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What happens after the exhibition Into the Open is over? How can the issues explored in it be mobilized in contemporary practice?

Friday April 24, 2009, 5-9 PM
Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Avenue, ground floor

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With welcoming remarks by conference coordinator
Laetitia Wolff

And an illustrated introduction/overview by curators
Aaron Levy and Bill Menking

Featured Speakers:
Teddy Cruz, Deborah Gans, Laura Kurgan, Rick Lowe

The curators will pose the following questions to the guest speakers, who have 20 minutes to present. Informal conversation with the public to follow, mediated by 3-4 agents provocateurs from the faculty of Parsons the New School:


What's the politics of displaying architecture? How can we actualize the ideas presented in the exhibit, beyond the space and time of the exhibit?

Speaker: Rick Lowe

Agents provocateurs: Alfred Zollinger, Susan Yelavich, Lydia Matthews, Ken Saylor, and Bob Rubin


Should the architect define the program or should it be the community's responsibility?

Speaker: Teddy Cruz

Agents provocateurs: Jean Gardner, David Grahame Shane, Miodrag Mitrasinovic, and John Thackara (UK)


How is research a form of architectural practice? Is digital visualization a new form of architecture ?

Speaker: Laura Kurgan

Agents provocateurs: William Bevington, Brian McGrath, and Sven Travis

Question #4: SHELTER AS CITY

How do you design sustainably for extreme conditions?

Speaker: Deborah Gans

Agents provocateurs: David Lewis, Robert Kirkbride, and Raoul Rickenberg


Aaron Levy is the Executive Director and Senior Curator of the Philadelphia-based Slought Foundation and on faculty in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

William Menking is an architectural historian and curator of architecture. He is the founder and co-editor of The Architect's Newspaper and a professor of Urbanism and City planning at Pratt Institute.


Guatemala-born Teddy Cruz, founder of Estudio Teddy Cruz, is an architect and educator based in San Diego, CA whose practice and pedagogy, through research and design production, has been focused on the particularities of the bicultural territory of the U.S.-Mexican border. He is currently associate professor in Public Culture and Urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego and was appointed by San Diego Mayor's Jerry Sanders to serve as a member of the board of directors of San Diego's Center City Development Corporation. His work has been included in major architecture biennales, magazines and exhibits around the world and he has been pinned one of the emergent voices in American architecture.

Deborah Gans is the principal of NY-based Gans studio and a full professor in the Architecture School at Pratt Institute. She is also visiting critic at Yale University. Many of Gans studio's projects in industrial design and architecture have a focus on social engagement, including a school desk for the New York School Construction Authority and alternative forms of housing for Kosovo and New Orleans. Current projects are a master plan for The Graham School in Hastings-on-Hudson New York. Among Gans' publications are the Le Corbusier Guide, now in its third edition (2006) and Extreme Sites: The 'Greening' of Brownfield (2004).

Laura Kurgan teaches architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where she is the director of the Spatial Information Design Lab (SIDL) and the Director of Visual Studies. Her recent projects include a multi-year SIDL project on "million-dollar blocks" and the urban costs of American incarceration, which has appeared most recently at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (where it is part of the permanent collection). Her book on working with GPS and satellite imagery in various ways, Satellites, is forthcoming from Zone Books.

Texas-based Rick Lowe is the founder of Project Row Houses, an arts and cultural organization located in Houston's historically significant and culturally charged Third Ward neighborhood. As an artist, Lowe has participated in exhibitions and programs internationally, and has worked as guest artist on a number of community projects nationally. Lowe collaborated with arts consultant Jessica Cusick on the Arts Plan for Rem Koolhaas' Seattle Public Library, and worked with California-based artist Suzanne Lacy and curator Mary Jane Jacobs on the Borough Project for Spoleto Festival 2003, in Charleston, South Carolina.


Jean Gardner
Senior Faculty, School of Constructed Environments and School of Design Strategies, Parsons; Co-Founder of the Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design at Parsons

Robert Kirkbride
Associate professor of Product Design and thesis coordinator in the product design department, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons

David J. Lewis
Associate Professor, director of The Design Workshop, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons

Lydia Matthews
Dean of Academic Programs of Parsons the New School for Design and Professor in Art and Design History and Theory

Brian McGrath
Interim Director of Academic Affairs, and Associate Professor, Urban Design, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons

Raoul Rickenberg
Assistant Professor in the School of Design Strategies, Parsons

Bob Rubin
Robert M. Rubin is an architectural historian and preservationist of Modernism

Grahame Shane
Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Columbia University and Cooper Union, author of Recombinant Urbanism (Wiley, 2005)

John Thackara (UK)
Programme director, Designs of the time (Dott 07), England; Commissioner, Tools for Survival, St Etienne Design Biennial, France

Susan Yelavich
Assistant Professor in Parson's School of History and Theory of Art and Design

Alfred Zollinger
Director of the BFAs in Interior Design and Architectural Design, Professor of interior design, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons

Sven Travis
Interim Dean, Communications Design and Technology

Miodrag Mitrasinovic
Chair of Design Strategies Urban Initiative

William Bevington
Executive Director, Parsons Institute for Information Mapping (PIIM); formerly Chair, Communication Design Department at Parsons The New School


Events take place in the exhibition galleries
(unless noted otherwise)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Live drawing session with the San-Francisco design collaborative REBAR

With Parsons Illustration department students: Bernadine Brocker, Sophia Chang, Jason Moreno, Emnanuel Tavares

March 9-13, 2009

Catastrophe Slam

Colloquium and 24-hour studio lab exercise with students and faculty across The New School, generating physical, virtual and performative solutions to infrastructure problems. With Robert Kirkbride, Shannon Mattern.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Reclamation of Post-Industrial Territories: Land Arts and the Incubo Atacama Lab

This event will address the reclamation of post-industrial landscapes, environmental impact of the practices of reclamation, and roles that architecture, art and design play in such processes. The panel will further discuss the epistemological significance of postindustrial landscapes within the framework of Urban Ecology, and also the environmental impact of reclamation. With Joel Towers, Chris Taylor (Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech), The Incubo Group (Santiago, Chile), Carin Kuoni. With the Vera List Center for Art and Politics (The New School).

Friday, April 17, 2009

Concurrent Urbanities brings together designers, artists, architects, urbanists, planners, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, civic and community activists, with government representatives and the private sector, in order to explore the complex production of new urban conditions across the world. Particular emphasis is placed on exploring new roles that artists and designers play, and the design theories, methods and techniques of visualization and communication they employ, to encourage radical democratization, forms of social resistance, economic equity, and environmental sustainability.

11-1pm: Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Anne Frederick, Rosten Woo, Deborah Gans, Vyjayanthi Rao, Joseph Heathcott

2-4pm: Ivan Kucina, Marc Neelen and Ana Dzokic, Alexander Vollebregt, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, Damon Rich, Vyjayanthi Rao

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Class Crit with John Thackara and guests. How can exhibitions best facilitate social learning toward more sustainable futures? Is it too fixed a medium, too superficial, or too abstract? What can it lead to? How does it compare to books, conferences, demo projects, competitions, campaigns, or (digital) networks?

John Thackara, Cameron Tonkinwise, Allan Chochinov, Debra Johnson, Aaron Levy, Maura Lout, Manuel Toscano, Joel Towers

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Lecture by Teddy Cruz, Estudio Teddy Cruz. Cruz will present on his practice in relation to notions of citizenship, and the politics of immigration

Location: Eugene Lang, 65 West 11th Street, Wolman auditorium, Room 500

Friday, April 24, 2009

Roundtable with Melina Shannon-DiPietro, Director, Yale Sustainable Food Project

Roundtable with Yale Sustainable Food Project, Parsons Design Workshop team and its BronxScape client, the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter. An open dialog to discuss ways of making/planting/using the BronxScape rooftop space as spring approaches, a brainstorming session around best practices and ideas for rooftop educational programming for shelter residents.

April 2009

Graphic and Fashion Design Charrettes

Publicity for conference generated by William Bevington's Junior Communication design class; Exhibition material re-use for garments and apparel accessories explored by Pascale Gatzen's Fashion design class

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