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 WebsiteRead More
“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 @ 5pmRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Join us for an open studio presentation of recent research at the American Academy in Rome on Monday January 28th @ 6pm. We will be exhibiting a collection of investigations of marble and it’s material ecology from the Carrara/Massa region of Tuscany, Italy. American Academy in Rome: Via Angelo Masina 5, 00153, Roma ITALIARead More
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.Read More
Leighton Beaman rambles through an explanation of his approach to design practice and research through the mode of “Collections” & “Series” in the generation and development of spaces, objects, processes, and procedures. Join us at the American Academy in Rome, starting at 6:00pm / 18:00.
Via Angelo Masina, 5, 00153 Roma RM , ItalyRead More
Leighton Beaman was named a 2018/2019 Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. His Design Research project there will focus on material affects through transmogrification techniques in Architecture and sculpture.Read More
Zaneta Hong was named a 2018 MacDowell Fellow. Her work will investigate the representation of material affects and systems through mappings, information graphics and a series of drawings that explore material visualization across scales.Read More
Zaneta was named the Garden Club of America Rome Prize winner for 2018. Her project “Material Traceability” will examine the various systems at play made it possible for Marble to become the key material of Rome and it’s subsequent value in the built environment around the world.Read More
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.Read More
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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Lumina Pavilion opens October 6th at the University of Virginia. The Pavilion is a product of a design and fabrication course taught by UVA faculty Michael Leighton Beaman & Melissa Goldman and Andrew Kudless of Matsys and the California College of Arts.Read More
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.
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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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
ShopBox, a light assembly workshop & studio for an artist living and working in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains, was awarded a 2017 AIA Unbuilt Merit Award.Read More
Leighton Beaman presents recent work at the University of Cincinnati on Friday March 10th. The Lecture entitles “Alterities” examines our relationships with others through the lens of design instruction, research and practice.Read More
“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