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GSAPP Political and cultural conditions change: what if the walls and windows morphed in response? Air and water quality fluctuate: what if a cloud of light above the river modulated its color as a public display of contamination? Demands for occupation of space shift across days, seasons, and years: what if traditionally mute and inert building materials appeared and disappeared accordingly? A dynamic world calls for responsiveness. Responsiveness in architecture calls for new systems. New and untested systems call for full-scale prototyping. The Living Architecture Lab experiments with new systems and adaptive technologies through open source, collaborative, hands-on design. Each of the Lab's projects involves components for input, processing, and output. Yet each project is a beginning rather than an end. On a larger scale, the projects are designed as swappable modules in new and existing buildings. Precedent projects include:

View Hundreds of Architecture Magazines Online With This Digital Archive By Hanley Wood and NCMH View Hundreds of Architecture Magazines Online With This Digital Archive By Hanley Wood and NCMH North Carolina Modernist Homes (NCMH) and Hanley Wood (parent company of ARCHITECT) have partnered to create Colossus: a new digital archive of 20th century architectural publications, reports Architect Magazine. When complete, it will be the largest digital archive of modern architecture magazines, with over 1.3 million pages. For NCMH, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and documentation of mid-century modernist residential architecture, Colossus is a natural next step. Finds in the archive can range from informative to humorous to nostalgic.

チャットレディシークレット David Benjamin's The Living Evolves The Living's installation, Hy-Fi, in the courtyard at MoMA/P.S.1 in Queens, New York. The smell is distinctive—not offensive, but definitely farm-like. “I think it smells like hay,” says architect David Benjamin looking up at the three conjoined brick towers rising above the courtyard at MoMA/P.S.1, the Museum of Modern Art-administered contemporary art space in Queens, New York. Benjamin made his olfactory observation last week at an opening event for Hy-Fi, a temporary installation designed by his firm, The Living. Constructed after winning MoMA’s annual Young Architects Program competition, the work opened to the public on June 28 and will occupy the courtyard for the duration of the summer. The biological brick-making process is typical of The Living, a seven-person office based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, that Benjamin has helmed while also heading Columbia University's Living Architecture Lab.

Architecture The Ordos Prize Launches A new architecture prize, the Ordos Prize, has just been announced - the first architecture prize to emerge from Asia, and China’s first international prize for architectural achievement. The prize is co-sponsored by the City of Ordos in Inner Mongolia, hence the title, and the Jiang Yuan Cultural & Creativity Development Co. The prize is intended to honor a young, emerging architect displaying “intellectual rigor and formal brilliance”. Prize is first to award a commission to design a buildingWorld’s leading architects participate; Rem Koolhaas heads jury ORDOS, Inner Mongolia, China – May 27, 2009 – A new international architecture prize from China, the first ever from Asia, was announced today to honor a young architect at a pivotal point in his or her career. Ordos Prize Meeting The Ordos Prize is the first architecture prize to award a commission to design a building. “We are very proud to be a benefactor for the Ordos Prize,” says Mr. Ordos Museum

Shape Shifter | Architect Magazine A Nobel laureate sits in the corner of the light-filled dining room, but David Benjamin is too busy trading stories with a world-renowned developmental biologist to notice. Spotting a Nobelist such as Günter Blobel (awarded the prize in 1999 for physiology) isn’t unusual at Rockefeller University, a celebrated biomedical research center on the Upper East Side in New York. Rather, it is Benjamin and his graduate students from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) who stand out among the scientists eating lunch there on this March afternoon. Benjamin and his protégés have come for an informal pin-up and laboratory tour with Ali Brivanlou, the pioneering stem cell and embryo development researcher. It’s not a typical day in the studio for the students, but for Benjamin, 38, crossing disciplines represents the core of his work. After you studied social studies as an undergrad, how did you find your way to architecture? — 20th Century Architecture Imagining Recovery: Open International Design Ideas Competition MArch from Columbia University sent us this interesting information. They are organizing an open international design ideas competition called Imagining Recovery, which is hosted with support from C-LAB and in collaboration with the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. The competition asks designers to imagine what recovery can look like, acting to supplement the maps, charts and graphs of with images of lived experience. The competition coincides with the first 100 days of the Obama presidency, and pairs design participants with students of the Global Public Policy Network to participate in a 10 day online forum to collectively write the brief, advocating a model of designers participating in the initial imaginings of recovery. Submissions are due on April 29, 2009, Day 100 of the Obama presidency. For more information, go to Imagining Recovery official website.

Federici + Benjamin - Synthetic Aesthetics "Biocomputation" by David Benjamin and Fernan Federici has recently been exhibited at En Vie/ Alive: New Design Frontiers at the Espace Fondation EDF, Paris, France, April 26 2013–September 1 2013. It was also shown at at Biodesign at the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, September 27 2013–January 26 2014, curated by William Myers. "In the growing discipline of synthetic biology, living systems are engineered to help solve problems across various industries. In this project, bacteria become factories for manufacturing building materials through a combination of three of their natural features. This process, which is still being refined in the lab, is then modelled in a software workflow. The resulting composite sheets have novel properties of structure and transparency, and they can be applied to new high-performance envelopes in buildings, boats and aeroplanes.

ARQ - Graduate Architecture INTERVIEW: Biotect David Benjamin on Building The World's First Mushroom Tower at PS1 You may have heard the riddle about mushrooms being the only rooms with no walls, but David Benjamin is flipping the script on the old joke with some incredible mycotecture built from mushroom bricks! The architect and his firm, The Living, are pushing the boundaries of design by experimenting with biotecture, blurring the lines between biology and built environments. Their latest efforts have culminated in the world’s first tower made from fungus, which debuted at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York last week. INHABITAT: Your awesome experimental mushroom-brick Hy Fy towers just opened at the MoMA’s PS1 museum in New York City. DAVID: As far as we know, this is the first large structure made of agricultural byproducts and a mushroom root—or fungus—called mycelium. INHABITAT: How do you feel about the towers now that they are up? DAVID: Great! INHABITAT: How did you come up with the idea to use self-assembling bricks made of mycelium for the Hy-Fi tower? DAVID: More experiments. + The Living