Catalyst No. 04 | Now Available

Catalyst No. 04 edited by Zaneta Hong and including fonts from Leighton Beaman is now available for pre-order here. Catalyst, now in its fourth volume, is an interdisciplinary catalogue of ideas, methods, and discourses that have recently taken place at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. This cross section of design, research, and pedagogy is organized as a sequence of endeavors, from the practical to the speculative; and represents the breadth of applied and theoretical production embarked within the school’s degree programs and minors including architectural history, architecture, constructed environments, design thinking, global sustainability, historic preservation, landscape architecture, and urban planning & design. Catalyst IV catalogs the work of UVA School of Architecture’s faculty and students – celebrating the heterogeneity of multiple disciplines, multiple voices, and multiple approaches within design.

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"Alterities" @ NCSU

Leighton Beaman presents "Alterities" at North Carolina State University, College of Design. The lecture gives an overview of research, education and practice within a post-human and increasingly post-digital design environment. 

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Meta-Field Launches

meta-field, a speculative & applied design research group at the University of Virginia, launches on Nov 6th 2017. Meta-field, a collection faculty, researchers and students, from multiple disciplines examines the intersections between Materials, Environments, Technologies, and Assemblies. Meta-field is co-directed by Zaneta Hong, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia & Leighton Beaman, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia and Design and Technology Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design. 

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Smart Environments Research Group & Data Dialogues

Michael Leighton Beaman joins the Smart Environments Project. The UVA SMART ENVIRONMENTS project challenges the social equity and urban spatial implications of data informatics. In a 3-year project, a group of scholars will contribute an architectural, ecological, and urban policy perspective to a broader Humanities Informatics initiative at UVA that aims at a critical, and often-neglected humanities dialogue within information studies and data science.

Learn More at the Smart Environments Website

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Oyster Blocks published in IntAR Journal

Sub-aqueous Interventions for Non-Humans, an article about the Oyster Block Project is available in the Int|AR Journal Vol. 08

As more emphasis is placed on humanity’s impact on the Earth’s environments, and what might be called an acknowledgement and exploration of the ecological context of our activity, designers have become more involved in adaptive and interventional projects that are realized in larger, more interconnected ways. Increasingly, those projects are involving sub-aqueous environments and ecotones. These projects are expanding the notion of intervention and adaptation for designers to encompass water. The Oyster Blocks Project, which began as a collaboration between Beta-field and Allied Concrete, was born from this approach to design intervention. Our collaborative goal was to investigate how manufactured elements which play a role in these environments, might be reconsidered to be more specific in form, material, and construction; more responsive in relation to its intended intervention and more mindful of unintended effects.

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Zaneta Hong Selected as Catalyst IV Editor

Zaneta Hong was selected as the editor of the 4th volume of Catalyst which spans design education and research at  the University of Virginia. This volume will examine the relationship between academic levels and how course are organized within and outside of research frameworks. 

Catalyst IV will be published by ORO and is scheduled to be available in 2018. 

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Kenya Building Manual wins Research Grant

The Kenya Building Manual, and on-going project between GA Collaborative and students from the Rhode Island School of Design & the University of Virginia to investigate, communicate, and disseminate low impact building techniques to developing communities in Kenya and across sub Saharan Africa, has received a Summer Research Grant from the University of Virginia. The research will investigate and develop graphic modes of communication. 

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Greg Lynn, Robots & Urban Mobility


“Intelligent machines should collaborate with people, not compete with them,” - Greg Lynn

In an interview for architectural Record, Lynn discusses his new position as Chief Creative Director at Paggio Fast Forward, their new robot companion Gita, and the future of mobility and transportation in urban environments. Check it out at Architectural Record




"The Observational Domain" @ Fogg Art Museum

Zaneta Hong Presents "The Observational Domain" at the Harvard University Fogg Art Museum on Tuesday, Novemebr 15, 2016 (5:45 - 7:45). Zaneta will be presenting with Laura Muir, Research Curator for Academic and Public Programs.

The Observational Domain explores the ways in which technologies become embodied through observation and how this hybrid vision is framed by disciplines and practices. 

For more on the optical domain check out our chapter in the the book: Innovations in Landscape Architecture

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"The Virtualized Practice" Published in Architectural Record

Virtual reality, or VR, has had many lives. Expensive and clunky, VR, whose goal is creating an immersive spatial experience from data, never gained a foothold outside of academia, the military, or specialized industries. However, in the past few years, VR has reemerged as a way of developing and exploring proposed environments by architects, builders, and clients. 

Leighton Beaman writes on the virtual turn for architectural practice in the Novemeber issue of Architectural Record.  Read more here.

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