Schedule / Debate Groups

 

2015 ACSA Fall Conference: Between the Autonomous & Contingent Object
October 8-10, 2015 | Syracuse, NY
Host School: Syracuse University School of Architecture
Co-chairs: Roger Hubeli & Julie Larsen, Syracuse University
 

In the spirit of the debate-style format, moderators have determined motions for their 'Debate Groups' that will spur differences of opinion on the topics. Following is a preliminary conference schedule.
 
                           
 
Abstract Book
  Conference Program




THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2015



1:30 - 3:00
MOTION: “Today’s Computational Processes that aim to create fully Optimized Objects are just another Form of Utopianism Doomed to Fail”
    Debate Group Moderator: Anne Munly, Syracuse University



Toward an Axiomatic Figuration of Form: Design Composition in the Age of Contingency


    Liane Hancock, Louisiana Tech University & Pasquale De Paola, Louisiana Tech University





S.N.A.F.U. Drawing: Of Many Lines  But One Mind


    Chris Cornelius, University of Wis-Milwaukee





The Material Modulation of Objects


    Samuel Bernier-Lavigne, Université Laval





Combining Structural Topology Optimization and Big Area Additive Manufacturing


    Nik Nikolov, Lehigh University





Design Innovation: Thoughts on Bicycle Wheels, Wings  and Three Large Tensegrity Structures


    Charles Debelius, Appalachian State University & D. Jason Miller, Appalachian State University





MOTION: “Under the Invisibility Cloak, Where the Autonomy of Objects is Irrelevant”
    Debate Group Moderator: Yutaka Sho, Syracuse University



From Autonomy toward Anonymity in Architecture


    Joshua Taron, University of Calgary





The Camouflage Laboratory: Architectures of Concealment  Deception and Decoy


    Antonio Furgiuele, ACSA Introductory Member





From Autonomy to Annihilation: The Paradoxical Position of Autonomous Architecture


    Alireza Karbasioun, University of Nebraska-Lincoln





Autonomy and the Culture of Reuse


    Seung Ra, Oklahoma State University & Sarah Ra



3:30 - 4:00
Coffee Break (Provided)



4:00 -5:30
MOTION: “Architecture is no object.”
    Debate Group Moderator: Ted Brown, Syracuse University 
     


Café Fargo 


    Georg Rafailidis, University At Buffalo, SUNY





Friendly Characters: From Projective to Narrative 


    Joseph Altshuler, Rice University





Form After Urbanism: The Potential of Grossform 


    Martin Haettasch, University of Texas at Austin





Flexible City: architecture as infrastructure 


    Farzana Gandhi, NYIT & Matthias Altwicker, NYIT





Constellations of the In-between 


    Lorinc Vass, University of British Columbia





MOTION: “The Architectural Object Gains Internal Coherence And Becomes Instrumental Through Resistance”
    Debate Group Moderator: Kyle Miller, Syracuse University



Schinkel-ish - fragmented vernacular versus void mimicry


    Maya Alam, Syracuse University





Process then Positions (or Our History after Hays?)


    Maximiliano Spina, SCI-Arc & Jia Gu, UCLA





Simulating Paradoxes 


    Jason Van Nest, NYIT & Mathew Ford, NYIT





Projective Geometries  Projective Fictions:  Reading Robin Evans 


    Jeremy Voorhees, Temple University



5:30 - 6:00
Coffee Break (Provided)
6:30 - 7:30
Opening Presentation: Brett Steele, AA School or Architecture
7:30 - 8:30
Syracuse Reception



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2015



9:00 - 10:30
MOTION: “In the Digital Age of Architecture, Internet of Things (IoT) and Open Innovation (OI) are the future systems of the Architectural Object”
    Debate Group Moderator: Wendy W. Fok, Harvard University



Virtual architecture as political possibility 


    Adrian Blackwell, University of Waterloo





Critical Autonomy: The Role of the Architect in the Age of Open Source


    Jaya Beange, University of Manitoba





Architecture and the Unspeakable 


    John Szot, Columbia University





The Per[form]ance of Mediated Environments 


    Amber Bartosh, Syracuse University
   
    Not Clearly Classifiable: Brian Lonsway, Syracuse University - PRESENTER





MOTION: “The contingent object has shed the dialectical straitjacket of architectural theory by embracing the diverse processes of practice.”
    Debate Group Moderator: Martin Haettasch, University of Texas at Austin



Interstice and Symbiosis: The Autonomy/Contingency Mash-up


    Ingrid Strong, Wentworth IT





The Light House as Productive Contingency


    Rudolf Perold, Cape Peninsula Uni-Tech; Oswald Devisch, Hasselt U.; Hermie Delport-Vougarelis & June Jordaan





Designed and Emergent Tectonics: Resituating Architectural Knowledge


    Sophia Psarra, Bartlett





Architecture out of the Boudoir?


    Ole Fischer, University of Utah



10:30 - 11:00
Coffee Break (Provided)



11:00 - 12:30
MOTION: “The Object’s Whole is No Thing Without Its Parts”
    Debate Group Moderator: Kory Bieg, University of Texas at Austin



Casting Out: Rachael Whiteread's Spatial Impressions


    Peter Wong, University of North Carolina at Charlotte





A Matter of Tolerance


    Genevieve Baudoin, Kansas State University





Equipment Free


    Aaron Forrest, RISD & Yasmin Vobis





The Finite Set 


    Troy Schaum, Rice University





MOTION: “Aesthetics (of objects and territories alike) will rescue us from the determinism of systems thinking.”
    Debate Group Moderator: Janette Kim, Syracuse University



Geographic Object 


    Neyran Turan, Rice University





Toward New Coastal Form


    Michael Jefferson, Cornell University





Autonomy and Contingency in Urban Contexts


    Jane Wolff, U. of Toronto; Derek Hoeferlin, Washington U. in St. Louis & Elise Shelley, U. of Toronto
     
    Post Rock Aesthetics: Meredith Miller, University of Michigan - PRESENTER



12:30 - 1:30
LUNCH (on your own)



1:30 - 3:00
MOTION: “Architectural Practice Can Only Shake The Momentum Of Today's Political Economy By Focusing On The Careful Reconfiguration Of Existing Architectural Objects.” 
    Debate Group Moderator: Adrian Blackwell, University of Waterloo



Mat(t)ereality


    Nikole Bouchard, University of Wis-Milwaukee





Material Contingency in Computation


    James Forren, Dalhousie University





The City-House-Model


    Dennis Maher, University At Buffalo, SUNY





SNAFU (Situation Normal All F'ed Up)


    Jonathan Louie, Syracuse University





Of both Processes and Forces


    Aleksandr Mergold, Cornell University





MOTION: “There are only contingent architectural objects.”
    Debate Group Moderators:  Jim Bassett & Paola Zellner, Virginia Tech



Filling the Voids: A Framework for Addressing Patterns of Urban Vacancy


    Sara Queen, David Hill & Andrew Fox, North Carolina State University





Alles ist Design?: Hans Hollein  the Cooper-Hewitt and “ManTRANSforms” (1976)


    Elizabeth Keslacy, University of Michigan





The Difficult Pragmatics of Sanaa’s Rolex Learning Center


    Cynthia Ottchen, Florida International University





A conceptual space for architecture: singularity through ecological contingency


    Michelle Laboy, Northeastern University





MOTION: “Right Now, We Are Making Ordinary Objects Again”
    Debate Group Moderator: Benjamin Farnsworth, Syracuse University



Wroughten


    Jean Jaminet, Mount Holyoke College





Postmodern Computation: Processing Autonomous Objects


    Marc Manack, University of Arkansas





Weird Functionalism


    Adam Fure, University of Michigan





Economies of Material Effect


    Lonn Combs, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst.



3:30 - 4:00
Coffee Break (Provided)



4:00 -5:30
MOTION: “Object Specifics: New Figures But Still Old Problems”
    Debate Group Moderator: Kyle Reynolds, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee



From Contingency to Autonomy: The “Learning from” Manifesto and the American Midwest


    Stewart Hicks, University of Illinois at Chicago





A Hotel is Not a Home: Strange Sites and Shapes


    Max Kuo, Harvard University





Ornament and the Sublime: Yamasaki


    Joss Kiely, University of Michigan





Between Extremism and White Noise: Constructing a New Real in Architecture


    Stefano Passeri, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute





The Absurd Alibi


    Joseph Godlewski, Syracuse University





MOTION: “The Architectural Object is not a Reliable Model for Urban Activism” 
    Debate Group Moderator: Lawrence Chua, Syracuse University



The Subjects of Performance


    Neeraj Bhatia, California College of the Arts 





Gilding Sparkle and Polish: Towards a New Aesthetic of Social Practice


    Anya Sirota, University of Michigan





Megaform: Form and Performance of the Large-Scale Architectural Object


    Tulay Atak, SCI-Arc & Dragana Zoric, Pratt Institute





The Specter of Symmetry


    David Salomon, Ithaca College



5:30 - 6:00
Coffee Break (Provided)
6:30 - 7:30
Plenary Presentation: Hernan Diaz Alonso, Sci-Arch



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2015



9:00 - 10:30
MOTION: “No Architecture without a Theory of the Relationship to Context”
    Debate Group Moderator: Sophia Psarra, University College of London



Singular vs. Multiple Modern Aesthetics in the Globalized World


    Yutaka Sho, Syracuse University





Adapt or Die! A selection of opportunistic work in NYC


    John Locke, Columbia University





Autonomy of Performance


    Chris Meyer, Harvard University





Transplantable Urban Design for Polynuclear Cities


    Kory Bieg, University of Texas at Austin





MOTION: “Contextualism Is A Slow Death Wish For The Objecthood Of The Discipline”
    Debate Group Moderator: Lydia Kallipoliti, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
     


Fast and Furious


    Joyce Hwang, University At Buffalo, SUNY





An Architectural Folly for the Anthropocene 


    Chris Perry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. & Cathryn Dwyre, Pratt Institute





Quasi- Objects / Simultaneous Resonance and Contradiction


    Jonathan A. Scelsa, Rhode Island School of Design





Technical Objects for Public Ecosystems


    Diego Garcia-Setien, Arizona State University
     
    Will This kill That? The Persistence of Architectural Autonomy: James Lowder, The Cooper Union  - PRESENTER





MOTION: “Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Be Closer than They Appear”
    Debate Group Moderator: Stewart Hicks, University of Illinois at Chicago



Please Don’t Feed the Animals!


    Whitney Moon, University of Wisconsin





Learning from the Golden Gloves: Characters Camps and Contingencies


    Julia Sedlock, NJIT





Crowns


    Kyle Reynolds, University of Wisconsin


    Jeff Mikolajewski





Surface Relief: An Argument for Things in the Round


    Ellie Abrons, University of Michigan





Of-Figures vs. Like-Figures


    Kelly Bair, University of Illinois at Chicago



10:30 - 11:00
Coffee Break (Provided)
11:00 - 12:30
Plenary Presentation: Amale Andraos, Columbia University
12:30 - 1:30
LUNCH (Provided)
1:30 - 3:00
Closing Debate: Amale Andraos, Hernan Diaz-Alonso & Brett Steele


Moderator: Michael Speaks, Syracuse University