2011 Teachers Seminar

Teachers Conference 2011 - Performative Practices

2011 Teachers Seminar

Performative Practices: Architecture and Engineering in the Twenty-First Century

June 16-18, 2011 / New York, New York
Co-chairs / Kiel Moe, Northeastern University / William Braham, University of Pennsylvania
Host School / Parsons The New School for Design

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Ivan Illich argued that the modern era of technology, characterized by tools, instrumentality, and function, gave way in the late twentieth century to the age of systems, characterized by complex configurations, self-organization, and emergence. This shift indicts the careful separation of design intention from means of construction codified in architectural contracts as well as the need-finding, problem-solving conventions of engineering practice. The shift from tools to systems heralds the emergence of complex performance problems—active glass walls and self-powered buildings—that demand hybrid responses. New practices are emerging from partnerships of architects, engineers, and others that blur disciplinary boundaries and advance new techniques in design and construction. Yet in architecture and engineering schools, the strictures of traditional curricula and funding structures for faculty and research prevents the same kind of vital professional promiscuity. Ecological, economic, and professional realities demand alternative models.
The 2011 ACSA Teachers Seminar invites faculty in architecture, engineering, construction, and other disciplines to engage in a sustained exploration of new approaches to design and building practice and the education and research experiences that can advance them. The conference will be an opportunity to collect and publish peer-reviewed papers, while bringing to the conference speakers from these performative practices