Scholars of the building and natural sciences and industries presented ongoing research on how environmental, economic, and techno-scientific agents affect the relationship between materials and energy. We interrogated the architectural scale, in order to rethink the vitalist idea of “building life”, the formal concept of buildings as objects, the relation of progressivism with large-scale building, among other themes.
Nimrod BenZeev, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Polonsky Academy, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
Gabriel Lee, Cassius Marcellus Clay Fellow, Department of History, Yale University
Ateya Khorakiwala, Assistant Professor, Columbia GSAPP
Sophia Roosth, Cullman Fellow, New York Public Library
Scholars presented an array of technical advances in materials and energy, which critically transform the understanding of how system dynamics play out, spanning vast domains and areas of expertise. We debated the role of academic research in the dissemination of new knowledge through research, narratives, and practice, and how we leverage those across domains to generate substantive interventions and actions, in order to change broad societal perceptions.
Kiel Moe, Gerald Sheff Chair in Architecture, McGill University
Lola Ben Alon, Assistant Professor, Columbia GSAPP
David Benjamin, Associate Professor, Columbia GSAPP
Felix Heisel, Assistant Professor, Cornell AAP
Dan Steingart, Co-director of Columbia Electrochemical Energy Center; Stanley-Thompson Associate Professor of Chemical Metallurgy, Chemical Engineering, Columbia University
On Barak, Associate Professor, Department of Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University
On Barak and presenters from previous panels joined in conversation by Reinhold Martin for the final discussion.