DESIGNING FOR COLLECTIVITY. A CONVERSATION BETWEEN URGENT.AGENCY AND LEONG LEONG

Wed, Oct 17    6:30pm

There is a rising interest in rethinking the ways we organize our homes and cities, notably the relation between private and shared. The sharing economy is making business out of enabling individuals to share homes, cars etc., but offers little direction when it comes to enabling sharing more collectively. The award-winning Scandinavian culture design studio Urgent.Agency have done extensive research on the practices of shared living - notably new, creative ways to live and work together. Together with future living lab Space 10, they have published the magazine “Exploring the brave new world of shared living.” We invite you to join a conversation exploring new approaches to designing for shared living and collectivity. We share insights into trends and best practices within shared living - and explore questions such as: How might architecture, technology and business models empower communities to act more collectively? How can we facilitate the design of more rewarding types of social and spatial organization?

This conversation is hosted by Columbia GSAPP Incubator, Leong Leong and Urgent.Agency.

CHRISTIAN PAGH
Co-founder and culture director in Urgent.Agency Christian is a specialist in the interaction between culture, architecture and urban planning. In Urgent.Agency he has been in charge a of range of projects with International clients including Carlsberg, Microsoft and Volkswagen, as well as a variety of planning projects with municipalities, leading architectural o ces and other actors. Christian is experienced in the a of translating complex processes into clear and human-oriented concepts. Having a background in the human sciences, as well as signi cant practical experience in the world of planning, Christian enforces a humanistic approach to planning projects based on observation, knowledge and creativity.

DOMINIC LEONG
Architect and co-founder of Leong Leong Dominic received his Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, graduating with Honors, and his Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has lived and worked in Shanghai, Paris, and New York. Dominic is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he teaches Advanced Design Studio.

CHRIS LEONG
Architect and founding pa ner of Leong Leong Chris received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University and his Bachelor of A s from University of California, Berkeley. He is currently on the board of Triple Canopy and the Occulus Committee at the AIA New York Chapter. He has also served as the co-chair of the New Practices Committee at the AIA Center for Architecture. Chris is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

URGENT.AGENCY
Urgent.Agency is a prize-winning culture design agency with offices in Copenhagen and Oslo. With multidisciplinary team, uniting cultural professionals, architects and designers they address complex challenges for cities, organizations and companies by integrating culture and design competencies. Urgent.Agency’s work include culture and development strategies, urban design, identity and communication – often combined.

www.urgent.agency

LEONG LEONG
Leong Leong is an award-winning architecture and design rm based in New York that focuses on projects that envision new relationships between culture and commerce, public and private, and the domestic and monumental. The studio’s interests are not de ned by a pa icular project type, but by the potential to create environments and objects with cultural resonance. Leong Leong’s design and research process is driven by a curiosity for new organization typologies and aesthetic experiences that offer new ways of living, working, and interacting with one another. Frequently expanding the role of the architect, Leong Leong’s approach spans between strategic thinking and material experimentation, from the city to the a ifact. Current projects include the Anita May Rosenstein Campus for the Los Angeles LGBT in Hollywood and work included in the upcoming exhibition, Architectural Effects, at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in December 2018.

www.leong-leong.com

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