Lian (Harvard GSD M.Arch.I)

I graduated in 2013, but still live-blog here once in a while.

  • Video - GSD Conference on Design I: Liminal Objects - Design and the Museum

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Nov 1, '12 2:00 PM EST

    Hi Archinect,

    If you're in areas affected by the storm, or have loved ones who are, all the best to you. To everyone else: back to work! Storm day is over.

    It has been said within our school that furniture, interiors, and design thinking--and dealing with these issues in a serious intellectual way as well as in a creative and productive one--are questions that may become more integral to the GSD's agenda in the coming years.

    Our school recently hosted a series of panel discussions and roundtables on this question, and here are the videos. I recommend them as explorations of possible future directions for this institution.

    (I haven't actually had a chance to see these yet, so do let me know what you think.)

    thanks for watching!


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    GSD: Liminal Objects - Introduction, Design - in - Practice

    GSD: Liminal Objects - Design and the Museum

    GSD: Liminal Objects - Round Table

  • Live Blog - Iñaki Ábalos, 'Thermodynamism and Architecture'

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 31, '12 10:44 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! I'm in Stubbins (a smaller room) tonight for a lecture by GSD Professor in Residence Iñaki Ábalos, widely rumored among students to be our next chair of Architecture. The lecture, entitled "Thermodynamics of mixed use high rise prototypes: theory and practice" will be... View full entry

  • Live Blog - Toyo Ito, "What Was Metabolism? Reflections on the Life of Kiyonori Kikutake"

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 16, '12 6:52 PM EST

    Hi Archinect, We're in full, full Piper tonight for Toyo Ito's lecture. (You can watch the full video at the GSD's YouTube Channel.) From the GSD website: The Metabolist Movement in the 1960s established the foundation from which contemporary architecture in Japan has emerged up to the present... View full entry

  • Live Blog - Aggregate and Ed Eigen

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 12, '12 3:07 PM EST

    Hi Archinect, I haven't normally attended the GSD's "PhD Talks" as I'm not a PhD student here, but today the researchers collectively known as "Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative" are having a conversation wtih Ed Eigen, about a book that I admire very much called Governing by Design... View full entry

  • Live Blog - Kengo Kuma, "After March 11th"

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 9, '12 6:54 PM EST

    Hi Archinect, Kengo Kuma in full Piper tonight! You can view the video at the GSD's YouTube channel. I came in a little late, unfortunately, but just in time to see KK show a picture of a recent project in which "nothing happens"--there was no evidence of the project in this image of a hill... View full entry

  • Live Blog - Günther Vogt, "City as Territory as Landscape"

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 4, '12 6:37 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! I'm in Piper for Zürich-based landscape architect Günther Vogt's lecture. From the GSD website: Günther Vogt will present a talk on the nature of outdoor spaces, making reference to his projects, which approach landscape in the context of the city and urbanization... View full entry

  • Thesis: is performance in architecture like the performance of a machine, or a theater?

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Sep 22, '12 11:00 AM EST

    Hi Archinect! This post goes along with this one where I shared two videos that started my work on thesis this semester. Here, I wanted to explain a bit about what I mean by "unaccomplished performances," which is the working title for the project: I’m starting with the question: what do we... View full entry

  • Thesis: unaccomplished performances (video)

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Sep 21, '12 4:49 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! I’m in thesis this semester in the M.Arch.I program, and am being advised by my studio critic from first (!) semester, Danielle Etzler, as well as K. Michael Hays. We kicked off the semester with a pin-up in the first week of September, and a desk crit this past Monday. The... View full entry

    unaccomplished performance - time lapse

    unaccomplished performance - charcoal dawn

  • Live Blog - George Lakoff, "The Brain's Politics"

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Sep 11, '12 5:06 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! I'm at MIT for George Lakoff's talk,"The Brain's Politics: How Campaigns Are Framed and Why." The talk's blurb says: Everything we learn, know and understand is physical — a matter of brain circuitry. This basic fact has deep implications for how politics is understood, how... View full entry

  • Live Blog - Jürgen Mayer H., "pre.text / vor.wand"

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Sep 6, '12 6:38 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! It looks like a cat sat on my keyboard, but "pre.text / vor.wand" is the title of Jürgen Mayer H.'s lecture tonight in Piper. This has been the first week of classes. (I'm in my thesis semester and second last semester of my M.Arch.I.--more on thesis soon.) 6:36pm: Scott Cohen... View full entry

  • Economic Considerations Regarding the Future of the Architecture Profession

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Jul 24, '12 5:46 PM EST

    Hi Archinect, Here's the excellent slide deck from a presentation by Kermit Baker, Chief Economist at the American Institute of Architects, in a "collateral discussion" (whatever that is) held on March 4, 2012 (as posted online at The main theme, as I see it: baby boomers holding on to... View full entry

  • ContemPLAY: Adventures in full-scale digital fabrication (interview with Sophie Wilkin from McGill)

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Jul 19, '12 1:53 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! M.Arch. students from my alma mater, McGill School of Architecture, have designed and built a steel and wood pavilion that they’re calling ContemPLAY, and I recently sat down with team member Sophie Wilkin (via text chat) to find out more. Here’s an edited version of our... View full entry

  • A Single Surface, Multiple Players: Design and Construction of the Stair for the BSA Space

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Jul 17, '12 10:29 AM EST

    Hi Archinect! It's been a while--I've been enjoying summer! But I did find time to chat with Eric Höweler (Höweler + Yoon Architecture), Patrick McCafferty (Arup Boston), Jason Smith (Commodore Builders), and Tom Couturier (Couturier Iron Craft) about their collaboration on the stair... View full entry

    Patrick McCafferty: “Arup’s in-house finite element software was used to analyze the dynamic response of the stair in order to fine-tune the structural design and detailing requirements.” This video, courtesy Arup Boston, shows the stress contours as load is applied to the stair.

  • Live Blog: Marikka Trotter and K. Michael Hays

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Apr 17, '12 8:33 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! I’m at the very beautiful Cambridge Public Library (by William Rawn Associates) for a conversation between Marikka Trotter (co-editor with Esther Choi of Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else) and K. Michael Hays, who was co-author together with Trotter of... View full entry

  • Live Blog: Scott Cohen and Nader Tehrani, "my house is better than your house"

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Apr 16, '12 12:10 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! This one is for the lols. The GSD's Scott Cohen and Nader Tehrani, Head of the Department of Architecture at MIT, are having a friendly lunchtime debate--as illustrated by the hot air rising from each house in the poster. 12:10: Scott opens things, describing his close and collegial... View full entry

  • Live Blog: Margaret Livingstone, "What Art can tell us about the Brain"

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Apr 13, '12 12:46 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! I'm at MIT today for Margaret Livingstone's lecture on visual perception. She'll be talking about how works of visual art can inform us about how we see. (Her excellent book with many visual games and informative optical illusions is called Vision and Art: the biology of seeing.)... View full entry

  • note to incoming GSD and Career Discovery students about housing

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Apr 8, '12 11:39 AM EST

    Hello, Sorry to abuse my blog in this way, but this is just to reach out to incoming GSD (and MIT) students, as well as GSD Career Discovery summer students, who are looking for apartments. We have a Facebook group with almost 300 members called 'Harvard GSD Housing' where you can post ads... View full entry

  • video: Marc Simmons, you talk pretty

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Apr 6, '12 3:45 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! I wasn't able to live blog last night's lecture by Marc Simmons from Front, but it's just as well, as he talks so articulately that it's better to watch the video yourself, at the GSD's YouTube channel. It was a great presentation of Front's façade consultation and... View full entry

  • Live Blog: One Harvard: Lectures that Last

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Apr 3, '12 6:30 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! I'm at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square for the Harvard Graduate Council's 'One Harvard: Lectures that Last.' Top professors from each of Harvard's twelve schools have been rounded up to to give a talk:     Roland Baron | Harvard School of Dental Medicine... View full entry

  • maps

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Apr 2, '12 12:43 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! By now, you've probably seen Google's April 1 release of its 8-bit map for NES. But have you seen this real-time animated map of wind in the United States? And this Metro Distortion Map that shows the travel time to stations in Washington DC? And Mapnificent, which shows what places... View full entry

    Google Maps 8-bit for NES

  • Live Blog: George Baird

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Mar 29, '12 12:27 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! George Baird is giving a lunchtime lecture today, hosted by the student groups CanadaGSD and LandGSD. Baird is the former Dean (2004-2009) of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, and is a partner in the Toronto-based architecture and urban design firm... View full entry

  • Wide Open: Young designers discuss their professional horizons and architecture’s future

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Mar 27, '12 11:01 AM EST

    [Photo by Julie Chen for ArchitectureBoston] Hi Archinect! ArchitectureBoston, a quarterly publication of the Boston Society of Architects, is undergoing a change in leadership. The founding editor, Elizabeth Padjen, is stepping down after fourteen years of service and Renée Loth, a Boston... View full entry

  • Live Blog: Rosalind Williams, "Infrastructure of Lived Experience"

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Mar 23, '12 6:46 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! 6:25: I have springtime allergies here and would rather be at home...but here I blogging Rosalind Williams' keynote lecture for this weekend's Landscape Infrastructure conference. The conference, organized by GSD Landscape professor Pierre Bélanger, is subtitled... View full entry

  • Apeira: architectural speculation

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Mar 19, '12 6:12 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! Just to mention that my former roommate, recent GSD M.Arch.II grad (and thesis prize winner) Etien Santiago, has launched a new print and online journal called 'Apeira.' The first issue includes: The Whole of Apeira / Etien Santiago Fêlure in Humans and Machines / Lea Anglais... View full entry

  • Comment: GPS-based social networking, or the death of the flaneur

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Mar 9, '12 5:36 PM EST

    Although I'm actually pretty keen on the potentials of pervasive computing, the current hype about GPS-based social networking apps makes me uneasy. The idea is that your mobile device will be able to tell you when somebody in your vicinity has or shares certain interests (or other... View full entry

  • Live Blog: Rem Koolhaas

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Mar 5, '12 5:14 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! Koolhaas in the haas. Omagawd! [Photo from Chauhaus--our cafeteria--courtesy of Paul Cattaneo.] Koolhaas just introduced the study-abroad Rotterdam studio he's teaching in the fall, and now...he's giving a talk called "Current Preoccupations," with Q+A led by Sanford Kwinter and K... View full entry

  • Live Blog: "Ethics of the Urban: the City and the Spaces of the Political"

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Mar 3, '12 5:25 PM EST

    Hi Archinect, I'm sitting on the floor in a very stuffy, very tiny room for the last session of this weekend's conference, "Ethics of the Urban: the City and the Spaces of the Political." Gerald Frug and Richard Sennett are speaking, moderated by Neil Brenner. 4:45: Gerald Frug: "Richard Sennett... View full entry

  • Live Blog: Saskia Sassen, "Immigrants and Citizens in the Global City"

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Mar 2, '12 5:17 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! The sultry r&b is playing, and Saskia Sassen is in front of the gold curtain this Friday night for the keynote lecture of the conference, "Ethics of the Urban: the City and the Spaces of the Political." This is the third in a series of conferences organized by Dean Mostafavi... View full entry

  • Live Blog: Samuel Klein, "Future of Civic Participation: Lessons from the cult of Wikipedians"

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Feb 29, '12 6:42 PM EST

    Hi Archinect, I'm at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government tonight for a talk with Samuel Klein, Trustee at Wikipedia. It's a small crowd, but we'll see how it goes. 6:43: How ironic, we're starting with some technical difficulties. 6:44: SK is asking who has started a Wikipedia entry that... View full entry

  • Live Blog: Richard Sennett, "The Architecture of Cooperation"

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Feb 28, '12 6:28 PM EST

    Hi Archinect! I'm a bit under the weather today, but this is one not to miss. Richard Sennett, the GSD's Senior Loeb Fellow for 2012 (and faculty member at New York University and the London School of Economics) is talking about the "Architecture of Cooperation": “The theme of the lecture... View full entry

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