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David Benjamin

David Benjamin (‘05 M.Arch) is Founding Principal of The Living and Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP. He also directs the GSAPP Incubator. Benjamin’s work combines research and practice, and it involves exploring new ideas through prototyping. Focusing on the intersection of biology, computation, and design, Benjamin has articulated three frameworks for harnessing living organisms for architecture: bio-processing, bio-sensing, and bio-manufacturing.

The Living has won many design prizes, including the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League, the New Practices Award from the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, the Young Architects Program Award from the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, and a Holcim Sustainability Award. Recent projects include the Princeton Architecture Laboratory (a new building for research on next-generation design and construction technologies), Pier 35 EcoPark (a 200-foot-long floating pier in the East River that changes color according to water quality), and Hy-Fi (a branching tower for the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 made of a new type of biodegradable brick).

GSAPP Conversations

David Benjamin begins this conversation with Benjamin Aranda, the fourth of six recorded live at the conference “Making Books Now” on September 15, 2017. The conference was co-organized by Columbia GSAPP and the Chicago Architecture Biennial on the occasion of the Biennial’s opening at the Chicago Cultural Center, and was hosted by GSAPP’s Director of Publications, James Graham.

Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4005‑1 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
David Benjamin, Andrés Jaque
600/700 AVERY
M & TH 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
STUDIO
9 Points
11335
A4105‑9 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
David Benjamin
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11517
A4861‑1 Fall 2020
Footprint: Carbon and Design
David Benjamin
Online
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11772
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