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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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"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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TEAME Wins the Providence Preservation Society Headquarters Renovation Project

TEAME wins the Providence Preservation Society Headquarters Renovation Project. The Competition combines RISD students and faculty in a five day charette that examines renovation of the PPS's historic headquarters buildings. The project will be on display  at the Providence Preservation Society's Symposium Why Preserve? in the Industrial Trust Building, 111 Westminster Street, November 3rd & 4th. 

TEAME:

Students: Xunqi Shen, Madison Kim, Minhee Kim, Gloria Ramirez, Shuchen Peng, Peihan Wang, Mariah Bennett , Danning Niu

faculty: Michael Leighton Beaman

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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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"Documenting Landscapes" | Exhibition @ the Fogg Art Museum

Zaneta Hong curated a collection of photographs from the Harvard Universities photography collection which examine the ways scientific instrumentation records its environment.  The collection is part of her course of visualization and landscape architecture taught at the Graduate School of Design.

VIS 2141: Landscape Representation I introduces students to the history, techniques, and conventions of representation used in the field of landscape architecture. Rather than a static description of a design agenda, landscape representation is an active means for building and understanding complexity in design work. 

For more information visit the Fogg Art Museum at http://www.harvardartmuseums.org

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Material Vocabularies | ii Journal Vol. 4

ii Journal vol. 4: 'Material Vocabularies' is now available at Amazon. 


Editors: Gregory Marinic + Ziad Qureshi

Contemporary architects and designers manipulate materials into increasingly complex spatial conditions–engaging their inherent behaviors, performative capacities, cultural identities, and modular constraints as generative opportunities. Central to this emerging dialogue, a tendency to resist formal biases acknowledges the agency of materials in the conceptual design process. Smooth, rough, porous, or impermeable, materials expand the parameters of what we understand as surface in the production of interior architecture, spatial installations, furniture, fashion, and media.

This issue endeavors to reveal hybridized agencies, methodologies, and pedagogies in design education, scholarship, research, and practice revealing a global paradigm shift in the role of materials in the design process. ii invites trans-disciplinary research and collaborations that include, but are not limited to, architecture, interiors, industrial design, fashion, furniture, film, performance, sociology, cultural studies, and the arts.

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Autodesk's Live 360 | Review In Architecture Record

I recently reviewed AutoDesk's new VR cloud service LIVE. For the full review check out Architectural Record. Here is an excerpt:

Last week, Autodesk released Autodesk LIVE, a new cloud-based visualization service. It quickly transforms a building information model (BIM) into an interactive, rendered, 3D environment that can be navigated in real-time. Amar Hanspal, Autodesk Senior Vice President, describes LIVE as “dynamic visualization” because it allows designers, collaborators and clients to move through digital models as they choose and it creates these immersive experiences without long lead times.

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"Manufacturing Resonance" published in Innovations in Landscape Architecture

Manufacturing Resonance explores the productive discontinuities between representational systems in design and the exhaustively complex conditions they seek to affect. Through  human-nonhuman hybrid observers that attempt to manufacture greater observational scope and fidelity this chapter examines who and what is doing the observing and the implications on representational systems that operate beyond human access.

Innovations in Landscape Architecture is available here.

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"Reciprocal Artifacts" published in Computational Ecologies

"Computational Ecologies" The Exhibition  Exhibition Catalog of the 35th Annual Conference of the 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA). Reciprocal Artifacts an exhibition of on-going research from Beta-field + an exhibition installation which expands this initial research to anthropometric spatial datums, is featured in the book. 

Its available here.

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"Speculative Landforms" Awarded RISD Research Grant

The Speculative Landforms Project (SLP) is part of an on-going cross-disciplinary design/research agenda that examines the ontologies of future anthropogenic land forms.

Human beings already operate as geomorphic agents, directly reshaping the surface of the Earth to provide capacities not currently or adequately available. The Speculative Landforms Project treats this activity as a design problems by expanding the operability and agency of environmental design practice via historical inquiry, simulation, and representation

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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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Leighton Beaman awarded 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellowship

Leighton Beaman was named a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow.  The residency will focus on the Speculative Landforms Project (SLP). SLP examines the future of anthropogentric geological scale land manipulation as a design problems by expanding the operability and agency of environmental design practice via historical inquiry, simulation, and representation.

 

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Platform 8 Exhibition @ Harvard University, GSD

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.

Project Credits

Faculty Editor & Lecturer in Landscape Architecture: Zaneta H. Hong.

Exhibition Student Designers: Daniel Carlson, Ambrose Luk, Nina Phinouwong, and Vipavee Sirivatanaaksorn.

GSD Exhibitions Team: Dan Borelli, Raymond Coffey, Anita Kan, Sarah Lubin, Jesus Matheus, Matt Murphy, Joanna Vouriotis, Liz Welch, and David W. Zimmerman-Stuart. 

Exhibition Design & Fabrication: Michael Leighton Beaman and Reid Schwartz. 

Publication Design: Zaneta Hong, Michael Leighton Beaman, Alexander Louis Cassini, Mikhail Thomas Grinwald, and Vi Vu. 

Publication Student Editors: Alexander Louis Cassini, Mikhail Thomas Grinwald, and Vi Vu. 

GSD Communications Team: Travis Dagenais, Maggie Janik, Benjamin Prosky, and Ronee Saroff.

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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Leighton Beaman receives PTFA Design Technology Grant

Leighton Beaman was selected for a PTFA Design Technology Grant for the Object-Oriented Ergonomics Research Project (OOE).  

The OOE project examines changing definitions of ergonomics within post-humanist design theory, through the simulation and production of alternative biogenic human forms. Mirroring conceptual approaches in the emerging theoretical school of speculative realism, the OOE project re-focuses ergonomic design research away from anthropocentrism and towards understanding the relationships between autonomies  and environments.

The OOE project is the first step in applying this theoretical approach to modes of design practice. 

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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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