Contemporary architecture has been radically transformed both by the development of new construction materials and methods, as well as the incorporation of different creative forms, especially those traditionally from the discipline of design. At the same time, designers have moved beyond working exclusively in 2-D environments, in order to craft experiences that are both visually and cognitively engaging within lived architectural environments. An example of this can be found with the recent work of Bruce Mau, who has been charged with the re-design of the urban and social environment of Sudbury, Canada, as well as in the case of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, who beyond the conceptualization of architectural shells for buildings, have created spaces that complement the experience of the individual as he or she passes through the space, such as with the successful High Line Park in New York City. This panel will, then, ask: what can designers learn from architects and architects learn from designers? What new filters on the world, as conceived by design, can be applied to architecture or even to design itself? What prospects do we see for new architectural or experiential forms, as the materials that are used to render these forms are constantly advancing?
Mr. Phillip Anzalone is the Director of the Laboratory for Applied Building Science at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University. His lab focuses on the application of science and technology to architectural design problems in research areas such as advanced materials, automated manufacturing and construction, computational workflow and innovative building systems.
As Director, he leads research and curriculum related to the research groups at the Lab, teaches core graduate courses in architectural technology, as well as provides consulting for numerous creative constructed projects at the School and with industry partners. He has participated in research grants for the DOE, NSF and NYSERDA, has lead collaborative research through sponsored funding with industry, participated in multidisciplinary research projects at Columbia University, chaired a series of international think-tanks of the future of the building industry, and holds patents on advanced building manufacturing and construction systems.
His recent work has been published in numerous books on advanced manufacturing and construction, as well as peer-review journals such as Domus, Shinkenchiku, [compasses] architecture & design, ArchitectureWeek, ACADIA, Oculus, ACSA and the International Journal of Architectural Computing. His work has been exhibited at Festival des Architectures Vives, the AIA-NY Center for Architecture, El Museo del Traje, Torino World Design Capital and Turku European Capital of Culture, as well as academic institutions such as Columbia University, the University of Tokyo, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, USC and the Academy of Fine Arts at Vienna.
In parallel with and supporting his teaching experiments, Phillip is a practicing Architect and a founding partner of Atelier Architecture 64 (aa64) along with Stephanie Bayard. Based in Brooklyn, aa64 is an architectural firm specializing in the design and production of projects involving integration of traditional and advanced materials and processes, with built projects in the North America, Europe and Asia. His practice focuses on how new materials and technology can enable architectural design through innovative practice with projects ranging from residential and commercial work, through installations and pavilions, to furniture and architectural objects. AA64 is involved in the design as well as the construction of projects, utilizing contemporary methods of fabrication and assembly.
He holds a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University and B.P.S. Architecture from SUNY Buffalo, with a minor in Business Administration, with past experience as a building envelope consultant for R. A. Heintges & Associates, as an architectural designer with Greg Lynn Form.
A former New York Times art critic, Genocchio began his career in art journalism in his native Australia, writing for Business Review Weekly. He later wrote art criticism for The Bulletin, a weekly current affairs magazine and the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper before being appointed as an art critic forTheAustralian,Australia's national daily newspaper.He later became the paper's chief art critic.
He holds a Ph.D. in art history and is the author and editor of six books on art and artists. In early 2010, he left The Times to take up his post at Louise Blouin Media, where he oversees the expansion of the editorial content of ARTINFO.com, Modern Painters, and Art + Auction.
Anne Guiney is the Executive Director of the Institute for Urban Design, where she developed the innovative crowd sourced design project "By the City / For the City." This effort connected New Yorkers and their intimate knowledge of their neighborhoods with the problem-solving and imaginative abilities of architects and urban designers, and resulted in the book By the City / For the City: An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York. Prior to this, she was the editor of the New York edition of The Architect's Newspaper, and was part of the original team that launched the newspaper in 2003. Ms. Guiney has also served as an editor at Architecture magazine and Metropolis, and has written widely on architecture and design for other publications, including Architect, ID, and Details.
Ms. Gisue Hariri is the founder and creative principal of Hariri & Hariri -Architecture, a New York-based multi-disciplinary architecture & design firm established in 1986 by Iranian-born Cornell-educated sisters Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri.
Hariri & Hariri was described by Dwell Magazine as one of the most progressive and out-of-the-box architecture firms currently working in the United States. Their projects run the gamut from luxury apartments and hotels to bathroom accessories to single-family houses to high-concept, high-tech experiments. For the Hariris, design is a holistic, boundaryless enterprise. "Some firms do mostly residential or mostly hospitality," says Gisue. "We never bought into the ideology of breaking down design into small parts."
For over 25 years, they have focused on a holistic approach to design ranging from master-planning and architecture - to interior design, furniture, lighting, product design and jewelry. The firm's approach is rooted in a firm belief that design is fundamental to improving quality of life and with an integrated, unified approach architecture can become a total work of art. Their fascination with organic forms and faceted geometry of rocks, crystals and geological formations has resulted in a series of award winning architectural projects, product, lighting, furniture and a jewelry line.
The firm's work with leading international corporations, developers, fashion labels, along with cultural, institutional and high profile private clients demonstrates the firm's multi-faceted practice. Celebrated projects include the winning master-plan for the St. Marks Coptic Canadian Village; a landmark mixed-use development under construction near the historic center of Salzburg, Austria; Swarovski 'Crystal Palace Collection' chandelier, an acclaimed 'Kryptonite' couture jewelry collection; and the recent BEST OF YEAR 'Crystalline' bath collection for AFNY. Among the firm's many Awards are the "Academy Award" for Architecture from American Academy of Arts and Letters, Induction to Design Hall of Fame, and Architectural Digest NEW AD100, selected as one of today's greatest talents in Architecture & Design.
Ms. Hariri has devoted time to teaching since 1987, to emphasize the importance of Academic and Philosophical discourse within the context of a professional practice. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University, a Visiting Critic at Cornell University, Mc Gill and Parsons School of Design.
She has been sought out by many prestigious institutions and publications to serve on jury panels for their annual awards such as; SOM Foundation Award, AIA Design Awards, and ID Annual Design Awards. She has lectured on the work of Hariri & Hariri extensively at variety of institutions and architectural schools, notably Getty Center, Berkeley Art Museum, and Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, UCLA, SCI ARC, Syracuse, Rice University.
Mickey McManus is president, CEO, and principal of MAYA Design, a technology design and innovation lab that tames complexity through human-centered design.
In 2005, Mickey spearheaded the launch of MAYA's Pervasive Computing practice to help companies kick-start innovation around business challenges in a vastly connected world, where even now computing devices outnumber people. To maximize such opportunities for innovation, he leads a team of cognitive psychologists, ethnographers, computer scientists, mathematicians, visual and industrial designers, game designers, architects, and filmmakers. This interdisciplinary team collaborates to design products, services, and environments for people in a trillion-node world—a world whose scale and complexity will dwarf that of today's Internet. Mickey and his team work with a wide range of clients—from Fortune 500 global companies to foundations, government organizations, and startups.
To explore the ramifications of a trillion networked nodes, including this network's potential impact on individuals and businesses, Mickey co-authored Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology, published by John Wiley & Sons. The book is a field guide to the future, where computing will cease to be confined to any particular "box," but instead be freely accessible in the ambient environment.
Charles Renfro is a partner at Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, which Fast Company has called the most innovative design practice in the profession and one of the fifty most innovative companies in the world. Renfro is on the faculty of Columbia University.