Social Science Challenging and Reinforcing Spatial Design: From Çatalhöyük to Networked Innovation Communities

On 4.20.16, the AIANY Social Science & Architecture Committee hosted a multidisciplinary event entitled “Exploring the Past, Defining the Future: The History of Social Science and Architecture.” The program kicked off with opening remarks by the moderator and co-founder of the committee, Evie Klein, Assoc. AIA, followed by presentations by each of the four speakers that collectively aimed to narrate the intersection of social science and architecture and design in very broad strokes. The sentiment that resonated throughout the presentations and the discussion that followed is that there is a profound need for social scientists to participate in a more dynamic design process. This is the first event in a three-part series that emphasizes the capacity for social science research to shape the way that we build livable, equitable, and resilient cities for rapidly growing urban populations globally. Continue reading “Social Science Challenging and Reinforcing Spatial Design: From Çatalhöyük to Networked Innovation Communities”

Challenging the Entrenched Conventions of Architecture

On 04.06.16, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects and Global Dialogues Committees hosted a panel discussion about the ways in which new forms of media are forcing the architecture industry to re-envision the way it defines itself, and how it communicates the industry’s values to everyone else who holds a stake in the built environment. The conversation was kicked off by David Basulto, a formally-trained architect who co-founded the website ArchDaily, an immense virtual repository of architectural news, images, information, and interviews. Today, ArchDaily attracts 700,000 daily visits, making it one of the world’s most visited architecture websites. The success of ArchDaily, a startup that was incubated in Santiago, Chile, is a testament to the globalization of architectural thought and practice. The Internet has catalyzed this globalization, Basulto explained, by creating networks to connect people and issues, regardless of their location. With urban populations anticipated to grow exponentially across the globe, he sees the architect as playing a key role in helping to design and build a more just and sustainable future. Continue reading “Challenging the Entrenched Conventions of Architecture”

Programming Spaces: Shaping User Experience from the Building to the Space In Between

People and space are inexorably linked, and therefore cannot be studied in isolation. This intersection is the main focus of the newly-formed AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee, which aims to bring social science tools to the forefront of the architectural practice. On 02.23.16, the Committee hosted its inaugural event, Program Cubed: Shaping Our Intentions, Our Experiences, and Our Buildings, to discuss the multiple meanings of the term “program” in relation to people, place, and space. Continue reading “Programming Spaces: Shaping User Experience from the Building to the Space In Between”