11:40:36-04:00 >2016-05-01T19:23:47-04:00 <p>Margo Handwerker presented a lecture titled "A Useful Art For Useless Lands: Robert Smithson goes mining for resources"&nbsp;in Knowlton Hall&rsquo;s Gui Auditorium.&nbsp;"A Useful Art For Useless Lands"&nbsp;offers an in-depth examination of Robert Smithson&rsquo;s letter campaign to several mining corporations in the years leading up to his untimely death.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Handwerker teaches courses in the history and theory of modern architecture at the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Design</a>. Her scholarship focuses on the history and theory of late 20th century architecture and visual art, with an emphasis on land use and public art.</p><p>The co-author of&nbsp;<em>A Decade of Country Hits: Art on the Rural Frontier</em>&nbsp;(Jap Sam Books, 2014), Handwerker has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues, including&nbsp;<em>Everything Loose Will Land</em>&nbsp;(MAK Center, 2013),&nbsp;<em>spaced: art out of place</em>(IASKA, 2012), and&nbsp;<em>Nobody&rsquo;s Property: Art, Land, Space, 2000&ndash;2010</em>&nbsp;(Princeton University Art Museum, 2010&ndash;2011).</p><p>Handwerker is a doctoral candidate in archit...</p> Mahadev Raman at the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2016-04-08T11:37:22-04:00 >2016-04-10T22:04:42-04:00 <p>Mahadev Raman presented a public lecture titled "Meeting the Carbon Challenge" in Knowlton Hall&rsquo;s Gui Auditorium. The lecture explored the issues related to climate change and the responsibilities of building designers to reduce carbon emissions through the work that they do.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Raman is a mechanical engineer by profession and has been in practice for 35 years, providing engineering design leadership for multi-disciplinary teams on a wide variety of global projects. A director of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup Group Limited</a>, chairman of Arup Americas and an Arup Fellow, he has expertise in the design of sustainable, high-performance, energy efficient buildings and has pioneered the use of sophisticated analytical techniques to improve the performance of low-energy designs.</p><p>Arup has engineered many of the world&rsquo;s most prominent projects in the built environment. Selected work includes the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York; Simmons Hall at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the United Nations Capital Master P...</p> Florian Idenberg at the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2016-04-08T11:33:09-04:00 >2016-04-10T22:05:19-04:00 <p>Florian Idenburg, Dutch architect and co-founder of the design firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SO &ndash; IL</a>,&nbsp;presented a public lecture at the Knowlton School this past month.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SO &ndash; IL</a>&nbsp;is an award-winning architectural design firm based in New York City. Idenburg founded the firm with Jing Liu in 2008. One of their most notable projects is their winning entry for MoMa PS1, Pole Dance. The project was an exploration of architecture's ability to move past finite and "create sensorially charged environments." The project is designed to be conducive to ever-changing situations.&nbsp;</p><p>An associate professor of practice at the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard University&rsquo;s Graduate School of Design</a>, Idenburg has also taught studios at Columbia, held the Brown-Forman Chair in Urban Design at the University of Kentucky and has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University. He received his Masters in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>More information about the school and a full schedule of lectures can be found ...</p> Borja Ferrater at the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2016-04-01T13:45:34-04:00 >2016-04-03T21:02:02-04:00 <p>Borja Ferrater, co-founder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OAB</a>&nbsp;(Office of Architecture in Barcelona)&nbsp;presented a public lecture in Knowlton Hall&rsquo;s Gui Auditorium as a part of this year's Atmosphere's lecture series.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Ferrater's lecture focused on the firm's work since their start in 2006. OAB has an impressive range and breadth of projects in such a short time. Examples of the firms work include the AA House in Barcelona ,Spain&nbsp;which explores different ways of folding to manipulate the silhouette of the building, create openings, and explore implications of light. The house started in plan as an&nbsp;orthogonal system. The diagonals of the system were overlaid and manipulated to create skylights, roof expansions, and an artificial&nbsp;topography.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">(Image courtesy of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>/)</p><p>Ferrater graduated from the International University of Catalonia (UIC) where he taught design studio. Also in 2006, he was a guest professor in the workshop &ldquo;Emotional City&rdquo; directed by British architects Sergison &amp; Bates. In 2010 he ...</p> Sean Lally at the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2016-03-30T16:57:40-04:00 >2016-04-03T21:08:21-04:00 <p>Sean Lally presented a lecture titled "Let's Touch" as a part of the Knowlton School's Atmospheres lecture series. &nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lally is founder of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WEATHERS/Sean Lally LLC</a>, in Chicago and an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His practice explores new ways to design the environments that we inhabit. Their projects combine know how from architects, landscape architects, engineers and additional researchers. The cross-disciplinary nature allows them to test organizational, economic, aesthetic and social aspects of their designs in connection to energy. &nbsp;Some of the practices recent projects include proposals for the Gdansk Museum of WWII, an extension to the Stockholm City Library and a proposal for the urban redevelopment of Reykjavik, Iceland.</p><p>Lally received his Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles and his B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>More information about the school a...</p> The Knowlton School's own Bernadette Hanlon Gives a Public Lecture Meredith Garda 2016-03-30T16:51:18-04:00 >2016-05-03T08:28:42-04:00 <p>Bernadette Hanlon, Assistant Professor in the City and Regional Planning section at the Knowlton School gave a public lecture for this semester's Atmospheres lecture series. Hanlon's teaching focuses on the political economies of suburban areas and cities. She also focuses on sustainability, immigration and urban environmental policy within planning.&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Her lecture and&nbsp;recent research focuses on suburban growth and decline, specifically in Baltimore.&nbsp;</p><p>She is author, with Thomas Vicino, of&nbsp;<em>Global Migration: The Basics</em>&nbsp;(Routledge),&nbsp;<em>Once the American Dream: Inner-ring Suburbs in the Metropolitan United States&nbsp;</em>(Temple University Press) and co-author of&nbsp;<em>Cities and Suburbs: New Metropolitan Realities in the US</em>&nbsp;(Routledge).&nbsp;</p><p>Hanlon received a B.A. in politics and philosophy from University College Dublin, a Masters of Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>More information about the school and a full schedule of lect...</p> Robert Somol Returns to the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2016-03-03T13:08:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T00:16:08-04:00 <p>Robert Somol returned to the Knowlton School to finish out his role as the&nbsp;&nbsp;Spring 2016 Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Robert Somol has been the Director of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago</a>&nbsp;(UIC) since 2007. He is the editor of&nbsp;<em>Autonomy and Ideology</em>&nbsp;and has served on the editorial boards of&nbsp;<em>Any</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Log</em>, as well as the soon-to-be-launched&nbsp;<em>Flat Out</em>. His writings have appeared in publications ranging from&nbsp;<em>Assemblage</em>&nbsp;to&nbsp;<em>Wired</em>, and will appear in his collection of essays,&nbsp;<em>Nothing to Declare</em>.</p><p>In addition to giving a public lecture at the Knowlton School, Somol spent three days with the third year graduate architecture students who have been studying his writing and theory throughout the school year. The students studied Somol's theory in conjunction with Neil Denari's work. Denari is this years&nbsp;Baumer Distinguished Visiting Practitioner.&nbsp;</p><p>The students were given two projects of Denari's to analyze in the tone of Somol's writing. Students were to ...</p> Jose Oubrerie: The Chapel of Mosquitoes Exhibition at The Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2016-02-17T13:56:51-05:00 >2016-02-20T21:03:50-05:00 <p>Jose Oubrerie, the last living prot&eacute;g&eacute; of Le Corbusier, is a Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the Knowlton School, presents The Chapel of Mosquitoes, an exhibition in Knowlton's Banvard&nbsp;Gallery. The Exhibition will continue to&nbsp;&nbsp;February 25, 2016 &nbsp;at 5:00pm.<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The exhibition presents three paintings in addition to three buildings. These projects span around 43 years each dealing with fundamental architectural elements including light and shade, enclosure and opening, and stasis and movement.&nbsp;</p><p>The three projects featured in the exhibition include:&nbsp;</p><p>The Chapel of the Mosquitoes<br>Dutchess County, New York, 2015</p><p>The Miller House<br>Lexington, Kentucky, 1991</p><p>The French Cultural Center<br>Damascus, Syria, 1972</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This exhibition was made possible with the support of 'T'space gallery, Steven Holl, and Jos&eacute; Oubrerie. To contribute to the Chapel of Mosquitoes construction fund, please contact the Steven Myron Holl Foundation at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>. This architectural charity will match all contrib...</p> João Nunes at the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2016-02-17T13:46:50-05:00 >2016-02-17T13:47:00-05:00 <p>Jo&atilde;o Nunes,<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School, presented a lecture entitled "HOW THINGS MERGE" in Knowlton Hall&rsquo;s Gui Auditorium on Wednesday January 27th.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>A Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard GSD</a>, Nunes is founder and CEO of the landscape architecture studio&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PROAP</a>, where he develops conceptual and creative design, leads project development and defines the strategic orientation of the research process. In 2010, he published&nbsp;<em>PROAP &ndash; Landscape Architecture</em>, a monograph which documents the approach, philosophy and projects of the office&rsquo;s first 25 years. He is also co-author of&nbsp;<em>Lost Competitions</em>(2011).</p><p>A professor at Mendrisio Architecture Academy, Nunes also teaches at the Instituto Superior de Agronomia of Lisbon and has been a visiting professor at UPENN, IUAV (Venice), Poltecnico di Milano (Milan and Mantua), Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona) and &Eacute;cole National Sup&eacute;rieure du Paysage (Versailles). He serves as Director of the Intern...</p> Heather Roberge at the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2016-02-05T17:48:23-05:00 >2016-04-08T11:42:31-04:00 <p>The Knowlton School welcomed one of its alumni, Heather Roberge to give a public lecture last month. The lecture came as a bit of a double feature, as Roberge recently exhibited an installation in the school's Banvard Gallery.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Roberge is the founder and principal of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Murmur: Architecture and Environments</a>. She is a faculty member at UCLA holding positions of Associate Vice Chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design and Director of the Undergraduate program in Architectural studies. Roberge graduated with her Masters in Architecture from The Ohio State University.&nbsp;</p><p>Roberge's professional and academic work looks at the structural, atmospheric and spatial potential of the digital and its impact on the theory and practice of building. Roberge lecture showed a number of projects that expand on approaches to material, craft and manufacturing. The projects use these techniques to push forward building envelopes. For a great example of this, take a look at Murmer's Succulent Ho...</p> Michael Meredith at The Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2015-12-03T12:35:28-05:00 >2016-02-05T17:50:24-05:00 <p>Michael Meredith, a&nbsp;principal of MOS Architects and Assistant Professor of Architectural Design at the&nbsp;Princeton University School of Architecture presented a public lecture at the school's Gui Gallery Auditorium&nbsp;on November 18th.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Meredith presented a number of projects that MOS has both completed and are in progress. MOS is known for using repeated simple geometries to create complex spaces and organizations but perhaps they are better known for their provocative drawing style that blurs the line between 2-D projection and 3-D axon. Meredith presented a number of house projects including House # 5. This house is particularly interesting in the current discussion being had in the Graduate Baumer seminar following Robert Somol's practice of architectural theory. The seminar is currently interested in discussing and parsing out ideas about form vs. shape, something that Michael Meredith clearly addresses in the design for House # 5.&nbsp;</p><p>Meredith also touched on a series the firm is work...</p> Erik Olsen at the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2015-12-02T11:12:34-05:00 >2015-12-09T22:49:20-05:00 <p><img src="" title="" alt=""></p><p>This semester's Energies Lecture series has been unique because of its cross disciplinary nature. The series has focused on bringing lecturers from multiple disciplines outside the confines of architecture, landscape and planning to share ideas that influence design. The Knowlton School was privileged to have Erik Olsen, a partner at Transolar Climate Engineering, give a public lecture titled&nbsp;&nbsp;"Connect Ideas, Maximize Impact: Climate-Responsive Design through Collaboration".&nbsp;</p><p>The lecture, appropriately titled, gave a number of examples of the way Olsen's firm works to create positive environmental impacts through spaces. Transolar partners in projects with a number of leading architecture firms across the globe. Through these partnerships they explore ways in which to minimize environmental impact, save energy and boost efficiency of the spaces they develop.&nbsp;</p><p>Olsen's unique engineering perspective brings a different element to the design. These collaborations among architect and engin...</p> João Gomes da Silva at the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2015-12-02T10:36:21-05:00 >2015-12-02T10:37:19-05:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Jo&atilde;o Gomes da Silva, founder of Global Arquitectura Paisagista (Global Landscape Architecture) with In&ecirc;s Norton in Lisbon, Portugal, gave a public lecture on their work last month at the Knowlton School. Global Arquitectura Paisagista was founded on the basis of&nbsp;creating a group that generates landscape theory and space from the interpretation of economic, social and contemporary cultural transformations.&nbsp;Gomes da Silva shared a number of projects that clearly derive from the goals of his practice.&nbsp;</p><p>Gomes da Silva has taught as a Visiting Professor at Versailles, TU Berlin, ETSA Barcelona, UdS Roma (Sapienza), and UdS Sassari (Alghero). Since 2012 he has been a Professor at Mendrisio Accademia di Architettura and teaches at Universidade Aut&oacute;noma de Lisboa, Department Architecture. He is currently a Design Critic in Landscape Architecture at Harvard&rsquo;s Graduate School of Design. (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>)</p><p>To view Gomes Da Sil...</p> Kiel Moe at the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2015-11-18T15:41:09-05:00 >2015-12-02T00:00:55-05:00 <p>The Knowlton School welcomed Kiel Moe, Practicing architect and&nbsp;Associate Professor of Architecture &amp; Energy in the Department of Architecture at&nbsp;<a href=",%20Thermally%20Active%20Surfaces%20in%20Architecture%20(2010)%20and%20Integrated%20Design%20in%20Contemporary%20Architecture%20(2008).%20%20%20Moe%20received%20his%20B.Arch.%20from%20the%20University%20of%20Cincinnati,%20his%20M.Arch.%20from%20University%20of%20Virginia,%20and%20his%20M.Des.%20in%20Design%20and%20Environmental%20Studies%20from%20the%20Harvard%20University%20Graduate%20School%20of%20Design%20Advanced%20Studies%20Program." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard University Graduate School of Design</a>,&nbsp;to give a public lecture at the school.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Moe's teaching, practice and research all focus on energy: particularly on an agenda for design that is ecologically and architecturally driven.&nbsp;Moe sees buildings as representations of large-scale energy systems and is interested in how thermal aspects of buildings that are often overlooked can have larger impacts on the architecture. Much of his lecture centered around these principles. Moe shared current work of his own as well as student work from his core design studios, seminars and additional lectures. &nbsp;</p><p>To view Kiel Moe's lecture visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>More information about the school and a full schedule of lectures can be found at Previous lectures can be viewed at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www...</a></p> Michael Blier at The Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2015-11-04T15:59:35-05:00 >2015-11-04T16:00:51-05:00 <p>.<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Knowlton School welcomed Landscape architect, Michael Blier, to lecture on October 12. Blier is the founding principle of the critically recognized firm,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landworks Studio Inc.</a>. located in downtown Boston.&nbsp;</p><p>Blier presented a number of recent projects coming out of the studio. The work is largely focused on urban sites and seeks to examine the complex problems that exist between ecologically challenged sites, ecological and cultural sustainability, material tectonics and program as a mechanism for achieving highly performative and visually compelling solutions.&nbsp;</p><p>Landworks studio has been joined by a number of OSU alumni in recent years including Shelly Drees, David Schimmel and Matt Johnson who have worked closely with Blier on some of the presented projects.&nbsp;</p><p>To view Blier's lecture now visit&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> .</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>More information about the school and a full schedule of lectures can be found at Previous lectures can be v...</p> Stair Sessions with Robert Somol and Neil Denari Meredith Garda 2015-11-04T14:01:00-05:00 >2015-11-11T19:05:29-05:00 <p>On October 13, The Knowlton School hosted a 'stair session' with this year's&nbsp;Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professors, Neil Denari and Robert Somol. Denari made is second visit to the Knowlton School this year as he wrapped up a two part seminar with third year architecture graduate students.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As a part of the Baumer seminar, students presented a final analysis of Denari's work to complete the first half of the course. Somol, a former professor at the Knowlton School, joined Denari for a discussion with students in the morning and the 'stair session' in the afternoon. &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The session was facilitated by Knowlton assistant professors, Kristy Balliet and Justin Diles, who are co-teaching the Baumer Seminar course this year. Balliet and Diles came with a series of questions for Somol and Denari: topics ranging from Denari's forthcoming monograph to Somol's thoughts on the trajectory of practice. The session can be viewed on the school's website.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> François Roche + Camille Lacadee at the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2015-10-26T12:00:54-04:00 >2015-11-02T20:57:46-05:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Knowlton school welcomed French architects&nbsp;Fran&ccedil;ois Roche and Camille Lacadee on October 7 to give a lecture titled&nbsp;&nbsp;"mythomaniaS". According to&nbsp;Roche&nbsp;"mythomaniaS" is described " &hellip;as an history of multiple-psycho-disorders, consequences of the multiplicity of contingencies and incoherencies, nonsenses, constructing hazardous causalities and consequences&nbsp; / including Chemistry, Computing, Robotic &hellip; through &lsquo;Bachelor Machines&rsquo; palpitating between Eros-Thanatos drive, as desirable machines in the pursuit of Antonin Artaud and Gilles Deleuze &hellip; as line of subjectivities and technological protocols able to redefine apparatus of transaction / where Species, Animism and Machinism could re-negotiate their contact-contract / &hellip; &hellip; &hellip; &hellip; /."&nbsp;</p><p>Roche co-founded R&amp;Sie(n) with architects Jean Navarro&nbsp;and&nbsp;&nbsp;Stephanie Lavaux. R&amp;Sie(n) uses an avatar and has adapted a number of name changes through the years.&nbsp;R&amp;Sie(n)&nbsp;is currently interested in research titled "new-territories" which Roche discussed d...</p> Dr. Megan Sandel at the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2015-10-09T14:31:42-04:00 >2015-10-16T23:15:02-04:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This past week at the Knowlton School, Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, presented a lecture titled "The Housing Vaccine: Why Stable Decent Affordable Homes Keep Communities Healthy". Dr. Sandel&nbsp;is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and a co-principal investigator with Children's Health Watch.</p><p>Dr. Sandel's lecture presented research done with Children's Health Watch. The research is aimed at understanding the importance of affordable housing and how to use housing as a tool to improve health outcomes.&nbsp;With the findings, they hope to create permanent solutions and develop efficient models for countering housing insecurity.</p><p>Dr. Sandel argues that housing is a part of a vaccine that can be issued to lower income or lower advantage neighborhoods. She proposes that affordable housing is a first in a series of vaccines to improve community health.&nbsp;</p><p>Sandel raises some issues including how housing insecurity can begin to affect o...</p> Baumer Visiting Professor Neil Denari at the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2015-10-01T01:18:00-04:00 >2015-10-01T01:31:34-04:00 <p>This past week at the Knowlton School, Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor, Neil Denari, joined architecture students for three days of seminars.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">(<em>Denari speaks with graduate architecture students during a semina</em>r<em> session</em>.)</p><p>Denari joins a list of leading practitioners and scholars who have been teaching the seminar since 1996. This past week was the first part of Denari's visit to the Knowlton School. In addition to leading the seminar with third year architecture graduate students, Denari gave a public lecture that is a part of the Baumer Fall 2015 Energies Lecture series.&nbsp;</p><p>During the seminar sessions, graduate students got the opportunity to ask questions about Neil's work, writing, practice and life. Denari presented a number of projects in addition to his lecture and gave students an inside look at his process as a designer, his teaching and an in depth look at his forthcoming monograph.&nbsp;</p><p>Students have been looking at Denari's work critically on a number of topics inclu...</p> Sarah Oppenheimer at the Knowlton School Meredith Garda 2015-09-22T18:58:29-04:00 >2015-09-23T08:34:11-04:00 <p>Last week at the Knowlton School, Sarah Oppenheimer, a visual artist based in New York City, gave students and faculty a look at her numerous projects that blur the boundaries between sculpture and architecture. Oppenheimer's work is largely based on the idea of apertures that both visually and physically connect otherwise disconnected spaces through a series of manipulated thresholds. These gestures are meant to bring attention to the space through uncertainty rather than through distraction. Oppenheimer describes moments of disorienting the viewer as well as moments of clarification. This paradox is constantly changing depending on the position of the viewer to the artwork.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Oppenheimer was able to extend her research and time at the Knowlton School through a workshop where students explored the idea of PIVOT-SWITH. The investigation from the workshop will contribute to Oppenheimer's residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts that will end in an independent exhibition in Spring...</p> David Eskenazi at the Knowlton School Dustin Page 2015-04-14T17:21:35-04:00 >2015-04-14T17:21:35-04:00 <p>This last week, the current Howard E. LeFevre '29 Emerging Practitioner Fellow at the Knowlton School presented a lecture wherein he divulged the work that has formed his architectural career, including his own work from school, the work of his current students, and of most recent importance, the exhibition which he is working on putting together in the Banvard gallery here in the school. His work consistently presents an urge to shift the focus from the content to what it means to be a drawing, a rendering, a model, or more generally the problem of existing as any of these medium. The content itself works to reiterate this problem, throwing the process through a loop, requiring it to be reimagined each time it is redrawn, rerendered, or just snapshotted on a phone to send to a friend.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This oscillation between scales and rendering techniques requires an elegant curatorial method to pull stills out as final products, though these things may be anything but as will be shown in the upco...</p> Andrew Witt at the Knowlton School Dustin Page 2015-03-14T17:54:50-04:00 >2015-03-19T20:47:33-04:00 <p>Andrew Witt has relatively recently started a new firm called Certain Measures, where he is continuing his investigations from his time at Gehry Technologies and his ongoing studies with students at the Harvard GSD. More on the engineering side of the building spectrum, the work that he displayed his lecture at the Knowlton School this past Wednesday featured advanced structures performing what were nothing less than feats.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The new Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris features sails that cascade over the building hidden underneath. In the lecture, Andrew walked the audience through the impressive engineering that was required to allow this structure. These investigations into the capabilities of the materials presents itself in the studies that his classes do at Harvard. Balloons writhed and wriggled as the methods and techniques of fabrication altered.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More information about the school and a full schedule of lectures can be found at Previous lectures can be viewed at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h...</a></p> Carlo Ratti at the Knowlton School Dustin Page 2015-03-08T11:49:35-04:00 >2015-03-11T20:17:38-04:00 <p>This past Wednesday, as the Mingle lecture series moves into the later half, Carlo Ratti came by the Knowlton School to lecture. Ratti, the Trott Distinguished Visiting Professor, practices in Italy, teaches at MIT, and works between architecture and engineering. The engineering aspect reveals itself fairly quickly within his work as systems monitor, collect, disperse, and navigate the city.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The presented work mainly concerned how the city is operating and how humans can respond and use information that is collected by a series of devices. What becomes interesting in his work is the theme of feedback, where interesting results may accidentally be found through the processes. This manifests itself not only as the robots themselves react to the operations, but humans as well in attempts to deal with the systems.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More information about the school and a full schedule of lectures can be found at Previous lectures can be viewed at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Kristy Balliet Lectures Dustin Page 2015-02-22T22:44:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T22:12:17-05:00 <p>This past&nbsp;Wednesday, the Knowlton School&rsquo;s own Kristy Balliet offered a glimpse into the progression of her work over the past few years to a packed audience. This lecture, titled &ldquo;The Architectural Mingle,&rdquo; was presented in two acts, first focusing on volume, then on parts. The scene which was first encountered within the hall was a seductive image of a form peeking out of the top of building, suggestive of volume and form, ambiguous on scale and material. This figure, slightly emitting a magenta glow, anticipated themes that would be shown through the course of the lecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The interest is shown through the trajectory of the classical conception of volume into the contemporary. Slightly anamorphic figures are carved, sliced, and punctured to create what Kristy terms the &ldquo;contemporary enfilade.&rdquo; Similar to Wren&rsquo;s dome on St. Paul&rsquo;s Cathedral, the interior volumes operate with some independence of the exterior form, yet they each depend on the other to be able to perform their functi...</p> Tom Wiscombe at the Knowlton School Dustin Page 2015-02-10T18:15:04-05:00 >2015-02-11T21:07:08-05:00 <p>The Los Angeles based architect Tom Wiscombe, formerly of Coop Himmelb(l)au, spent the majority of the previous week at the Knowlton School. Here, he lectured as well as led a workshop titled "Involuted Figures and Black Holes." In the lecture, Tom described his work with the three-dimensional diagram, consisting primarily of a toy-like figured called a jack. Through modeling, he manipulates the forms in search of smooth, ambiguously grounded final figurations.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In the workshop held throughout the week and concluding Saturday evening, the students were brought through an introductory understanding of the three-dimensional modeling software Maya to produce a two drawings. This allowed those involved an inside look at how Wiscombe works through his figurations and thinks about these complex forms.</p><p>The following project drawings are those of Allison Drda, a third year Graduate student at the Knowlton School.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>More information about the school and a full schedule of lectures can be found a...</p> Daniel Barber at the Knowlton School Dustin Page 2015-01-27T09:19:14-05:00 >2015-02-02T13:39:56-05:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This past week, Daniel Barber of the University of Pennsylvania, College of Design lectured at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture. Daniel is an architectural historian and as he showed here, has a particular interest in the global environmental culture and the impact that this has on the field of Architecture. The presentation centered on the trajectory of environmental awareness within the field, specifically from the post-World War II period to now. One of the key points that was made was how humans insert themselves into the dynamic between environment and nature, whether it be as the central concern, or as another variable within the complex system.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Benjamin Bratton Lecture Dustin Page 2015-01-19T22:24:00-05:00 >2015-01-24T17:42:25-05:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In&nbsp;the previous week, Benjamin Bratton of the University of California, San Diego visited the Knowlton School as the Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor. Through the week, he held a series of seminars for the Third Year Graduate Architecture students, gave a lecture to the school as a whole, and participated in a symposium which concluded his visit.&nbsp;</p><p>Benjamin's focus isn't one topic, but is instead interested in the structure that holds together all of the various systems, and when I say all, I want to stress the point that everything can potentially be included. His model, which he calls "the stack," divides our reality into a series of six layers; though he notes that this is able to be reconfigured. The theory as a whole is a bit loose and flexible, which itself is a bit of a reflection of the fluid systems which it is attempting to tame and categorize. He has intentionally made it into something that will move as we move, however identifying its exact movements become difficu...</p> Lecture - Forrest Meggers Dustin Page 2014-11-23T13:06:51-05:00 >2014-11-25T19:02:28-05:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>On Wednesday, Forrest Meggers from the Princeton University School of Architecture gave a lecture at the Knowlton School. His focus is mainly on sustainable design within architecture, seeing this not as a hindrance or mere requirement as many architects do, but as a way of invigorating a project and aiding in design. Here, building systems are celebrated. The work that he showed at the lecture primarily dealt with atmospheric effects, and by this I mean that it seeks to improve the quality of the space, increasing human comfortability.</p><p>He explained the current state of buildings and their relationship to the environment, specifically with the amount of energy consumption is required to build and maintain the buildings. This problem is what Forrest is situating himself around.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>More information about the school and a full schedule of lectures can be found at Previous lectures can be viewed at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p>