"Playing Well With Others" opens at the 2019 Seoul Biennale

GA Collaborative has been selected to participate in the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism - Collective City. Our exhibition -”Playing Well With Others” - is composed of diagrams, drawings and films, and explores our approach to working collaboratively with developing communities around the world. The exhibit focuses on four projects in Rwanda, a country we have been working in since 2009. The exhibition will run from Sept 07th - November 10th. More info can be found at the Seoul Biennale Website

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“Pliant Bodies” opens at the University of Virginia

“Pliant Bodies” is a series of constructions that examine resilient and materially co-mingled structures produced during the Pliant Bodies research seminar at the University of Virginia’s School of architecture. Combining computational design and simulation methods with materials assemblies research, this series of constructions produced by students at UVA seeks to generate structure, enclosure, form, and effect simultaneously through the careful engineering and composition of layered, woven, laminated and other techniques that create spacial bodies. The installation opens on Thursday, May 9th @ 5pm

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"This House Is Made Of Talk" Opens in Rome

Jessie Marino & Leighton Beaman’ s Performance/Installation, “This House Is Made Up Of Talk” opens, February 21st as part of the Cinque Mostre Exhibition at the American Academy in Rome.

The relationship between score and performance / instruction and execution is one that is fundamental to both musical and architectural production. Each disciplines relies on the involvement and entanglement of others for creation. Any work produced within these two fields has already enfolded both modes of existence.  The incompleteness, misalignments and incongruities inherent in this duality provide a space for exploration, a place to dissolve the hierarchy and linearity of this relationship into an event. this house is made up of talk  is an experimental mini-drama that engages the spatial, rhythmic, and temporal disillusionment of notation and materialization within the event of their creation. Both occur simultaneously and anew with each iteration and as others are asked to navigate the auditory, visual, and environmental dimensions of the piece.

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"Some Loss Is Inevitable" @ Cinque Mostre 2019

In Translation: Some Loss Is Inevitable, will be on display at the 2019 Cinque Mostre Exhibition at the American Academy in Rome. The collection of artifacts on display is a collaboration between Joannie Bottkol, Allison Emmerson, Karyn Olivier, and Zaneta Hong. Glass unguentaria (perfume bottles) were among the most popular Roman grave gifts. In some cases, mourners poured perfume over the body, then broke the bottles on the ground. In others, the bottles and their contents were deposited whole in the tomb. Perfume was valuable and luxurious, an excellent gift to honor the dead, but its strong scent also helped to mask the very human smells of death, while elevating ritual proceedings beyond the everyday. For this installation, five glass perfume bottles from the AAR Archaeological Study Collection were reinterpreted into six materials—beeswax, dirt, hair, plaster, paper pulp, and resin. These materials were selected for their corporeal ties to the human body and in their traditions of use in conservation, archaeology and construction.

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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