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Studio-X Press Mentions

So Much to Learn

MARCH 13, 2013 RIBAJOURNAL.COM

As the world gets smaller, it’s not only the work that must look beyond national boundaries. Studio-X is a crucial global forum for cross-country, cross-cultural, cross-discipline exchange of ideas and practice that resonate with the UK experience.  David Chambers and Kevin Haley of Aberrant Architecture, Washington Farjardo of the Rio World Heritage Institute, and Pedro Rivera of Studio-X Rio contribute to the Royal Institute of British Architects newspaper on Studio-X.

For architect Mark Wigley, Brazil is the country of the future regarding urban changes

MARCH 13, 2013 OGLOBO

RIO - New York is finished, sentences Mark Wigley. One of the leading thinkers about the future of cities, the New Zealander architect and dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University advocates that the American city, where he has lived for a long time and which has been the center of the world, is nowadays like your grandfather: “You love him, he is very wise, but he isn’t the future.”  According to Wigley, curator of the historical exhibition  “Deconstructivist architecture” in 1988, it is in Latin America, more precisely in Brazil, that the great urban changes reside.
 
For this reason, at least for the past decade, Wigley has been coming to Rio frequently. This week he came to the city to visit Studio-X, an arm of  Columbia University,  which he created at Praça Tiradentes two years ago. In the studio, architects from around the world and other professionals are invited to discuss the city of the future. Wigley also had a meeting with Governor Sergio Cabral and will go to São Paulo, where he plans to create a Studio-X  laboratory. 
 
The architects’ network is a project that he came up with in 2008, started in New York, then it went to Beijing, Amman, Mumbai and Rio, and in the present year , headquarters will be inaugurated in Johannesburg, Istanbul and Moscow. The carioca (Rio de Janeiro) branch, however, is the one that he considers the most vibrant. In an interview to O GLOBO, Wigley spoke about the differences between Rio and São Paulo — comparing them to an old couple that knows the weaknesses of their partners —he said that both shall become one, in one of the megalopolis that the world shall see until  2050, and that the great challenge shall be dealing with older people.  Read the interview here.

Extrapolation Factory at Studio-X NYC

FEBRUARY 12, 2013 BEYOND THE BEYOND, WIRED.COM

*The part about installing the design-fictions in an actual store… You have to think that’s the way forward, given, of course, that arrests and lawsuits don’t ensue.

*The “suspension of disbelief” means that you need some graceful way to give people their disbelief back.

*Some swell pics in this article. You should have a look.
http://studiox-nyc.tumblr.com/post/42923093482/studio-x-nyc-was-transformed-into-a-sweatshop-for

A Skyline All Their Own

NOVEMBER 20, 2012 CHINA DAILY EUROPE

As the director of Studio-X Beijing since 2009, Li organizes workshops, films and art exhibitions to create a "think-tank" environment designed to engage architectural, urban and cultural issues. He also teaches at Columbia University and Hong Kong University as a visiting professor.

"I want to cultivate a kind of collective architectural thinking and debate that is urgently needed in China today," Li says. "I hope to create a nonprofit think-tank to help the government regarding micro and macro architectural issues related to the future of the city."

Columbia's architecture dean and the mastermind of Studio-X, Mark Wigley, says Li was appointed as director because "he is a leader of a new generation of Chinese designers. He has made Studio-X Beijing a real home for creativity and collegiality".

The Dredge of a Lifetime

OCTOBER 5, 2012 ATLANTIC CITIES

We were halfway between Coney Island and John F. Kennedy International Airport when we saw the horses. There were six of them trooping along the sandy shoreline, which was a surprise to most of us on board The American Princess, but not to Dave Avrin of the National Parks Service. “You’ll see some folks riding horses in the middle of Brooklyn,” he said, as if we had seen a pizza place or a fire truck.

It was our fourth hour on the harbor tour of the inaugural Dredge Fest, and we were deep in Jamaica Bay, the body of water that separates Brooklyn and Queens from the Rockaways. We had been told many times not to expect visual thrills. "One of the challenges of giving a boat tour about dredging," Tim Maly, one of the event’s organizers, had said as we swung under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, “is that an enormous part of the landscape is invisible, because it’s underwater, and we can’t see underwater."

The Omnibus Roundup — Plan to be Flooded, Deep Maps, Four Freedoms, Dredgefest, Newtown Creek Armada, and a Glimpse of a Future Underground

SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 URBAN OMNIBUS

New York City’s current shorelines result from 400 years of intense human industry and exploration. Piers, infilling, and building construction have dramatically changed New York’s harbor and coastal ecology, but perhaps nothing more than the process of dredging. Dredging (the act of removing built up sediment from a waterway’s floor) is “perhaps the greatest unrecognized landscape architecture project in the world.” Or so say the organizers of Dredgefest New York City. A project by Columbia University’s GSAPP, Dredgefest — The Festival of Dredge! — will tackle the implications, effects, and potentials of the techniques, technologies and uses of dredging. A half-day symposium on September 28th will bring designers, scientists, professors and policy makers to discuss the city’s harbor and sediment systems. Then, on September 29th, a four-hour boat tour of the dredged landscape of New York Harbor will allow participants to see “dredge in action.” The event promises to be “a heady mixture of scientific knowledge, technical expertise, architectural theory, and heavy machinery.” The Dredge Research Collaborative, along with US Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Park Service will narrate the harbor tour.

Where Does the Internet Come From?

AUGUST 6, 2012 ARTLOG

As part of Venue, a roaming events series in collaboration with the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art and Columbia University’s Studio-X, the author led a walking tour of important communications sites in downtown Manhattan. We began at 195 Broadway, the original AT&T headquarters built in 1916, when they dominated the telegraph game.

Interview: Studio-X NYC

AUGUST 2, 2012 IFN FILM

"Both Nicola and I have participated in or even organized many cultural festivals, from TEDx to the Aspen Ideas Festival, and from Postopolis! to Foodprint, but all of those events require you, your speakers, and your audience all to be in the same place—which is usually a city, and which is usually on one of the coasts (at least here in the U.S.). But Venue is an attempt to bring the festival, so to speak—to bring the “venue”—out into the places that don’t normally get a TED conference in town or from where speakers or interviewees might normally be flown to participate in an event elsewhere."

Architecture’s Exquisite Corpse: Another Kind Of Folding In Architecture

JULY 15, 2012 STRANGE HARVEST

A while ago at Studio X in NYC, I ran a what was billed as a “An Evening of Psychometric Drawing Experiments, Architectural Non Sequiturs, and Free Association”. Over the course of the evening we tried a series of drawings games. We played an invention called Architectural Consequences, a game that works just like picture consequences (or Exquisite Corpse for the more high falutin’ amongst you). Except in this case, instead of the normal head/body/legs/feet sequence, we substituted roof/upper floor/ground floor/basement. Each section drawn in secret, folded over and passed to the next person to draw the next part of the sequence. Pitched roofs, for example, perched on skyscrapers that rose out of caves that sat on burial chambers.

Faíscas: Supernova

JULY 11, 2012 DOMUS

In their project Supernova, Faíscas initiates this dialogue through a collaboration with Brazilian graffiti artist Smael Vagner. Over the course of four days, in Rio de Janeiro's Circo Voador, Faíscas built an immersive space using digital fabricated, three-dimensional forms which were drawn on by Smael, sparking an intense dialogue between art and architecture, digital and analog, the parametric and the manual. The event was part of Circo Voador's Third Annual Digital Festival.

InfluencerCon 2012 October 3rd-5th, Mumbai

JULY 09, 2012 DESIGNWALA

What is InfluencerCon? What influenced you to start this event?
Philip: In 2010 when I first started Influencer, I was working with a lot of clients in the marketing space big companies like Beau Hennesy, Paggio, Jaguar, they were interested in reaching out to tastemakers, game-changers and influencers across industries and territories, but they really did not know how to do that effectively, they did not really understand the culture of influence. So I wanted to create an event that would speak to influence in an influencer culture in a meaningful and sustainable way. So for me it was connecting with artists, entrepreneurs, technologists, philanthropists, that was kind of the core group. Connecting with those kinds of people who were literally working collaboratively, breaking down existing instructions and literally changing the world, that was the motivation to shine a light on this culture.

Observational Instruments, Observed

JUNE 27, 2012 OBSERVATORY - DESIGN OBSERVER

I happened to encounter news of the Trekker at about the same time that I was getting up to speed on Venue, a project that Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley recently got underway. This will consist of a series of journeys, over 16 months, across the many landscapes of North America, conducting interviews, collecting idiosyncratic data, and presenting various events. “Its curatorial mission,” the site explains, “is to document often overlooked yet fascinating sites.” It’s a highly ambitious (and quite impressive) project, but the details get a little overwhelming for my purposes here.

SUPERNOVA at Circo Digital Festival

JUNE 19, 2012 THE RIO TIMES

Each day the installation will respond to the involvement of the people, with an energetic crew made up of team-members from both Rio and New York. Considering the number and diversity of potential visitors to the festival as a result of Rio+20, the outcome is an exciting unknown.

Detecting the Strange Connection Between Where You Are and What You Are

JUNE 11, 2012 THE ATLANTIC

Technically, Venue is a project of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, Future Plural, and Columbia University GSAPP's Studio-X NYC.

Practically, it is the brainchild of Nicola Twilley (of Edible Geography) and Geoff Manaugh (of BLDGBLOG), partners who co-direct Studio-X NYC. In different phases, Twilley and Manaugh are going to travel the country taking down different kinds of data. They'll be interviewing people and doing public events and taking different types of measurements with various custom-designed instruments.

Building dialoque, bridging communities, portable media rig explores North America

JUNE 9, 2012 ART DAILY

In collaboration with the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art and with Columbia University’s Studio-X Global Network Initiative, Venue will traverse North America in a series of routes, visiting sites such as New Mexico’s Very Large Array, the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, Arches National Park in Utah, and the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. At these locations Venue will serve as a backdrop — or venue — for original interviews with people from an extraordinary range of disciplines, while its multimedia equipment will document each site through an array of both analog and high-tech instruments, many of which were conceived and fabricated by interaction designer and 2011 TED Fellow, Chris Woebken.

Recording America’s Landscape With Some Very Strange Devices

JUNE 8, 2012 WIRED

Space aside, the Age of Exploration is long over. We spend most of our lives in cities, confident that the world has been thoroughly mapped, tagged, and GPS’d. But some of the most interesting people and places in North America are found far outside of the urban core. BLDGBLOG‘s Geoff Manaugh and Edible Geography‘s Nicola Twilley are setting out to explore that landscape.

Breaking Out & Breaking In: Designers, Critics, and FBI Agents

MAY 17, 2012 ARCHITECTS NEWSPAPER BLOG

The discussion explored a variety of questions, including how criminals need to understand buildings differently from architects as they attempt to subvert them and what the alternate routes and spatial scenarios of crimes reveal about hidden architectures within buildings. Through a close analysis of classic heist movies and escape films, and with the help of the virtual pop-up space of the online comments, the film fest attempted to answer these questions. The panel zoomed out, looking at the practice of breaking in/out in general.

With Sonar, a sense of who's nearby

MAY 11, 2012 LEHIGH VALLEY LIVE

I was using an app called Sonar, a social metacrawler I heard about when Sonar’s CEO Brett Martin participated in a March discussion on social media at Studio-X New York. Run by a branch of Columbia University, Studio-X maintains a Twitter feed with thought-provoking nuggets during its events.

‘Dystopian Future’ Draws Problem Solvers to Mumbai

MAY 2, 2012 NEW YORK TIMES - INDIA INK BLOG

These gargantuan “challenges” also attracted Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation to open an outpost of its Studio X network in Mumbai in February 2011. The studio, which hosted the recent “Opening Spaces” discussion as part of an art exhibition called “Trespassers Only,” is a “working laboratory on the city,” said its director, Rajeev Thakker.

Cinema of Space

APRIL 17, 2012 FILMMMAKER

“It often seems like the most extraordinary spatial designs being produced today are not coming out of architecture offices but from the back lots of Sony or Lionsgate, where new places—sometimes whole cities—are dreamed up with an imaginative freedom you often find squeezed out of architecture programs in the name of historical rigor,” says Manaugh, a futurist who was previously a senior editor at Dwell magazine.

The Future That Is Now

MARCH 12, 2012 PLACES - THE DESIGN OBSERVER

More recently Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation set out to address similar issues, creating Studio-X, a “global network of advanced research laboratories for exploring the future of cities.” These initiatives constituted an acknowledgment that exposure to global urbanism was, by the turn of the 21st century, an essential part of a complete architecture education.

Rede Global De Arquitetura Discute O Futuro Das Cidades No RJ

FEBRUARY 15, 2012 THE CREATORS PROJECT

"Muitas das propostas tratam da necessidade de ativar os espaços da cidade para promover o encontro de seus habitantes, lidam com esta dimensão pública."
"Many of the proposals address the need to activate areas of the city to promote the meeting of its inhabitants, deal with this public dimension."

X Marks the Spots

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 METROPOLIS MAG

By both teaching and learning from these newly minted designers, this university-outside-the-university may furnish an academic infrastructure capable of keeping pace with the changes in the built environment, worldwide.

Road Map to Genius

FEBRUARY 11, 2012 ARCHITECTS AND INTERIORS INDIA

It was a rare opportunity for the audience to get fleeting glimpses into the mind of a creative genius and hear about the personal experiences that went into making him who he is today.

Coming Soon to NYC: Futuristic Trash Tubes?

FEBRUARY 10, 2012 POPULAR MECHANICS

Pneumatically powered tubes are a staple of goofy sci-fi seen moving people around on The Jetsons or in the New New York of Futurama. But they’re currently used at locations in 30 countries, including two sites in the United States—at Disney World in Florida and on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Now Miller and Spertus are using a grant from New York State to investigate the feasibility of using pneumatic tubes to suction garbage from a few other areas of New York.

There are Worlds of Art to See

FEBRUARY 9, 2012 THE TIMES OF INDIA

It's easy to miss a number of art exhibitions in the scrum of The Times of India Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. If you're visiting the festival, be sure to make your way to Foundry and Examples to Follow!

Studio-X

FEBRUARY 7, 2012 SUR LA TERRE - no.1 MUMBAI

It's a space for the citizens of Mumbai and where interactions and relationships are formed and fostered. It's a public space in the truest sense.

India Art Events Worth Traveling for in 2012

JANUARY 26, 2012 CNN GO

This monumental show has involved Indian and German artists. Sharmila Samant, Madhushree Dutta, Ravi Agarwal and Manish Nai have been co-opted into the show alongside Gustavo Romano, Petra Maitz, and Dina Shenhav.

"Examples to Follow!" will open in two phases on February 4 and February 12, spread across five galleries including Galerie Max Mueller, Studio X, Premchand Roychand Gallery, Project 88 and Gallery Maskara.

Arquitetos Pró-ativos Pensam as Cidades

JANUARY 24, 2012 O GLOBO

In Rio, the participants created projects to occupy the brains of blocks from Lapa - left over spaces between buildings - often derelict and dangerous.

No Rio, os participantes criaram projetos para ocupar os miolos de quadras da Lapa — espaços que sobram entre os edifícios —, geralmente zonas abandonadas e perigosas.

A.B.C.D.E.‚ an open discussion on design process

DECEMBER 23, 2011 DOMUS

The fortnight-long A.B.C.D.E. workshop organised by Amsterdam's Droog offered a chance to learn about different aspects of slums such as Dharavi. The designers and architects sought to lend form to an abstract diagram, based on a study of Indian mathematics, with the active involvement of the craft producers in Mumbai's Dharavi slum.

Thrilling Wonder, This Weekend In New York and London

OCTOBER 28, 2011 POP SCI

Since 2009, an annual Thrilling Wonder Stories event has taken place at the Architectural Association in London, bringing people together from multiple disciplines to explore the spaces between fiction, science, and design. This year, we're teaming with the Architectural Association and Studio-X NYC for Thrilling Wonder Stories 3.

Banksy Occupies London + Williamsburgers Booze at the Movies = Today's Eight Items or Less

OCTOBER 27, 2011 PAPER MAG

NYC's non-profit org Studio-X (180 Varick Street Suite 1610) is hosting a spin-off of the UK's "Thrilling Wonder Stories" on Friday and Saturday, October 28th and 29th. There's a cool lineup of speakers and events including the live debut of a new album by DJ/rupture's band, Nettle.

Weekend Warrior: Architecture Lesson

OCTOBER 7, 2011 SPECTRUM

The New York space, just off the Houston stop on the 1, has some pretty cool stuff coming up: a “Night School” on how to hack a camera, for example, and a film festival centered around the blueprints of bank heists (“Inside Job,” anyone?).

Where think tank meets real world: GSAPP's Studio-X

OCTOBER 6, 2011 COLUMBIA SPECTATOR

Twilley and Manaugh have already opened the space to more impromptu rendezvous, which are open to the public and announced by tweet (@StudioXNYC). In their short time at Studio-X, they’ve also launched the event series “Conflict Cities” and “Night School,” which incorporates lectures and lessons the likes of which won’t be found on any CU syllabus.

Celebrate PARK(ing) Day 2011

SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 THE CITY FIX

In Brazil the demonstration will be represented only in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Studio X of Columbia University, along with a group of architects and partners, holds a seat in front of the Praça Tiradentes, where lectures will be held outdoors during the evening where participants can set up a lounge for socializing.

Deixa Solto, Doutor

SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 O GLOBO

Alexandre Sansão, secretário de Transportes, e Washington Fajardo, do Patrimônio Cultural, debatem hoje "carro x espaço público".

Manaugh and Twilley Announce Studio-X NYC

AUGUST 30, 2011 FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

Manaugh and partner Nicola Twilley are co-directors of Studio-X NYC, an “off-campus event space, gallery, classroom, and urban futures think tank, part of a global network run by Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.” And, we’ll be involved.

Nicola Twilley: The Politics of Our Changing Foodscape

AUGUST 30, 2011 GUERNICA

Nicola Twilley is an omnivore, both literally and intellectually. In her many roles, Twilley explores and engages cities, politics, architecture, technology, infrastructure, art, all through the lens of food. She is the author of the insightful and multidisciplinary blog Edible Geography, founder of the Foodprint Project, and was recently appointed co-director of Studio X-NYC, Columbia University GSAPP’s SoHo-based think tank/event space/gallery dedicated to fostering thought and collaboration around the future of cities.

Circo Voador, no Rio, Promove Feira de Cultura Digital

AUGUST 11, 2011 G1

Para entrar é preciso levar uma peça de computador, que será reaproveitada. Evento propõe reflexão sobre as novas configurações de arte e de cultura.

Circo Voador Vira 'Playground' de Arte e Tecnologia com Festival de Cultura Digital

AUGUST 11, 2011 O GLOBO

De apresentações de pioneiros da nova era musical [...] passando por uma maquete interativa de um projeto sobre a ocupação da Praça Tiradentes ("Central Futuros", do grupo Studio X Rio, formado, entre outros, pelo arquiteto e designer Raul Correa-Smith) e oficinas de animação com softwares livres, o evento tenta abraçar um pouco do que aconteceu nesse acelerado universo, desde 2009, quando aconteceu a sua primeira edição, no mesmo local.

Circo Voador Sedia Festival em Defesa do Software Livre e da Democratização da Arte

AUGUST 11, 2011 QUINTA-FEIRA

O evento vai durar quatro dias e vai oferecer oficinas e exposições interativas, além de shows. Para poder entrar no festival basta levar uma peça de computador velha ou um livro.

X Marks the Spot

AUGUST 8, 2011 HINDUSTAN TIMES

In September, the facility's second space, a community art studio measuring 2,500-sq-ft, will be made available to artsits. [...] "The aim is to create knowledge and share new ideas to make our cities better," says Thakker.

Architecture & Transformation: Interview with Mark Wigley

JULY 2011 INDIAN ARCHITECT & BUILDER

"In the field, you have to find sort of a micro-retreat. In the past, we would retreat to the university, or the Association of Architects or our books. Now you have to create, in the field, small spaces to think because sometimes in the real world, it is hard to think."

Variations on a Stair

JULY 25, 2011 JO

With nostalgia for Amman's downtown, architecture students participating in a summer workshop by the Columbia University Middle East Research Center revisited reviving the city’s historic core.

Scofidio+Renfro Reimagine Levittown with 'Open House'

JUNE 27, 2011 ARCHITECTS NEWSPAPER

The one-day event began with a symposium at Columbia’s off-site Studio-X in Downtown Manhattan, followed by a field trip to Levittown, Long Island, where nine homes from the fabled, archetypal post-war American suburb were transformed into residential marketplaces with experimental installations by designers, architects, and homeowners.

Diller Scofidio & Renfro and Droog Team Up for a One-Day Event

APRIL 20, 2011 NEW YORK TIMES

“We want to assist people in finding their inner service provider,” said Charles Renfro, a partner at Diller Scofidio & Renfro, “as a way to provide an alternative economy” in a difficult economic climate.

The Studio-X NY Guide to Liberating New Forms of Conversation Book Review

APRIL 1, 2011 DOMUS

A document of a unique studio/event/exhibition space also serves as a DIY guide to setting up other X spaces.

Architecture School Opens Outpost in Brazil

APRIL 1, 2011 COLUMBIA SPECTATOR

“We were initially really skeptical—there’s been a lot of chat about how it [StudioX] doesn’t affect us [students]—but we were pleasantly surprised.”

Why Loiter? Is Mumbai an Ideal City to Loiter in?

APRIL, 2011 DESIGNWALA

Studio X in Mumbai last month hosted the launch of a book that highlights women’s access to public space. Titled, “Why Loiter?” [...] It chronicles years of meticulous research that attempts to understand how women from different communities, classes and minority groups in Mumbai have limited access to public space and often do not feel safe or comfortable in the public realm.

Pedro Rivera fala sobre propostas urbanísticas para grandes cidades

MARCH 28, 2011 GLOBO NEWS

Pedro Rivera discusses urban proposals for major cities on Globo News. (video)

Columbia University Opens Studio-X Rio de Janeiro

MARCH 22, 2011 ENERGY AND CLIMATE PARTNERSHIP OF THE AMERICAS URBAN PLANNING INITIATIVE

Indeed, the very setting out the window of a major urban plaza in a state of transformation provoked discussion and debate the very first night about the future of the neighborhood, whether the fence surrounding the plaza would be taken down, and who would ultimately make the most use of the soon-to-be liberated public space.

O Futuro das Cidades no Centro do Rio

MARCH 10, 2011 QUINTA-FEIRA

Rede global criada pela Universidade de Columbia para pensar as questões urbanas, o Studio-X ganha sede na Praça Tiradentes

Bring your own thoughts

MARCH 6, 2011 THE TIMES OF INDIA

Places like Arbour and Studio X say they are creating platforms for new types of conversation, breaking down old snobberies and hierarchies . They claim they are looking to counter the prevalent monolith of top-down planning processes with ground-up development initiatives . And the mainstay of their policy seems to be a pithy acronym, BYOT—Bring Your Own Thoughts.

Geography X

FEBRUARY 10, 2011 BLDGBLOG

The opening of the Architecture of Consequence exhibition comes simultaneously with the launch, today, of Studio-X Mumbai, and the two overlap in both themes and approach. [...] In theory, then, Studio-X is a kind of acupunctural series of linked pressure points along which spatial and architectural research can occur. It is research with consequence, we might say.

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) to Launch STUDIO-X MUMBAI

FEBRUARY 9, 2011 ARCHINNOVATIONS

Studio-X, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation’s global network of laboratories launch its Mumbai center to the public on February 10, 2011 with the opening of Architecture of Consequence, the Netherlands Architecture Institute’s (NAi) international traveling exhibition about the role of architecture in social innovation and sustainability.

Pondering Landscapes: A Chat with BLDGBLOG Author Geoff Manaugh

FEBRUARY 4, 2011 WIRED

Broadly speaking, the overall idea is to look at how the landscapes around us—natural and artificial, urban and geologic, aquatic, terrestrial, and atmospheric—are interpreted, filtered, or otherwise augmented by instruments, devices, and machines.

Landscape Futures Super-Workshop

JANUARY 27, 2011 DOMUS

They held studio-like workshops, looked at the camouflaged oil sites of L.A., toured debris basins in the San Gabriel mountains with a site manager for the Army Corps of Engineers, heard about the robotic innovations researchers at Cal Tech are developing for possible future landscape monitoring on Mars, and ventured to the headwaters of the L.A. River.

Cities: Lapham, Krulwich, Dolkart and Inaba

NOVEMBER 11, 2010 URBAN OMNIBUS

Themes of science, myth and politics played out over the course of the evening, encompassing myriad approaches to the concept of the city. Though speculative and forward thinking, the panel turned to history, often personal histories, in answering questions levied by Wigley, BLDGBLOG’s Geoff Manaugh and audience members.

Ghana’s Architecture Reveals Its Complex Past

OCTOBER 25, 2010 THE RECORD

When Mabel O. Wilson surveys the architecture of Ghana, she sees the complex history of the former British colony. From hulking slave forts of the past to today’s cell phone kiosks and teeming markets, the story is there, waiting to be told. […] Wilson traveled to Ghana with former Columbia classmate Peter Tolkin to explore the mid-century architecture, as well as other buildings in the country. […] Tolkin’s revealing color photographs, which he has dubbed “deliberate snapshots,” are part of the exhibition titled “Listening There: Scenes from Ghana,” which runs through Dec. 16. The show also contains several videos by Wilson.

Life is a Cabaret, Old Chum

OCTOBER 6, 2010 LOUDPAPER

I'm excited to participate in the Book Launch Cabaret at Storefront this Friday, October 8 at 7pm. A Few Zines was the first show at Studio-X New York and it is included in the new "The Studio-X NY Guide to Liberating New Forms of Conversation."

Growing Green Design in Beijing: A Conversation with Architect Li Hu

SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 ARTINFO

Recently appointed in 2008 as the Director of Studio X Beijing, an ambitious initiative part of a larger Global Network – which also includes New York, Amman, and Bombay – begun by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, Li organizes programs of workshops, films, art exhibitions, and symposia to create a "think-tank" environment to promote engagement of architectural, urban, and cultural issues.

Unsolicited Architecture Workshop

SEPTEMBER, 2010 AU MAGAZINE

[São Paulo e Rio de Janeiro] recebem workshop-relâmpago de arquitetura não solicitada.

Arquitetos Estrangeiros de Olho no Rio

JULY 31, 2010 O GLOBO

Projetos geram intenso intercâmbio, como o Studio-X, que acaba de promover com holandeses uma maratona de ideias para 4 bairros.

Trans Siberia

APRIL, 2010 THE BROOKLYN RAIL

From January 28 through February 19 of this year, Warm Engine (Greta Hansen and Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong) rode the entire Trans-Siberian Railway, studying the impact of Communism on the design of the Russian and Chinese cities that grew up along the railroad. TRANS SIBERIA, a show of their photos and drawings, will be on view through April 16 at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture's Studio-X.

Trans Siberia

MARCH 26, 2010 PLACES - DESIGN OBSERVER

The challenge? Trace the historic spread of communist ideology through building typology. How? Travel the 5,000 miles of the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Beijing during the dead of winter, stopping off at fourteen cities along the way. Get off at each stop to photograph and draw the administrative buildings and centers of power. Then, return to the United States, where you will quickly design and execute an exhibition from these findings.

GLobal Designs

MARCH 22, 2010 COLUMBIA GLOBAL IMPACT

The Mumbai center launches with an interdisciplinary research agenda. With more than 15 years of work in India advising the political leadership and other senior policy-makers, the Columbia’s Earth Institute is well placed to help scale-up strategies that have already demonstrated success. The center will be the hub for a network of top scientists, economists, and thought leaders who can provide policy recommendations and address the region’s urgent development challenges. Among the new collaborations is Studio-X Mumbai, a project of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Columbia University Establishes Global Centers in South Asia and Europe

MARCH 22, 2010 COLUMBIA GLOBAL IMPACT

The Mumbai center launches with an interdisciplinary research agenda. With more than 15 years of work in India advising the political leadership and other senior policy-makers, the Columbia’s Earth Institute is well placed to help scale-up strategies that have already demonstrated success. The center will be the hub for a network of top scientists, economists, and thought leaders who can provide policy recommendations and address the region’s urgent development challenges. Among the new collaborations is Studio-X Mumbai, a project of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Spontaneous Architecture Challenge: the Olympics

MARCH 1, 2010 GOOD

GOOD has teamed up with PRE and Studio X to inspire designers through the monthly Spontaneous Architecture competition. This month, we want you to come up with creative ways of looking at the Olympics.

Food and the Shape of Cities

FEBRUARY 24, 2010 URBAN OMNIBUS

This Saturday, February 27, Twilley and Rich are hosting Foodprint NYC, which they describe as “the first in a series of international conversations about food and the city.

Architecture School Launches Global Network 
Named Studio-X

FEBRUARY 19, 2010 THE RECORD

“It’s impossible to participate in that kind of explosive growth while sitting in New York,” Wigley says. “These cities are laboratories, and we have to be in the laboratories, with all the gaps in our understanding, and learn from their experiments.”

Is it OK to run architectural competitions for Haiti?

FEBRUARY 12, 2010 BUILDING AND DESIGN

Gavin Browning argues it’s an architect’s duty to respond to humanitarian disasters, while Cameron Sinclair urges the industry to follow through with its designs — ideas are not enough.

Spontaneous Architecture Challenge: Rebuild Haiti

FEBRUARY 1, 2010 GOOD

GOOD has teamed up with PRE and Studio X to inspire designers through the monthly Spontaneous Architecture competition. This month, we want you to come up with creative solutions to help Haiti in its rebuilding efforts.

ink

JANUARY 25, 2010 PLACES - DESIGN OBSERVER

"Ink" debuted in July 2009 at Studio-X Beijing, the second hub of the Studio-X Global Network, a new initiative by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University. Tonight, New Yorkers will be able to jump into the conversation that began last year on the other side of the world, and interact with respondents and audience members in Beijing.

Columbia's Studio-X to Host Exhibition and International Simulcast Discussion Between New York and Beijing

JANUARY 19, 2010 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

“As part of Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation’s growing global connectivity, Studio-X, a network of galleries and lecture spaces, will host ink, an exhibition and live simulcast discussion between its Beijing and New York galleries.”

What’s Next: Design Education

JANUARY 13, 2010 METROPOLIS MAGAZINE

“In ten years, the university will be a kind of multinodal, parallel-processing, open-source environment. Extraordinary sophistication and visualization protocols will be exchanged very rapidly—a sort of speculative atmosphere in which hypotheses are tested in dynamic ways. Students will learn how to turn their future professional offices into research hubs.

Urban Wildlife: The Safari 7 Reading Room

DECEMBER 21, 2009 GOOD

"Safari 7 Reading Room," a new exhibition at New York's Studio-X-the downtown-Manhattan extension of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation-examines human transport and biodiversity side-by-side.

The Wright Stuff

DECEMBER 18, 2009 COLUMBIA POLITICAL REVIEW

Through a variety of media, Safari 7 provides an interactive approach to understanding the dynamic set of habitats and ecosystems that weave through New York City’s unique built environment.

Parkour, A Way to Rediscover Beijing

DECEMBER 7, 2009 GLOBAL TIMES

The Goethe Institut continues its ongoing exhibition, titled Beijing Parkour-Beijing Rediscover, following the four parkour events it has held in the past year to explore civic structure in Beijing. During a week of events, parkour participants will share their stories of exploring this old town.

Of Pigeons and Podcasts, Or, My Safari on the 7

NOVEMBER 5, 2009 THE BROOKLYN RAIL

The promise of adventure is also the carrot I dangle in front of my friend one weekend afternoon when I begin to download the Safari 7 podcasts for my voyage through subtropical Queens. I briefly wonder if any famous explorers hail from that great borough and find online that both Simon and Garfunkel come from the neighborhood of Forest Hills, which, frankly, is a revelation. My friend is intrigued. It could be that he finds the idea of Queens tantalizingly exotic.

Where the Wild Things Are

OCTOBER 28, 2009 THE ARCHITECTS NEWSPAPER

Earlier this month at the opening the Safari 7 Reading Room at Columbia University’s Studio X, a cross section of the city’s architecture, landscape, design, and urbanist ecosystem sipped from red plastic cups and milled around an oversized table map listening to podcasts. Meanwhile, from Midtown, Manhattan to Flushing, Queens other animal habitats were teeming with life: snakefish, squirrels, and worms twitching and writhing within the urban environment. Launched over the summer, Safari 7 is a self-guided podcast tour that narrates the wildlife and habitats along the No. 7 subway line.

Americanos propõem teleférico na Providência

OCTOBER 22, 2009 O GLOBO

Dois professores titulares do curso de arquitetura da Columbia University, uma das mais renomadas instituições americanas de ensino, e o arquiteto carioca Pedro Rivera apresentaram à prefeitura um projeto para instalar um teleférico no Morro da Providência, no Centro, ligando a comunidade à Central do Brasil e à Cidade do Samba.

Wild Life on the 7 Line

OCTOBER 21, 2009 THE BRIAN LEHRER SHOW, WNYC, NPR

Janette Kim, director of the Urban Landscape Lab at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and Glen Cummings, founder of the graphic design firm MTWTF, talk about Safari 7, the reading room and podcast tour of the “political ecology” along the 7 subway line, from Times Square to Flushing Meadows.

Our Big Backyard: Safari 7 at Studio-X

OCTOBER 19, 2009 COLUMBIA GLOBAL CENTERS

Chihuahuas and chicken coops are just two of the topics broached at the new Studio-X Safari 7 Reading Room exhibit, which explores the spectrum of flora and fauna that call New York home.

Safari 7

OCTOBER 16, 2009 BLDGBLOG

The project, developed by Urban Landscape Lab and MTWTF, with a series of podcasts created by architecture students from Barnard & Columbia Colleges, treats New York City's 7 train as a kind of safari: what creatures live along the 7 line—and what ecosystem does the train route explore?

ICFF 2009 report, New York

MAY 21, 2009 WALLPAPER

Dan Rubinstein and Jen Renzi’s InDisposed show was another offsite hit, and included pieces by Takeshi Miyakawa (another 2008 discovery), Situ Studio, and wildchild Tobias Wong. The kicker? Every piece was designed to be “ceremoniously recycled, upcycled, composted, or otherwise responsibly disposed of.”

Waste Not, Want Not

MAY 20, 2009 ARTINFO

Hence, the birth of “InDisposed,” a not-for-profit exhibition taking place in New York this week during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, with the aim of creating a dialogue around sustainability and wastefulness. The exhibition itself has a small financial footprint: All of the works were donated by the 15 participating artists and designers, and the space was donated by SoHo’s Studio-X, a studio for design and research run by Columbia University.

Auto-Cannibalistic Table Decomposes as Plants Grow

MAY 20, 2009 INHABITAT

Part of the InDisposed exhibition at Studio-X in New York City, the table sat next to Takeshi Miyakawa’s “Furniture To Go,” in which food was contained by plastic modular pieces. The InDisposed show was curated by Jen Renzi and Dan Rubinstein.

InDisposed: Talking Trash (about design)

MAY 19, 2009 INHABITAT

If you’re in NYC for Design Week, we deeply urge you to stop by InDisposed, the cooler, less corporate little brother of the giant International Contemporary Furniture Fair. An offsite design exhibition taking place at Studio-X, InDisposed aims to explore and possibly debunk the idea our society has lately adopted that disposable = evil.

I.C.F.F. A New York Design Itinerary

MAY 15, 2009 T MAGAZINE

This year, though, as long as the weather holds, there will be a heck of a lot less to complain about. Sure, most of the big furniture brands are making the usual fuss over the same pieces they previewed last month, expecting us to act surprised, but there are also significantly more off-site events featuring never-before-seen work.

NY Design Week 09 Preview: InDisposed

MAY 13, 2009 CORE77

InDisposed, curated by Dan Rubinstein and Jen Renzi, asks 15 thinkers to address the theme of disposability, waste and wastefulness through design. The result is 15 mass-produceable pieces made from sustainable materials with disposability in mind. At the end of the show, each object will be ceremoniously and responsibly disposed of in the manner designed for it.

Experimental geography as art

MAY 5, 2009 CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

They were looking to "ground" the concept of "buzz," that all-important barometer of which areas of a city are cool and which aren't. Although Currid and Williams don't explicitly identify themselves as experimental geographers, their project bears much in common with the work featured in iCI's traveling show – it seeks to aestheticize a large quantity of data and to draw connections between humans and their environs.

Iron Designer: The Winners!

APRIL 25, 2009 INHABITAT

This past Thursday, April 23, four teams made up of third-year Master’s of Architecture students from Columbia GSAPP, Parsons The New School, Pratt Institute, and City College of New York (CCNY) competed against each other in an hour-long design competition to propose a sustainable design solution for the DUMBO archway.

Mapping the Geography of Cultural Buzz in LA and NY

APRIL 14, 2009 INFOSTHETICS

The Geography of Buzz: Art, Culture and the Social Milieu in Los Angeles and New York aims to provide a new spatial dimension through which to understand cultural industries and city geographic patterns.

Heat Maps Chart LA Culture

APRIL 14, 2009 NBC LOS ANGELES

Despite the concentration of hipsters, photo booths and cans of Tecate (Yes, I'm looking at you, Cha Cha Lounge), Silver Lake is not the "buzziest" culture hub in Los Angeles. According to a new study, "The Geography of Buzz: Art, Culture and the Social Milieu in Los Angeles and New York", the buzz of LA centers along the illustrious Sunset Strip.

Heat maps of hot buzz

APRIL 13, 2009 BOINGBOING GADGETS

Elizabeth Currid and Sarah Williams (University of Southern California [L.A.] and Columbia, respectively) built “The Geography of Buzz“, a mapping of cultural events of relevance mined from photograph archives at Getty Images.

The Geography of Buzz

APRIL 8, 2009 TIME MAGAZINE

We little people are led to believe that once a neighborhood, restaurant or trend has crept into our consciousness, it's no longer authentically cool. In this study, Currid and Williams take aim at that adage.

Mapping the ‘Buzz’

APRIL 7, 2009 GIS LOUNGE

Elizabeth Currid, an assistant professor at USC collaborated with Sarah Williams from the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University to map out 'buzz worthy' parties and events based on photos obtained from Getty Images.

Midtown NYC Is The Home of ‘Buzz!’

APRIL 7, 2009 GAWKER

Images that chronicled flashy parties and smaller affairs on both coasts for a year, beginning in March 2006." They categorized the photos, put their locations onto a map of NYC, and there you have it—you can actually see where the buzz is.

Mapping the Cultural Buzz: How Cool Is That?

APRIL 6, 2009 NEW YORK TIMES

For Ms. Williams the geo-tagging represents a new wave of information that can be culled from sites like Flickr and Twitter.

A Few Good Zines at Studio X

FEBRUARY 4, 2009 ABITARE

Remember the exhibition “Clip, Stamp, Fold”, dedicated to the undeground architecture press fom ’60s and ’70s? Everyone was going like “well, these were other times, now the market screwed us all”. True, but not entirely, as cheap magazines on the go and architecture fanzines are still existing [...]. This exhibition in New York sets the coordinates of that new editorial landscape, at least the guys who haven’t abandoned paper. Xerox will come back!

‘A Few Zines: Dispatches from the Edge of Architectural Production’, NYC

JANUARY 27, 2009 THE ARCHITECTS JOURNAL

But that was the state of things in 1996, when Mimi Zeiger founded architecture zine loud paper as a ‘slambamgetitoutthere’ alternative to the mainstream architectural discourses. Now, an exhibit curated by Ms. Zeiger at Studio X in Manhattan’s East Village – ‘A Few Zines: Dispatches from the Edge of Architectural Production,’ on display from January 8 to February 28 — looks back at the trail blazed by loud paper and its cousins.

Zeiger's Zine Scene

JANUARY 8, 2009 INTERVIEW MAGAZINE

Mimi Zeiger is a self-described "old zinester," who printed the first issue of her zine about architecture, loudpaper, as a graduate student at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. It was her graduate thesis, and she printed it on paper from de-commissioned maps and put a picture of Elvis on top. More recently, Zeiger added an online component, her blog; now she is re-visiting zine history with A Few Zines, an exhibition that opens tonight at Columbia's Studio X.

Daniel Perlin Builds a House

NOVEMBER 17, 2008 DOSSIER JOURNAL

Ever look around at the frenzied construction of Bloomberg-era New York City and wonder how to turn it into art? On November 18th at Studio-X, multimedia artist Daniel Perlin will do just that, and in a novel way: using screws, glue, nails, sawhorses, an audio cassette and a laptop to question work and construction as auditory processes. In his performance “re:construction,” he will ask: What do buildings sound like? How do structures house the process of their construction?

Rapid Response at Studio-X

AUGUST 28, 2008 DOSSIER JOURNAL

Titled Beijing Air, the opening night was dedicated to the brouhaha surrounding air quality in Beijing during the 2008 Summer Olympics. Sarah Williams, Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University GSAPP, presented data from her work with Carbon Footprint, a small mobile carbon monoxide air quality censor attached to a GPS device that was used to measure levels of pollution in the area around the Olympic Games.