John Bohn begins his lecture with an overview of his education and career in the field of architecture. He documents his time spent at The Ohio State University, reflecting on his engagement with contemporary critical discourse and digital technologies. Bohn then recalls his early professionally career, including a position with Arata Isozaki Associates in Tokyo. He then enters a discussion regarding his recent personal research explorations. The first exploration involves design software engineering. Next, Bohn documents an installation at the Rhode Island School of Design with an interest in “Open Source Architecture,” Bohn concludes his lecture with a documentation of residential project in Carmel, CA involving immersive environments and vocabularies for form generation.
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John Bohn begins his lecture with an overview of his education and career in the field of architecture. He documents his time spent at The Ohio State University, reflecting on his engagement with contemporary critical discourse and digital technologies. Bohn then recalls his early professionally career, including a position with Arata Isozaki Associates in Tokyo. He concludes this discussion with a documentation of his teaching career at Rhode Island School of Design and Syracuse University. His collaborations with students at these schools involve investigations of temporal transformations and mapping studies.
SCI-Arc’s Future Initiatives program hosts a symposium on the possibilities and pitfalls of innovative and contemporary approaches to city making. David Bergman and Peter Zellner moderate; David Fletcher, Mia Lehrer, and Andrew Zago present their work; Orhan Ayy?ce and Sylvia Lavin respond. The panelists discuss their recent L.A. River competition entries which map local conditions to generate design elements, trying to predict the future.
Peter Zellner and David Bergman introduce some of the general topics of the symposium. David Fletcher discusses how urban planning and urban renewal inform his work. He describes his L. A. River competition entry as a system of networks, generating an argument, and forecasting the future.
Mihalyo and Hahn discuss the utilization of LIDAR (Laser Infrared Detection and Ranging) technology for the virtual mapping of streets in Rome, Italy. This technology was developed for the electronic mining industry. It may be utilized for the digital mapping of cities in order to discover their level of density and forest cover. Mihalyo and Hahn utilized this in order to capture real-world complexity, as it is. They summarized the lecture by describing the difference between art and architecture as architecture as a functional program and art as space with no architectural functions, only experiential qualities.
Stanislaus Fung lectures on Chinese gardens as well as the progression of building practice in China. He discusses in detail Zhuozheng Yuan, a celebrated 16th century garden in Suzhou, whose name could be translated “The Garden of the Unsuccessful Politician,” or “The Garden of Artless Administration.” He shows drawings of the garden from different eras showing different ideas of the boundaries of the garden. The garden is not a fixed object: mapping becomes a tracing of variable fields of foci. Fung discusses the role of temporal change in the garden, as seen in seasonal and night views. Extending the discussion of temporality into the present day, Fung argues that tourist guide books, often a mishmash of past and present, serve to connect past and present in a stimulating way. By lacking hierarchy, the compel the reader piece the city together in an individual way. He discusses the incorporation of individual memory and cultural experience. Fung goes on to discuss the difficulties in understanding China and Chinese building practice, in that image and media are the main source of information rather than personal experience.
Lerup discusses “stims,” i.e. stimulating focal elements in the environment, and the social factors that hinder architecture. He calls for an age of integration in which architecture is integrated into the democracy of the city. Lerup discusses suburbia.