2013 Summer Workshops

Capital of Rio de Janeiro's Built Form in Brazil

August 1 – 21, 2013

Led by Alejandro de Castro Mazarro and Francisco Diaz, Latin Lab

This workshop explores how economic, social and ecological restrictions can foster alternatives to tabula-rasa building re-developments of consolidated urban areas in Rio de Janeiro. Based on the selection of a site, students propose architectural projects and urban programs that leverage these areas; during the field trip they visit sites, architectural landmarks, perform interviews and discuss their work and ideas with peers from Rio. The workshop’s final output is a publication with strategies identified by the students.

Collecting Architecture in Amman Jordan; Beirut, Lebanon; Ramallah, Palestine; and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

June 15 - July 2, 2013

Led by Craig Buckley and Mark Wasiuta with Jordan Carver

The workshop extends research into the global growth of private collections devoted to contemporary art, with a specific focus on the relationship between collecting practices in the Arab region and the production of new architecture that supports the collection, exhibition, discussion, and interaction with contemporary art. The workshop consists of site visits to existing collections, visualization and design exercises, as well as interviews with artists, architects, collectors, and museum professionals. The information gathered by, and the visualizations developed through the workshop contributed to the design of an exhibition and event at Studio-X Istanbul in September 2013. The exhibition presents the outcome of the research and serves as a laboratory for further research, a space for conducting interviews and discussions about the future of the museum in the region during the 13th Istanbul Biennale.

Comput/Diy: Terra Insola in Crete, Greece

June 7 – July 7, 2013

Led by Francois Roche, Ezio Blasetti, and Lydia Kallipoliti together with Stephan Henrich, Camille Lacadee, Danielle Willems, and Andreas Theodoridis

The barrier of Schengen has since a long time been considered a fortress. We do not remember exactly when this fence became European citizens’ own jail by inverting the preliminary reason for its constitution. Originally intended to protect them against the world, it now appears to be the revenge of an historical illusion. Out of this lost empire, out of this fortress maintaining the nostalgia of their late loftiness, life mutated into another system of negotiation, where a few people with the alibi of democracy are no longer deciding, through a populist delegation of power, the destiny of the others. We heard that a small zone within the zone, located in a sort of fortress within the fortress is still a territory where the last “European” took refuge…

The main actor, a kind of Robinson Crusoe, will construct his own escape from inside, as a topological inversion similar to Boccaccio’s Decameron, in 1348, where a few people were exorcising the inevitable plague of the Black Death by an extra-vitalism of story-telling, between eroticism and tragedy. The architectural project and the fictional d(m)ocumentary movie will be done by 20 students and 7 authors. We will report this anomaly through an infiltration in this zone next June. The movie and the construction are working as a retro-future report: Report from 2050.

Critical Copying in Beijing, China

June 25 – 29 and August 19 - 23, 2013

Led by Sophie Hochhäusl, Helene Nguyen, Alejandro Stein, Ray Wang and Bonny Yau together with Erik Carver, Addison Godel.

In this workshop each participant or team produces a series of images corresponding to the four distinct work sessions. Each successive session is designed to push the participants further towards critical realization, or “critical copying”. In each work session the first hour is dedicated to exploring different aspects of the project. After, participants discuss their project at round table or individually with other of the facilitators and pick one idea to develop more fully.

Throughout the workshop, each participant or team completes four images that will be exhibited. The exhibition first circulates in Beijing and is then presented at Studio-X, and in New York. Brief texts are collected for use in a forthcoming dual-language exhibition catalogue.

Future of the Museum in Beijing, China

June 24 – July 31, 2013

Led by Jeffrey Johnson with Zoe Florence, China Megacities Lab

Concurrent with China’s rapid urbanization is a museum building boom which is producing an average of approximately 100 new museums a year across the country, with even greater numbers most recently. These often iconic structures act as landmarks for newly planned government and civic centers, CBD’s, cultural districts, and even in some cases, residential and commercial developments, symbolizing the value of culture in the identity of a new China. With this proliferation of new museums, are there trends that can be identified that might mark a paradigm shift in how the museum project is defined? Are there new roles – socially, culturally, politically – that the museum is playing? And what new architectural forms and spatial organizations are being invented to accommodate these new ambitions? What are the consequences on design, and on the role of design? The aim of the summer workshop is to begin to address these questions and to develop the necessary critical lens to redefine the museum of the future, in China, and around the world.

I2A International Workshop in Vico Morcote, Switzerland

July 28 – August 4, 2013

Led by Frederic Levrat

The workshop is in its third edition, due to its excellent results achieved over the last two summers. It is an international workshop, where students from Milan, Shanghai and New York get together to address a conceptual issue, located on a specific site in Ticino. The area of research is the relation between new technologies and its influence on Public spaces. In 2011 the title of the project was “Neo Nomad House”, in 2012 “Information Infrastructure”. In 2013, it addresses a similar issue in “information and infrastructure”, regarding the regional airport and its influence on the surrounding public spaces.

Mobility and Trade in New York and Johannesburg, South Africa

June 3 – July 16, 2013

Led by Mario Gooden, AIA, Mabel Wilson, and Carson Smuts, Global Africa Lab with Mpho Matsipa, Studio-X Johannesburg

Paris Atelier, France

June 3 – July 15, 2013

Led by Phillip Anzalone

Public Space Workshop in Amman, Jordan; Istanbul, Turkey; and Mumbai, India

July 2013

Led by Jennifer Broutin Farah and Kamal Farah

As a collaborative model for trans-disciplinary research and development, the Workshop has evolved as a rapid response to investigating the future of public space in cities. Operating outside traditional organizational boundaries, the Workshop is at once the method and outcome, emphasizing diversity, exchange, and innovation. An agile incubator, the Workshop assembles experts for a limited duration focused on a single issue. Collaborators contribute proposals in an effort to uncover emergent issues and activate participation. With each iteration, the Workshop expands globally in scope and scale. The outcome of which is a networked resource of collaborators for continued feedback.

Safari 1 in São Paulo, Brazil

July 5-19, 2013

Led by São Paulo Lab (Studio-X Global Network), the Urban Landscape Lab and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

São Paulo residents will soon be able to tour urban wildlife along São Paulo's Number 1 subway line! This July, biologists and architects participated in a workshop on urban ecology hosted by São Paulo Lab and the Urban Landscape Lab.

Participants, including practitioners and students from São Paulo, were asked to research the complexities, conflicts and potentials of the city's ecosystems. Discussions included the encroachment of urban sprawl and favelas into the city's water reservoirs, micro-organic life on the surface of Brutalist concrete buildings; and the sluggish life of downtown sloths amidst workaday São Paulo. Participants studied the city with microphone and camera in hand, and travelled the Number 1 subway from Tucuruvi in the north to Jabaquara in the south.

This project is the third installment of a series of global wildlife tours, which began in 2009 with New York City's Number 7 line and expanded to the Beijing Number 4 line in 2012. The project circulates maps and podcasts to subway riders to use to as they move through the city. Safari 1 São Paulo will be exhibited at the 10th Sao Paulo Architecture Biennial in October 2013.

Studio Munduruku in the Amazon Basin, Brazil

August 5 – August 25, 2013

Led by Alberto Foyo, Orlando Correa, and Pedro Rivera

Thinking the Edge in Istanbul, Turkey

July 1 – July 10, 2013

Led by Frederic Levrat

Urban Space in Beijing, China

June 24 – July 30, 2013

Led by Jeffrey Johnson with Zoe Florence, China Megacities Lab

China Megacities Lab conducts a joint-international summer workshop in Beijing, in collaboration with China Central Academy of Fine Arts and the architecture office, Urbanus, on an urban research project for new public space for a new high-tech district planned in Beijing. This is the second workshop in China (first was summer 2012) that focuses on defining the conditions for new urban public space in China. The workshop team works directly with the local planning bureau on the project. The project is a real project currently in master plan phase. Ideas generated in the workshop are integrated into the planning of the new high-tech district.