Smith further addresses the connection between architecture and money that architects often neglect. She also expands upon her background with Rem Koolhaus at Harvard, her research in collaboration with Jon Jerde and her experience as a senior strategist at Motorola.
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Smith presents “Ecovillage,” a kit with four pieces. It is left up to the user to decide how the pieces go together to form a larger communal structure. The first test case for this project will be built in Nicaragua. Next, Smith introduces a project titled “Wanna Start a Commune?” She identifies the next generation of sustainable practices as resource sharing. Expanding on the concept of resource sharing, Smith proposes to turn suburban cul-de-sacs into communes. She identifies the cul-de-sac as the most realistic existing model for conversion to a resource sharing organization.
Smith introduces her contribution to the Harvard Project on the City in the book Great Leap Forward. Her chapter addresses the connection between architecture and money. She then presents a project that takes inspiration from the Yurt, a portable, bent wood framed dwelling structure. Smith chronicles the construction and testing of the Yurt in the Philippines and exhibits the various iterations produced before arriving at a marketable product.
Smith delivers a “behind the scenes look” at her work and its relationship to the current economic climate which she identifies as a depression. She discusses the interests and the structure of her firm which is not just engaged in architecture but product design and ideas as well. She then addresses the influence of indigenous architecture on her recent work. An interest in collaborative design and construction is demonstrated with projects pursued at the annual High Desert Test Sites and with a set design project for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Finally she addresses the tensions between the role of architect and manufacturer.
During the question and answer portion of her lecture, Siegal answers questions about the cost of her projects, the politics of working with the Building Department, and the implications of her modular approach to urban density.
Jennifer Siegal discusses her ideas about mass-customization, emergent materials, and her design for the City of the Future competition.
Jennifer Siegal is a SCI-Arc graduate, and the founder and principal of the Office of Mobile Design (OMD). Siegal is interested in the “environmental consequences of auto-mobility,” and in “using design to affect social mobility.” Her ideas of mobile architecture are not confined to portability but also take on the implications of time and place. In this clip she discusses the principles that guide her design approach. She also discusses her use of shipping containers and recycled materials in projects for mobile classrooms, and in the Seatrain House.
Robert Mangurian introduces Jennifer Siegal, and remembers her as coming from one of the finest graduate classes that SCI-Arc has produced. As a preface Mangurian begins by discussing his Whiz Bang Quick City project near Woodstock, NY in 1971. This instant town of cardboard domes and inflatables touches on the nomadic transience that interests Siegal. Mangurian discusses how Siegal’s name began to circulate through numerous publications and exhibition as an emerging voice in architecture. Upon taking the podium, Siegal tells a quick story about her acceptance to SCI-Arc.