Todd Gannon describes his interest in the phenomenon of obsession. He characterizes the unprecidented ability of contemporary youth to multitask as a new kind of hyper-attention. He attributes this to advances in technology and especially real time feedback loops. He talks about his interest in form and surface problems and the idea of translating linguistic techniques to material form. He discusses his interest in a surface that organizes itself in terms of coded form and language. Gannon presents a few of his own projects, stressing the ability to come up with creative ways of working within economic constraints. He argues that media can create transparency in ways which is seldom explored.
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Volkan Alkanoglu presents his personal inspirations from architecture, art, photography, and fashion, including Malevich’s Black Square and Archigram’s Walking City. Alkanoglu stresses the use of narrative and storytelling in the design process. He presents projects he worked on at Foster and Partners, Future Systems and Asymptote. He discusses in detail Asymptote’s exhibition spaces for the 2009 Venice Biennale. Alkanoglu traces his interest in machines and robotics back to his school work at the Bartlett. He shows a series of drawings whose techniques were inspired by early investigations into robotics.
Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo’s Lead Pencil Studio is an interdisciplinary practice with a focus on art installations, and architecture projects. While their interdisciplinary cross-pollination has earned them awards, and recognition, Han declares that their work in architecture and art are separate. Han draws a clear distinction between the two, their art is essentially “architecture without any of its function.” The spatial experience, as Mihalyo explains, is paramount, as opposed to seeing space as an object.
Peter Zellner discusses the current focus of his office, and their work in designing gallery spaces. He describes his design process, the relationship between art and architecture, and the relationship between designer and artist. Zellner ends with a question and answer session, in which he describes how geometries play out in his work.
Introduced by Chris Genik, Teddy Cruz presents a selection of his work and explains the motivations behind them. A new dividing line splits the globe in two, separating the northern industrialized countries from the underdeveloped southern countries creating new ideas about sovereignty by encouraging migration. Cruz’s practice centers within the conflicts that arise from this division and seeks to participate in designing a redistribution of resources. Opportunities to participate lie within the process of importing and exporting that defines every major global city. Most of Teddy’s work focuses on the conflict that comes from the interrelationship between factories, labor, and emergency housing in Tijuana, Mexico.
Mamoru Nakagawa, via Yoshio Ikezaki’s translation, explains the significance of being a Japanese Living National Treasure. He explains the manner in which he creates his own tools and seeks to be innovative, as well as maintain tradition. He discusses his innovative methods and the science of mixing compound metals. He describes his design inspiration, derived from nature and its constant changes. He then explains his philosophy in teaching. Nakagawa discusses the necessity of having clear focus and minimizing distractions in order to concentrate on the production of work.
Josep Lluis Mateo gives an introduction to his work of the last three years, including a housing project in Amsterdam, a residential project on the island of Majorca, a master plan for the cultural center in Castelo Branco, Portugal, the Barcelona International Convention Centre and the Deutsche Bundesbank head office in Chemnitz, Germany.
Sheila Kennedy practices with Juan Frano Violich as Kennedy & Violich Architecture in Boston. Kennedy characterizes their recent work as research into bioluminescence for clues on how to integrate technology into the body of architecture. She discusses how electrical technology has been represented in the popular imagination as a new media, the efficiency of bioluminescence, and a project to develop a smart window using Dupont SentryGlas Plus. Kennedy discusses several school projects including the Shady Hill School library, Cambridge; Madden Dance Theater and Gym, RISD Graduate Center for Integrative Technologies, and the Art Institute of Chicago’s School of Art and Design. Kennedy discusses several projects including a private contemporary art gallery and residence, an electroluminescent desk, and the Give Back phosphorescent curtain. She discusses several intelligent infrastructure ideas incorporated into the East River Ferry Landings project.