Posts filed under ‘Talks’
What is a “creative hub”? And what are the necessary factors to make them happen? Certainly, they don’t come out of nowhere, or do they? If not, what factors are of key importance? One or several of these factors play a role: business opportunities, real estate, cultural life, security, access to capital, know-how and universities, and, perhaps, politics. Why do some cities succeed? And why do some creative hubs fade away? And which role does the digital economy play, if any?
Presenting “Times Square Electronic Garden” at the Stories of the Anthropocene Festival, October 26, 4:30pm, at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
The “Times Square Electronic Garden” project initiated a conversation about climate change, energy use and green urban spaces. Designed and fabricated by New York University students, this earth bomb featured speakers and live sensors among the plants that connected to our URL. The idea was to “re-nature” Times Square so that the public can contemplate new natures within our cities. We invited people to explore soothing living vegetative surfaces and recognize the stark contrast of their hyper-electrified surroundings. The students designed and built an open central sphere for visitors to circulate through so that they could encounter a microcosm of hanging gardens. Around the sphere we created a greenscape of serpentine living benches for rest, gathering, and contemplation. The whole project, start-to-finish, was erected and removed in a 24 hour period on May 10th, 2016. It was a place to reimagine Times Square’s consumer culture into a truly sumptuous environmental future.
Co-Principal Investigators: Mitchell Joachim, Louise Harpman, Peder Anker. Film Media: Keith Miller. NYU ITP: Namira Abdulgani, Kylin Chen, Ella Dagan, Jordan Frand, Michelle Hessel, Renata Kuba, Gal Nissim, Isabel Paez, Tigran Paravyan, Lutfiadi Rahmanto, Leslie Ruckman, Abhishek Singh, Edson Soares, Katie Temrowski, Jed Watson, Yan Zhao, Yang Zhao. NYU Gallatin: Theo Mandin-Lee, Jordan Marks, Max Mezzomo, Valerie Mu, Shel Orock, Alex Selz, Henry Wang. NYU Staff: Karim Ahmed, Jenny Kijowski, Nicholas P Likos, Lillian J Warner, Matthew Tarpley, Shandor Hassan, Shai Pelled.
Me (as Niel Armstrong) at 14:05
The image of Earth from outer space was highly anticipated throughout the 1960s, and inspired a great deal of wonder in the general population. This iconic image reached the apex of its symbolism in 1968, through the famous Earthrise series taken by Apollo 8. Portraying mankind entrapped in the finite space of a sphere, the image of Earth as perceived from space may be accountable, in part, for a feeling of anxiety in our collective cultural imagination. It resulted in the development of broad literature that projected plans for our future survival within what Buckminster Fuller famously called our ‘spaceship earth’. Reyner Banham, with an environmental bubble; Hans Hollein, with a pill illustrating that “all is architecture”; Jacques Cousteau, with the Conshelf project that explored the inner space of the ocean; and Walt Disney, with EPCOT as a reconstruction of a miniaturized and idealized world, among others, have contributed substantially and in various ways to the discourse of closed worlds.
Feb 27th 12-6 pm, The Cooper Union. Encounters That Never Happened is presented in conjunction with Closed Worlds, an exhibition on view at Storefront for Art and Architecture.
ENVISION: Nature and Design, sponsored by Global Design NYU, creates an exciting dialogue with many disparate and active researchers within the Gallatin community, as we look to broaden the horizons on the meanings of Nature and Design.
The event is a structured presentation format where presenters show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically to coordinate with the speaker, creating a fast-paced and lively environment for showcasing current work. Powered by PechaKucha.
With Jack Richards, Jack Tchen, Katherine O’Kelly, Carly A Krakow, Matt Stanley, Marie Cruz Soto, Lauren M Walsh, Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Fran White, Leila Buck, Judith Sloan, Piper Anderson, Frederic Clark, Carter Bird, and Karen Holmberg. Organized by Peder Anker, Mitchell Joachim and Louise Harpman.
An Environmental History of Ancient Trees, Wood at Work, Bronx Zoo, October 30 2015.
A History of Environmental Designs
Dumbarton Oaks, Garden and Landscape Studies, Sept 29., 2015.
“A Global History of Ecology in Norway”
Department of History of Science Seminar, Harvard University, April 29 2014.
Department of Archeology, Conservation and History, Workshop, University of Oslo, June 18 2015.
College of the Art and Sciences: History, University of Kentucky, March 8 2016.