Archive for November 2009
Brent Sherwood Lecture December 3, 2009 Lichthof 2
Brent Sherwood "Orbital Cities"
December 3, 7pm
Over the next centuries, humans will begin settling space as they have settled every continent on Earth. Enough is known already about the space environment, the evolution of space technologies, and how humans live socially, to begin forecasting design principles for urban-scale infrastructure in Earth orbit. Most of the lecture is the progressive derivation of an integrated set of these principles. The principles can be used as a starting point for developing an infinite variety of valid design concepts.
Brent Sherwood is a space architect from the Los Angeles area. He is
manager of Strategic Planning and Project Formulation at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Formerly he was at the Boeing Company
developing engineering concepts for human planetary exploration;
manufacturing methods for the International Space Station; and
various commercial space opportunities. He has published extensively on topics related to the exploration and development of space, including the 2009 book Out of This World: The New Field of Space Architecture.
Upcoming Sliver Events 2009/10
09.01.10, 2pm Hans Ulrich Obrist, Curator, London
14.01.10, 7pm Sanford Kwinter, Theorist, Boston
Florencia Pita Lecture November 26, 2009 Lichthof 2
"...oh so pretty"
Candy colored, embellished and fragrant, extremely artificial yet somehow graceful, that is the cunnings of prettiness. The fantasy of the pretty is the fairytale, where stories are implausible but rather amusing, a speculative fiction of the enchanted instead of the scientific. The design imaginary of the pretty unveils the uncanny nature of its tactics, rigorous and laborious they tend towards delight but they encounter amicable joy, neither gloom nor ecstasy, just play.
EXCESSIVE Midterm Review November 25, 2009 Heumarkt
Midreview Studio Prix, Nov 27th, 1pm
Pop Music Center Taipei
Guests: Klaus Bollinger, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Andrea Graser
Mark Lee Lecture November 24, 2009 Lichthof 2
"Too Dumb for New York, Too Ugly for LA"
Mark Lee is principal of Los Angeles-based Johnston Marklee & Associates. He has taught at the ETH in Zurich, UCLA, and currently holds a guest professorship at the Technical University Berlin.
Johnston Marklee's portfolio is distinguished by its conceptual approach to each project, distilling its complexity into coherent , singular solutions. While maintaining a deep commitment to architecture history and the discipline's ongoing discourse, the firm's creative process accomodates the influence of collaborations beyond those typical to architecture. The firm's portfolio includes residential, commercial, and institutional projects in the United States and abroad.
Mark Lee's academic research is based on the critical reassessments of architectural and urban design history, developing theories on the urban development and housing at border cities and culture-specific topological landscapes.