| SUNDAY READING | Process, a new role for the architect

TEDGlobal 2012 - June 25 - 29, 2012, Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: Ryan LashProcess, a new role for the architect: Michael Hansmeyer at TEDGlobal 2012

As an architect, Michael Hansmeyer asks, “What is the origin of the forms we design?” And he asks: “What kind of forms would we design if we had no bias, if we had no preconception? What kind of forms would we design if we could free ourselves from our education?”

“How,” he says, “Would we go about creating something truly new?” His idea is to look to nature. Not to copy it, but to use the processes of nature to design something new.

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| NOW | Network Patents

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With the University of San Diego (USD)

July 10 – 12, 2014

IUAV & OfficeUS, Venice 

To continue its architectural investigations, OfficeUS is hosting a series of workshops with a diverse cast of visiting experts. This week, the office explores Network Patents, one of the 25OfficeUS Issues with a team organized by the University of San Diego (USD), who will be visiting us on the occasion of Buckminster Fuller’s 119th birthday.

Bucky Fuller’s Artifacts, Concepts, Inventions

Thursday, July 10th, 5-6:30pm, IUAV

Daniel López-Pérez Ph.D. (Department of Art, Architecture and Art History, University of San Diego)

López-Pérez will speak about Fuller’s Artifacts (Prototypes), Concepts (Synergetic Definitions), Inventions (Patents) and the search for “Network Thinking” into the present.

Network Thinking: Contemporary Notions of Research and Practice

Friday, July 11th, 11:00-12:30pm, IUAV

Hanif Kara (FIStructE) (Hon FRIBA) (AKTII, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design)

Kara will speak about ”Design Engineering” through the work of AKTII, the difference between ”Research” and ”Design (Re)search” through the work of P.ART; contemporary design trends and opportunities for future research projects.

Commemorating R. Buckminster Fuller’s 119th Birthday!

Saturday, July 12th, 11:00-1:00pm, OfficeUS in the Pavilion

Joachim Krausse Ph.D. (Dessau Department of Design, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences) and Daniel López-Pérez

Krausse will speak about Fuller’s notion of Planetarium, the Geodesic Dome as “your private sky,” and the geometrical explorations with the “Jitterburg Transformation”. López-Pérez will speak about Fuller’s “World-Man” lecture, delivered at Princeton in 1966, along with a number of experiments that explored the concepts of Tensegrity, Geoscope, Wealth and Total Challenge.

From Fuller´s Manhattan Dome to Aerópolis

Saturday, July 12th, 11:00-12:00pm, OfficeUS in the Pavilion

Nerea Calvillo Ph.D. (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Calvillo will speak about contemporary practices focused on environmentalism, and Fuller’s legacy upon these.

Network Patents at OfficeUS has been organized in partnership with The University of San Diego. 


| FLASHBACK | Seinfeld

Every friday we are going to ‘Flashback’ to moments that need to be preserved for their impact on how we look at, think about, and react to modern design in fashion and culture, today and tomorrow.

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| SSWTR & Friends | Jeanine Oleson: Hear, Here

Documentation of Hear, Here at New Museum, June 14, 2014Documentation of Hear, Here at New Museum, June 14, 2014Jeanine Oleson, Hear, Here, experimental opera at New Museum, NY, June 13-14, 2014.

Writer/Director: Jeanine Oleson; Composers: Rainy Orteca and Kelly Pratt (aurihorn solos); Performers: Beth Griffith, David Gould, Lisa Reynolds, Sister, Diwa Tamrong, Tony Torn and nyx zierhut; Musicians: Rainy Orteca, Kelly Pratt and John Michael Swartz; Costumes: Kim Charles Kay; Lighting Design: Derek Wright; Stage Manager: Sofia Quirno.