"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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"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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"Landformation After the Bifrucation of Nature" @ the University of Michigan

Leighton Beaman Presents the peer-reviewed paper "Landformation After the Bifrucation of Nature: On Speculative Landformations" at the 2016 ACADIA Conference held at the University of Michigan. The paper describes recent work from Beta-field on speculative landformations which build off of research in geomorphology, climate science, and the hybrid authorship human-nonhuman assemblages. 

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“The Well-Tempered City” | Lecture @ the University of Hawaii

“The Well-Tempered City: Health & the Built Environment in Interdisciplinary Design Education,” Joint Fall Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture [ACSA] & Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health [ASPPH] – Building For Health & Well-Being: Structure . Cities . Systems Conference, University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture, Honolulu, Hawaii.


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Platform 8 @ the Van Alen Institute

The Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Platform exhibition, now in its eighth year, presents a curated selection of work generated in the previous academic year at the school. Each year, a different GSD faculty member is chosen to edit the publication for the Platform exhibition.

Join us for a discussion with Zaneta Hong, lecturer in landscape architecture at Harvard GSD, and this year’s Platform faculty editor, for the launch of Platform 8: An Index of Design and Research. Professor Hong will be discussing the publication, as well as the production and exhibition of Platform 8.

For more information visit the Van Alen Institute Website

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"Between Two Terms" | Lecture @ U.C. Berkeley

Designers are often confronted with incongruent pressures, the collection of needs, ideas, circumstances, and methodologies vying for saliency and influence within the design process. As designers grasp to create coherence from these desperate constituents, our modes of exploration, whether in practice, academia or research, are challenged to generate synthesis. Perhaps these constitute pressures need not be dissolved or transformed through the design process, rather they may expose and mark a territory by which each design inquiry finds its own framework for manifestation and actualization.

 Zaneta Hong presents Between Two Terms at the University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday Feb. 24th 2016.

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"Between Two Terms" | Lecture @ the University of Virginia

 Zaneta Hong presents Between Two Terms at the University of Virginia on Wednesday Feb. 11 2016. Between Two Terms examines our recent work in practice, research, and academia through alternative measures that explore the grounds and extents each project. This lecture presents a re-mapping of design work through four sets of terms, not as oppositional concepts seeking resolution, but as guides to finding clarity and agency within the design process.

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Zaneta Hong Presents "Making Platform 8" at Harvard University

Editor Zaneta Hong and the Platform 8 team present "Making Platform 8" at Harvard University this November 13th . Platform 8 chronicles a year of design education and research at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The 8th edition surveys the people, products and discourse surrounding design culture at the GSD, providing a reference for future students, educators and practitioners.

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"Reciprocal Artifacts" @ ACADIA 2015 Conference

Reciprocal Artifacts is a series of design investigations focused on generating topological and material reciprocity between anthropocentric and non-anthropocentric spatial ontologies within a single artifact. Expanding on the role of the artifact as both, indexical of and emergent from the circumstances leading to its formation, this research posits that artifacts are more than a vestigial product of expansive processes at work. They are the means by which relationships between these circumstances and processes find expression. Reciprocity, between multiple agents or systems, is the degree to which each can perturb or irritate the environment of another, eliciting transformative responses and adaptations. Reciprocal artifacts are formed through mutual perturbations that generate integrated and co-evolutionary effects.

The subset of findings presented at the 2015 ACADIA Conference is a collection of artifacts produced through the merging of two divergent physiogenic spatial ontologies: spatial enclosure in the form of three-dimensional boundary/edge conditions, and biological (arboreal) continuities derived from their taxonometric morphologies. The resulting artifacts are not singularly anthropogenic in their formation, definition, and material assembly; nor are they centered, motivated, or evaluated by human experience and human affordance. Rather, these studies ground both anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic forms of creativity in a mutually foreign and equally representational computational environment. They explore questions of how design processes built from both human and nonhuman actors develop agency and expression.

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"Material Practices + Design Representation" | Lecture @ Harvard University, GSD

Material Practices + Design Representation

GSD Talks:  Kiley Fellow Zaneta Hong in conversation with Charles Waldheim

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

Gund Hall, Stubbins

11248 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

November 18, 2014

Designers are paradoxically generalists and specialists. We are trained + practiced in creating organizations and logistics; and across disciplines + manners of practice, investigations can take on many forms. Even though research and design projects can vary greatly in their modality, they are all part of a larger body of work built on the ideas of iterative processes that deal with material information and composite forms of communication.In the open lecture at the Harvard GSD, Zaneta Hong presents past work and introduces her current research, the Landformation Catalogue. The research, funded in part by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts will be an upcoming public exhibition at Harvard in March 2015.

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"Transformations" | Lecture @ the Fogg Art Museum

The Transformation Studio is a collaboration between Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and the History of Art + Architecture Department. As an undergraduate architecture studies concentration, students are presented basic architectural concepts (surface, frame, volume, composite) and techniques used to address issues of form, function, ornament and material. The course provides instruction in project analysis, visualization, communication, and fabrication using both physical and digital modeling and software. The public lecture presented studio work from the last two years with a broad overview of transformational processes, context, program, and material assemblages.

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Beaman, Hong + Sho present the session: "Preemption", at the 2014 Design for Urban Disasters Conference

We will be leading a conference session at the Design for Urban Disasters Conference at Harvard University on May 5, 2014. 


With the advances in both climatological modeling and the computational power to run them, we are becoming better adept at forecasting the effects of climate change on global environmental conditions. The transformations that await our environment are increasingly predictable, quantifiable, visually accessible, and readily available. While this information may allow designers to better understand the impact our disciplines will have on the future state of the world as we continue our current trajectory, its says little about how we can mitigate or reverse this path. Within this quantifiable climate change, where human actions have knowingly and demonstrably altered the patterns and qualities of the world's environment, post-disaster solutions may only serve as an acknowledgement of our political and cultural failure to act. Are designers relegated to focus on preparedness and response, positioning disasters as immanent phenomena, or are there more preemptive approaches? Should designers be preparing for disasters or actively working against their formation?

The etymological origin of preemption is translated as "buy before." This suggests that we have a choice in how and when our intellectual, social, political and financial capital can be directed to address environmental changes. If preemption rather than reaction is a possibility for designers and design thinkers, a number of questions arise.

This Design for Urban Disaster conference session asks architects, landscape architects, urban designers, and industrial designers to present the ways in which they have begun to address climate change as a problem of preemption.


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"Materials As Collections" the Illinois Institute of Technology

Leighton Beaman + Zaneta Hong will be presenting "Materials As Collections" at this year's National Conference on the Beginning Design Student [NCBDS] at the Illinois Institute of Technology.


"From the master/apprentice paradigm of learning building craft to the hallowed halls of formalized education, the historical trajectory of architectural study presents a challenge to integrating materiality within the conception and delineation of the built environment. Today representational tools and techniques are often compromised substitutes for the physicality of architectural works. Consequently, architecture’s pedagogical structures struggle to infuse tactility, material assembly, and making into the representational methodology of design education today."

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"Ground Form" Presented at CELA Conference

Zaneta Hong + Leighton Beaman will be presenting "Ground Form: Simulation and Representation for Landscape Design" at this year's Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture [CELA] in Baltimore, MD on March 27, 2014.

The presentation examines the epidemiological transition from representational focused media and techniques to ones of simulation in the practice of landscape architectural research and production.

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