Symposium participant
DEPOT AS PRAXIS / on matter out of place Guest on Matters panel, Missing Masses symposium, Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University
Columbus, OH, January 25-26, 2024.
[From the organizer:] Missing Masses invites participants to engage with the latent and absent elements of architectural discourse and practice. Drawing from Bruno Latour’s sociological exploration of the role of human and non-human actors in societal networks, the symposium poses critical questions about the previously unseen constituents of architecture and the built environment. It reflects on how these “missing masses”—be they physical, material, or spatial—participate in shaping our social and environmental constructs.

The symposium is structured around three critical dialogues:

Anthony Acciavatti
Armando Hashimoto 
Lily Wong
Curtis Roth (Moderator)

Chris Otter
Lindsey Wikstrom
Amelyn Ng 
Erik Herrmann (Moderator)

Michael Osman
Michelle Franco
Sarah Aziz
Sandhya Kochar (Moderator)

Keynote: Germane Barnes in conversation with Joseph Henry
Organized by Iman Ansari.
[Photos by Iman Ansari & Lily Wong]

Radio contribution
Dusts of Construction Recorded contribution to Sonic Dust, a KGAP 96.7FM radio issue of Materials and Applications, Los Angeles, February 2023.
Curated by Isabel Kuh.
Sawdust, brick dust, aggregate, crushed tile, decomposed granite, gypsum crumble... Dust is pure byproduct, the ultimate waste material, proliferating from cutting, sanding, transporting, and erosion of construction material. Dust is never really the focus of building, but rather, that which must be swept away.

In the audio format of a series of recipes, this "reading" of dust attends to the surplus of the surplus waste from dustbins of construction and demolition. Unconventional biomaterial dusts (eggshell, coffee grounds, excavated soil) may also be stirred into the audio. The recipe reading will be interspersed with footnotes on the material limits to growth, and sprinkles in concepts such as "gross domestic practices" and urban mining.

Conference participant
Rethinking Practice: Climate, Equity, Labor
Conference, Columbia University GSAPP, November 10, 2023.
Rethinking Practice: Climate, Equity, Labor is a one-day conference organized by Alessandro Orsini, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP. The symposium brings together practitioners, professors, and students to support the idea that the architect’s community sits in society like others, opposing the insular position that architecture has held for a long time.

This conference is free and open to the public.

Introduction – 9am, Wood Auditorium
Alessandro Orsini (Architensions)

Session One – 9-11 am, Wood Auditorium
Climate, Equity, Labor
Ivi Diamantopoulou (New Affiliates)
Ritchie Yao (Dash Marshall)
Nick Roseboro (Architensions)

Session Two – 11:15-1:15 pm, Wood Auditorium
Equity, Climate, Labor
Jerome Haferd (Brandt/Haferd)
Bryony Roberts (Bryony Roberts Studio)
Ashely Kuo & Andrea Chiney (A+A+A)

Session Three – 2:15-4:15 pm, Avery 114
Labor, Equity, Climate
Nicholas McDermott (Future Expansion)
Amelyn Ng (Assistant Professor of Architecture, RISD)
Can Vu Bui & Lane Rick (Office of Things)

Symposium & Exhibition curation RISD article
zoom recording
Sensing the Environment: Evidence, Narrative, Appearance, symposium, RISD, March 7, 2023.

Parallel exhibition, RISD Architecture, BEB Gallery, March 6—10, 2023.

Funded by the RISD SEI Programming Fund AY22-23.
Climate  change is an art of sensing and imaging, just as much as it is a science of analysis. Under what circumstances do we “see,” “know,” and “evidence” the environment? What are the aesthetics and politics of environmental media — those unevenly distributed transformations in our physical and built world?

While maps, drawings, sensing devices, and data collection have long served colonial and extractive interests, the arts of sensing the environment has also been leveraged otherwise. Departing from Eurocentric, Enlightenment-era perspectives of scientific authority and engineered solutions, the arts brings forth counter- practices, mobilizes memories and actions, and dismantles traditional aesthetics of “nature” in the face of the climate emergency. The question is what new images, indexes, documents, and instruments do we need, and how might we design them?

This multidisciplinary symposium builds on existing momentum and discourses at RISD around sustainability and just climate futures — this time, focusing on its critical possibilities. It expands the visual project of rendering climate visible, diversifies voices and actors, and challenges power differentials latent in representations of the environment.

This hybrid online event and parallel in-person exhibition aim to decenter visual mediums of quantification and extraction; to mobilize a collective aesthetics and politics of “the environment”; and to catalyze discussions on how climate agency might be exercised through visual research, acts of design, and creative practice.

Speakers & exhibitors:
sTo Len, artist & NYC Department of Sanitation artist in residence
LinYee Yuan, MOLD
Linda Schilling Cuellar, AHORA & UDLA
Felipe Shibuya, RISD Nature Lab
Paulo Tavares, University of Brasília
Maggie Tsang, Dept.
Gabriel Cuellar, cadaster
RISD Nature Lab (scans and SEM images from collection)

Photos by Zeyuan Ren

Research project
Open-Air Education, research project, RISD, ongoing

Funded by the RISD 2050 Fund AY22-23.
[Planning in progress]

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