Here’s a very cool event you should not miss if you’re in New York this March or April: Pratt Manhattan Gallery will present â€œEnvelopes,â€ an exhibition that will explore new and sustainable potentials of the architectural surface in terms of the skin of a building and also as a sensorial space that envelops the body.
Envelopes Exhibition at Pratt Manhattan Gallery: Weathers
â€œEnvelopesâ€ will feature full-scale, interactive models accompanied by architectural renderings in the form of drawings and computer animations, and documentation of the process of investigation into these models from eight international firms and designers. The exhibition will run from March 5 through May 5, 2010 and will be celebrated with an opening reception on Thursday, March 4 from 6â€“8 PM. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.
Envelopes Exhibition: Weathers
â€œEnvelopesâ€ is guest curated by Christopher Hight, an associate professor at Rice Universityâ€™s School of Architecture. Hightâ€™s inspiration for the exhibition title and concept originated from parallels between the envelope of a building and the envelope of human skin; the building envelope repeats the metaphor of the building as a body and as a prosthetic second skin that allows human beings to exist within a hostile environment. Inspired by early 20th century biologist Jacob von UexkÃ¼ll and his interest in how living beings relate to and perceive their environment, the title of the show refers to the role of the building envelope and the idea of envelopment of oneâ€™s body and senses within a larger environment.
Envelopes Exhibition: servo
â€œIssues of sustainability and ecology raise many conceptual and design issues about the nature of the boundary between body, building, and larger environments,â€ said Hight. â€œThe architects in â€˜Envelopesâ€™ are all exploring relationships between systemsâ€”human, animal, plant, and energy flowâ€”as a site for architectural innovation in the 21st century,â€ he added.
Envelopes Exhibition: Hensel
Hight pursues design research on the nexus of landscape, ecology, and emerging forms of urbanization. He is co-editor of AD: Collective Intelligence in Design (Academy Press, 2006), Heterogeneous Space (Wiley, 2009), and has recently published a book on cybernetics, post-humanism, formalism, and post-World War II architectural design, titled Architectural Principles in the Age of Cybernetics (Routledge, 2008).
Envelopes Exhibition: Philippe Rahm
Participating architects and architecture firms include:
- !ndie Architecture, a Denver-based firm that engages in a range of architectural and urban questions through research projects and practice, with a specialization in digital and industrial technology, housing, and suburbanism
- HouMinn Practice, a Houston and Minneapolis-based firm recognized for its research and innovative design whose collaborative efforts reach beyond the discipline of architecture
- Mary Ellen Carrollâ€”MEC design studios, a New York-based conceptual artist, with Kevin Topek of Permaculture Design, LLC; and Carlise Vandervoort
- Michael U. Hensel and Defne SunguroÄŸlu Hensel are research directors and board members at OCEAN Design Research, an international, interdisciplinary, and independent research firm that conducts research by design in the intersection of architecture, design, music, and science with the goal of improving the current built environment and anthropobiosphere
- Nataly Gattegno and Jason Kelly Johnson are founding design partners of Future Cities Lab, an interdisciplinary design and research collaborative bridging architecture and landscape urbanism with material sciences, robotics, and engineering
- Philippe Rahm, an architect who practices out of Paris and Lausanne and focuses on â€œmeterologicalâ€ architecture
- Tobias Emilsson, Jonah Fritzell, Marcelyn Gow, Ulrika Karlsson, and Chris Perry of servo, an international research and design collaborative that focuses on the development of architectural environments through the proliferation of electronic and digital equipment and interfaces
- Weathers, a Chicago-based environmental design office that studies social, spatial, and organizational structures and their implications to lifestyle and environment.
â€œEnvelopesâ€ is made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.
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