Building Life Workshop

Building Life Workshop

Co-presented by the Humanities Council and Princeton University School of Architecture

Princeton University students, faculty and staff, please join us. This event is open to all PU ID holders. 


Papers and projects by former participants of the Building Life and Non/Human seminars taught in the School of Architecture from 2016 to 2021.  



Friday, November 3, 10am to 6pm

School of Architecture, Betts Auditorium

Princeton University


Doors open at 9:30am

Coffee at the SoA Gallery


Welcome / Opening remarks

10:00am to 10:10am

Spyros Papapetros (Princeton, SoA)


Panel 1: Fielding

10:05am – 11:20am

Nancy Ai Backyard Science: Borrowing Domestic Methods of Containment

Ruo Jia (Pratt Institute) Water Life/Condition: Forgetting and Forming

Ryan Roark (IIT, Chicago) Building with Shellfish and Algae: Curtains for Crown Hall

Response by Lydia Kallipoliti (Cooper Union/Princeton, SoA)



Panel 2: Exhibiting/Modelling

11:20pm – 1:00pm

Diana Cristobal-Olave (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Architecture) Walk-in Cells and Blinking Brains: Architecture Techniques for Biological Research

Lluís Casanovas-Blanco (Reina Sofia Art Museum, Madrid) Peripheral Vision: José Val del Omar and the Laboratorio de Biocibernética de Madrid

Xhulio Binjaku (Princeton, SoA) Building Island Biogeography

Patrick Jaojoco (Princeton, SoA) Models for Globalization in the Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples

Response by Sophia Roosth (NYU, Gallatin)


Lunch Break 1:00pm to 1:40pm


Panel 3: Instituting

1:40pm – 3:00pm

Anna Renken (U. Toronto, Architecture) From “Natural Objects” to Environmental Systems: Transformations of the Design Laboratory

Tairan An (Princeton, SoA) The Biological Education of Liang Sicheng

Maxwell Holmes-Smith (Princeton, SoA) Dredging Darkness: Nature and the Bathysphere at the New York Zoological Society.

Response by Ed Eigen (Harvard, GSD)


Panel 4: Un/Wildling

3:10pm – 4:30pm

Jocelyn Beausire (Princeton, SoA) Decay and Disruption: The Reterritorializing Potential of Museological Dust

Jessica H. Ngan (Columbia, GSAAP/Princeton) Where Species Meet: Agricultural Encounters at Domino’s Farm

Rami Kanafani (U. Penn, Architecture) The Green Line’s Organisms: Human-Plant Relations in War-Torn Beirut

Response by Rachel Price (Princeton, Spanish & Portuguese)


Panel 5: Projecting

4:35pm – 5:55pm

José Ibarra (U. Colorado, Denver, Architecture) Thinking with Non-Life: Process, Accident, and Deep Time


Joon Ma (one-aftr, Seoul) Practice, Observing Fields

Response by Sylvia Lavin (Princeton, SoA)