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Ultrastructures - demonstrating micro-processes at the macro-scale

At Princeton University School of Architecture and Embodied Computation Lab



PART 1, ARCHTECTURAL LABORATORY (See map below or visit Google maps for full screen).

11:00-12:00 – Lunch
12:00-12:20 – Forrest Meggers and Hongshan Guo / Welcome to Ultrastructures
12:20-12:40 – Daniel Barber / Conceptual Architecture of Victor and Aladar Olgyay’s Thermoheliodon, c. 1957
12:40-1:10 – Axel Kilian and Kaicong Wu / Embodied Computation
1:10-1:30 – Ryan Johns / Augmented Materiality
1:30-2:00 – Panel Discussion:
Bill Braham, Daniel Barber, David Benjamin, Axel Kilian, Ryan Johns 
Past and Future of Arch lab moderated by Meggers

PART 2, BETTS AUDITORIUM, School of Architecture

2:30-2:50 – Andrés Jaque / Cosmo
2:50-3:10 – Sheila Kennedy / Carbon Hacks: THICK/THIN
3:10-3:30 – David Benjamin / Designed to Disappear
3:50-4:10 – Kiel Moe / Order of Magnitude
4:10-4:30 – Salmaan Craig / Geometrically Activated Thermal Mass
4:30-4:50 – Jonathan Grinham / Nano, Micro, Macro at Work
4:50-5:10 – Dorit Aviv / Cooling Oculi
5:10-5:40 – Closing Discussion and Exhibition View

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William W. Braham FAIA is a late addition, but very much welcomed, as Professor of Architecture at UPenn he directs both the Master of Environmental Building Design and also the TC Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies. He authered several books including one hot off the presses this month: Architecture and Systems Ecology: Thermodynamic Principles of Environmental Building Design, in three parts.

Daniel Barber is faculty at UPenn Architecture and this year visting Princeton this year as a fellow at PEI, focusing on history of technology and architecture and is an expert on the Olgyay twins who did research at Princeton in the 50's (at the Arch Lab).

David Benjamin is head of The Living practice who are doing the new design for the renovated arch lab, and he teaches at Columbia. He built and will be presenting the Hy-fi that was at MoMA PS1 last year.

Andrés Jaque taught studio at Princeton last year so we are famliar with his great projects and intellect at Office for Political Innovation. He will be discussing COSMO, his PS1 project.

Sheila Kennedy is professor of practice at MIT, and principle at KVA where she directs the MATx research team and lectures and teaching extensively on novel use of materials.

Kiel Moe is associate professor at Harvard GSD, and the author of several books, all bridgning important technical and environmental concepts into architecture. His most recent, Insulating Modernism is does a good job of dissecting standard design tropes

Salmaan Craig is Lecturer in Environmental Technology at Harvard GSD, and works in conjunctions with researchers at the famous Harvard Wyss Institute to bridge new science and ideas into architecture.

Jonathan Grinham is a designer of numerous computational and energy systems and is working with Salmaan Craig on is Doctorate studying the breathing wall system outlined in the final chapter of Kiel Moe's most recent book.


Conference: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Exhibition: September 14 - October 2

Curated by: Forrest Meggers, Axel Kilian and Dorit Aviv
Supported by: Tides Foundation, Princeton University School of Architecture, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and the C.H.A.O.S. Lab

Events include:

  • Demonstrations of the full scale Thermoheliodome and Cool Oculus pavilion research projects
  • Celebration of the start of renovation of the Architectural Laboratory into the new Embodied Computation Lab
  • Panel discussions on prototype and research development at Princeton
  • Invited presentations by Andres Jacque, David Benjamin, Kiel Moe, Salmaan Craig, Daniel Barber and others.
  • Responses and contributions from Princeton faculty from both Architecture and Engineering
  • Reports from the CHAOS summer research team projects including