Kohn Shnier Architects Lecture
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Room 103, 230 College Street

Since 2000, Carla Juaçaba has developed her independent practice of architecture and research based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her office, Carla Juaçaba Arquiteta, is currently engaged in both public and private projects, focusing on housing and cultural programs. Carla has worked with architect Gisela Magalhães of the Niemeyer’s generation since she was an undergraduate student mostly in the area of exhibitions related to Brazilian native arts and historical museums. During her first year after college, she worked jointly with architect Mario Fraga on the “Atelier House” project.

Sessions
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Room 103, 230 College Street
Following the lecture, audience members are invited to continue the conversation with the speaker in the Graduate Student Lounge, located in the lower level of 230 College Street.

Over the last decade, Ivan Rupnik has engaged the complex context of post-socialist, postwar Croatia, through a series of projects that range from design as research to the research of design. Part of this work has led to two major publications, Project Zagreb: Transition as Condition, Strategy, Practice (Actar, 2007), coauthored with Eve Blau, and A Peripheral Moment: Experiments in Architectural Agency (Actar, 2010), developed through an intensive dialogue with local architects, and part of it has resulted in two ongoing design projects: an urban strategy for the University of Zagreb, developed with Bojan Baletic, Vice Rector for Spatial Planning and Development, and a new multi-sensory public landscape, also in Zagreb, designed in collaboration with Helena Paver Njiric, principle of hpnj+.

B.E.S.T. Lecture
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Room 103, 230 College Street

Is a "Smart Home" really the smart choice? With the introduction of products such as the Nest thermostat, the building industry is trending towards homes that purport to increase convenience, comfort, energy-efficiency and security through automation. Reliance on interconnected and often incompatible gadgetry, however, isn't necessarily the most effective way to accomplish a responsive, responsible, and resilient home. Using a suite of devices that utilize multiple apps to monitor and operate your heating and cooling systems arguably consumes more energy than opening a window or turning on a fan. 

Sessions
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Room 103, 230 College Street
Following the lecture, audience members are invited to continue the conversation with the speaker in the Graduate Student Lounge, located in the lower level of 230 College Street.

This presentation tracks Walmart’s spatial operations — its building efforts, its real estate practices, its management protocols, and its urban investments — to show how the company’s logistical obsessions have implications at all scales: from undermining the stability of architecture while investing it with political capacity; to challenging the inalienable features of locations by focusing on the aspects that connect rather than distinguish them; to blurring the threshold between man and machine in order to create new opportunities for inhabitation. Suggested here are also new manifestations of architecture and urbanism based on the features of logistics itself, including prototypes, loose forms, fungible locations, ambiguous borders, and recombinant territories.

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