Going Viral I: Blurred borders (May 21st, 2012)

The AIANY Global Dialogues Committee has dedicated 2012 to “uncovered connections” with the intention to investigate issues that are similarly impacting multiple regions, cultures and individuals. Going Viral explores the impact that social media, technology and device culture are having on our design process, and ultimately the way we practice. How do we shape a global conversation? How are we changing the relationships between academia and the profession? What is the impact of hyper information sharing and critique? Throughout the evening, the topics of communication, research, collaboration, and data distribution will be addressed and debated.
Bjarke Ingels of BIG, Toru Hasegawa of Morpholio and Columbia University, Carlo Aiello of eVolo, and David Basulto with David Assael of ArchDaily will come together for a lecture and panel discussion moderated by Ned Cramer, editor-in-chief of Architect. In addition, selected game changing blogs and websites will be exhibited as Voices Going Viral on the evening of the event.
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Moderator: Ned Cramer, editor-in-chief, Architect
Bjarke Ingels, Denmark: Founder, BIG
Topic: Communication
Question: How can we re-shape the discussion?
Bjarke Ingels started BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in 2006 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Bjarke has created an international reputation as a member of a new generation of architects that combine shrewd analysis, playful experimentation, social responsibility, and humor. Located in over 10 different countries, BIG’s projects have received numerous distinctions including two World Architecture Festival Awards, an AIA National Honor Award and a ULI Excellence Award. Additionally, Bjarke has personally been designated as Wall Street Journal’s Innovator of the Year, selected as one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, and received the Royal Danish Culture Prize. In addition to his architectural practice, Bjarke has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia University, where he has often integrated architecture and business programs. He also co-founded KiBiSi, one of Scandinavia’s leading product design and branding companies.

Toru Hasegawa, Japan: Co-creator, Morpholio; Co-director, Cloud Lab Columbia University GSAPP
Topic: Research
Question: How should the relationship between academia and the profession evolve?
Toru Hasegawa has focused on teaching, research and architecture in New York City and Tokyo since 2006. Toru is currently a Co-director of Columbia GSAPP’s Cloud Lab and a Co-creator of The Morpholio Project, researching the ways in which the proliferation of device culture, the development of the cloud, and the ubiquity of social networking, are collectively shaping the creative process. Toru is also an adjunct assistant faculty member at the Columbia University GSAPP where he teaches advanced design studios and seminars on building construction technology and spatial computing. In addition, along with Mark Collins, Toru is a Co-founder of Proxy which explores potentials within the computational paradigm for a range of clients and institutions, providing expertise in both design and realization. Morpholio seeks to create a new platform for presentation, dialogue, and collaboration relevant to all designers, artists and members of any image driven culture advancing the ways that we discuss, debate, and critique our work with a global community.
Carlo Aiello, Mexico: Editor-in-Chief, eVolo
Topic: Collaboration
Question: How are we creating new multidisciplinary platforms for collaborative processes?
Carlo Aiello is editor-in-chief and Creative Director of Evolo Magazine. Carlo graduated from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University. After collaborating with Asymptote Architecture and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, he established eVolo Magazine in 2006. Carlo has also been a professor of Architectural Design at the University of Southern California since 2010.
David Basulto and David Assael, Chile: Co-founders, ArchDaily
Topic: Information distribution
Question: How does the distribution of architectural knowledge shape and improve cities in the era of hyper-urbanization?
David Basulto and David Assael are co-founders of Plataforma Networks and editors of ArchDaily . Their mission is to improve the quality of life for the next three billion people moving into cities over the next 40 years, by providing knowledge, inspiration and tools for architects. Basulto was invited to be part of the jury for the XVII Chile Biennale and coordinator for the Chilean exhibit at the XVII Ecuador Pan-American Biennale.
Organized by: AIANY Global Dialogues Committee


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