The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)--the world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society--has invited SITU partner Brad Samuels to deliver the keynote address at their annual Human Rights Day breakfast in Washington, DC. The keynote, titled UNDISCIPLINED: Reflections at the Intersection of Design, Technology and Human Rights, will focus on SITU Research's Spatial Practice as Evidence and Advocacy (SPEA) initiative and reflect on the opportunities and challenges of applying design thinking and tools in the context of human rights advocacy.
To learn more about the event, click here.
Featured in WIRED and Fast Company, SITU's Solar Canopy system won Best Green Innovation Product at Interior Design’s 2016 BOY Awards, a global design awards program dedicated to the year’s best products and projects.
Developed in collaboration with Brooklyn SolarWorks, the Solar Canopy was created to maximize rooftop solar power for a range of residential buildings in New York City. The Canopy tackles several design challenges for leveraging solar power in urban environments, such as fire code regulations, rooftop obstructions, and the wind load requirements of taller buildings. Designed to significantly reduce residential utility costs and power entire buildings, the Solar Canopy has the potential to transform solar for residents in New York, as well as urban communities nationwide.
Read more about the Solar Canopy here.
Watch footage of the Solar Canopy here.
The Center for Architecture hosted its first Pumpkitecture! pumpkin-carving contest as part of its monthlong Archtober celebration. Twenty practices from the city, including Rockwell Group, Bjarke Ingels Group, and Studio Gang competed for the prized Pritzker Pumpkin. For the competition, SITU cast our pumpkin in rockite, exploring the form of the pumpkin through it's negative space. The pumpkin entitled "How Much Does Your Pumpkin Weigh, Mr. Foster" walked away with the Pritzker Pumpkin.
Read about the competition in Architectural Digest.
SITU Research went to Austin, TX to join designers, advocates, policymakers, and innovators from all over the world at SXSWEco. The team presented its work applying spatial visualization tools to human rights issues and was runner-up in the festival's Place by Design competition.
Explore the amazing sessions and attendees at SXSWEco here.
Working in coordination with Amnesty International, SITU Research released an interactive, digital platform revealing the use of chemical warfare on civilians in Jebel Marra, one of the most remote regions of Darfur. Using satellite imagery and more than 200 in depth interviews, Amnesty's investigation indicates that at least 30 chemical attacks have taken place within the region from January to September of 2016. In collaboration, SITU synthesized geo-spatial information, satellite imagery, witness testimony, and photographs into a single interface to provide a spatial and temporal account of the devastating attacks.
Access the interactive platform here.
Read Amnesty International's full report here.
Partner Wes Rozen presents Generative Fabrication and Representation as part of Columbia Graduate School for Architecture, Planning, and Preservation's MODEL-A-THON Symposium on September 28th, 2016. Generative Fabrication and Representation will examine how design can work with the human body and the environment, and the importance of creating living models that are ever changing and evolving.
Columbia GSAPP's MODEL-A-THON Symposium aims to inspire new ways of attacking design porablems at the eariliest stages of the creative process through strategic [making], to deploy new methodlogies and unorthodox materials in modeling scenarios, and to allow models to be sketchy, fragmentary, diagrammatic, and even non-representation in order to jump-start fresh ways of working.
On Wednesday, September 21st, the Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) premiered SITU Studio's Flight of Light short at the Foscarini showroom in SoHo. Featured as part of ADFF's Short Films Walk, Flight of Light explores the creative process and experience of Duke Riley's 2016 project Fly by Night, a performance art piece organized by Creative Time in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The short documentary captures the beautiful patterns and sensations of Riley's project, which involved the release and return of 2,000 pigeons wearing LED lights into the night sky.
To learn more about ADFF, click here.
SITU Research designed an interactive digital platform that facilitates the organization, analysis, and presentation of evidence within a case tried by the International Criminal Court. The platform was designed specifically for the Al Mahdi case, and integrates spatial and visual technologies to exhibit the destruction of sites of cultural heritage in Timbuktu, Mali. Combining geospatial information, historic satellite imagery, photographs, open source videos and other forms of site documentation, the tool has been used as part of trial proceedings against the defendant, Mr Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, an alleged member of the armed group Ansar Dine, who is charged with participating in the intentional destruction of nine mausoleums and a mosque’s door in 2012. This is the first time such a tool is used at the International Criminal Court and presents a visual and spatial evidentiary model in, inter alia, cases where sites of heritage have been damaged or destroyed.
Read WIRED's article here.
Read our press release here.
Visit the interactive platform here.
SITU Studio submitted a session proposal, entitled Making Space for Learning, to SXSWedu 2017. The session's intent is to contribute a spatial perspective on education environment and trends, and to showcase how physical spaces support hands-on learning, invite experimentation, and foster critical thinking. We have proposed to present our work on Design Lab at the New York Hall of Science, our L+ project for re-envisioning New York's libraries, as well as a few other maker-related projects we have in the works.
Click here to check out our proposal and support us with your vote!
Partner Brad Samuels will lecture alongside Jesse Keenan, the Research Director of Center for an Urban Future (CURE) at Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) as part of the CO-CITY Lecture series. The CO-CITY lecture series is organized by the 5 borough studio in the Urban Design Program at Columbia GSAPP.
For more information and to attend, click here.
SITU Studio has been selected to participate in Storefront for Art and Architecture's exhibition Sharing Models: Manhattanisms. Sharing Models: Manhattanisms proposes 30 visions for the city by 30 international architects. Taking the form of 30 models, each a section of Manhattan, they establish analytical, conceptual, and physical frameworks for inhabiting and constructing urban space. Together, the 30 sections present a visionary composite model of the island of Manhattan, one of the most dense and iconic urban areas in the world.
July 14th Exhibition Opening: 7-9pm, 97 Kenmare St, New York, NY [RSVP]
July 15th-September 2nd, 2016
SITU Partner Brad Samuels will be participating in the Queens Museum's panel, Roundtable on Visualizing Warm Data. Roundtable on Visualizing Warm Data is curated by Eyebeam and is part of a series of programs associated with Nonstop Metropolis, a publication launching at the Queens Museum in November 2016, and a mural commissioned by artist Mariam Ghani, The Garden of Forked Tongues, currently on display at the Queens Museum through July 2016. The discusssion will explore how artists are using techniques originally developed for quantitative anaylsis to research and evoke more slippery, sensorial, affective and/or political effective qualities. Joining Brad in conversation is artist Miriam Ghani, Josh Begley of The Intercept and Dronstream, and Nancy Nowacek of Citizen Bridge.
The roundtable will take place on July 10, 2016 from 2-4pm at the Queens Museum.
For more information on the event, click here.
We are pleased to announce that SITU Partner Wes Rozen will be discussing the future of the energy grid after a preview screening of Power Lines. Presented by the Van Alen Insitute in coordination with The Atlantic and CityLab, Power Lines explores the outdated energy infrastructure that currently puts millions of city dwellers at risk, and reveals ambitious ideas for tomorrow's eletricity networks.
After the screening, Sommer Mathis of CityLab will moderate a conversation between Wes Rozen, Mark Alan Hughes, professor of practice at PennDesign and faculty director of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, author Ginger Strand, and documentary filmmaker Kelly Loudenberg.
To find out more or to attend this event, click here.
Today, June 8th, Walid Raad and SITU Studio open a new installation in the Stommeln Synagogue, a historic institution in Pulheim, Germany that hosts exhibits by acclaimed artists each year.
Building on a 30-year tradition of artists commissioned to re-imagine the synagogue’s interior, Raad and SITU have developed a project that probes the historical, social, and political forces that generate new types of space, while inviting the viewer to question and explore the nature of this transformation.
Below is the project statement created by Raad and SITU:
With this work, we imagine the Stommeln synagogue as a departure and arrival point; an entry and an exit; a beginning and an end; a site for goings and comings; from above to below or below to above; from here to there or there to here; from far to near and near to far. A once synagogue, then stable, then synagogue again, then cultural center, is proposed here as a recently and hurriedly-abandoned cover. A manmade hole in the center of the space surrounded by the traces of objects lifted from or lowered into it. A tunnel, a mine, a depot, a shelter, and/or a vault? Cartels, refugees, dissidents, smugglers, prisoners, occupiers and occupied alike generate innovative spatial strategies. They do not enter and exit through the front door, the window or even the back porch. They unsettle social and legal boundaries, link inside and outside, private and public - crisscrossing vertical and horizontal strata – operating in equal parts logic and will. These material tunnels are complemented by immaterial ones, a tunneling of vision, sound, light, and heat. No need to physically traverse space to reach the other side. Just send a wavelength through bodies, walls, floors, and ceilings and see what lurks on the other side. Brought up to the light or descending into darkness? No. Hide in plain sight. Brought down by light.
Those that are near. Those that are far.
Stommeln Synagogue - Hauptstrasse 85 a, D-50259 Pulheim-Stommeln
Press Conference - Wednesday, June 08, 2016, 4.30PM
Opening - Wednesday, June 08, 2016, 6 PM,with an introductory speech by Almút Sh. Bruckstein
Duration - June 08 - September 25, 2016 Hours - Fridays 3-6 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 1-6 PM, thereafter upon arrangement
Partner Bradley Samuels has been selected to participate in a panel at the Only Brooklyn Real Estate Summit happening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on June 1st, 2016.
For more infomation on the conference, or to attend, click here.
We are pleased to announce that SITU Partner Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny has been selected to present at WORKTECH16 New York talking place May 26-27th.
For more information on the conference, or to attend, click here.
Each year the DUMBO Improvement District honors an annual DUMBO Dozen to showcase 12 individuals/organzations doing amazing work, having a banner year and making DUMBO proud. The ceremony will take place at the DUMBO Annual Meeting on May 19th, 2016.
To learn more about the DUMBO Improvement District and who else is part of the DUMBO Dozen, click here.
Partner Wes Rozen has been asked to participate on a panel discussing the latest in fabrication methods that integrate digital, interactive, and social media technologies. The panel, entitled Design and Fabrication Methods in Interactive Architecture, will be moderated by The Architect's Newspaper's Senior Editor Matt Shaw and will also include Michael Szivos, founder of SOFTlab, and Emily Abruzzo, partner at Abruzzo Bodziak Architects.
For more information, click here.
We are pleased to announce that SITU Partner Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny has been selected to present at the Association for Learning Environments' Southwest Conference entitled Makerspaces: An Active Learning Conference taking place in Phoenix, AZ from April 19-22.
For more information on the conference, or to attend, click here.
SITU Partner Brad Samuels was asked to participate in a panel discussion as part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) CIS Starr Forum on April 14th, 2016 from 4:30-6pm. Starr Forum: Human Rights & Technology is part of a series sponsored by the Starr Foundation of New York that seeks to bring in academics, policymakers, and journalists to discuss pressing issures on the world of international relations and US foreign policy. Brad will be joined by Jay Aronson, the Director of the Center for Human Rights Science at Carnegie Mellon University, Chris McNaboe, the Manager of the Syria Mapping Project at the Carter Center, and Sucharita Varanasi, the MediCapt Project Manager & Senior Program Officer on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones at Physicians for Human Rights.
Information about the event can be found here.
SITU Studio was selected by the New York chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to design and fabricate their inaugural Awards for Excellence in Development. Presented to seven winners on March 10th, 2016, the awards are to celebrate development projects that exemplify excellence in land use practice, and promote the ULI's mssion to creating sustainable communities through responsible leadership.
Find out more about the awards here.
SITU Partner Brad Samuels was asked to present to NYU Law Students. The class focused on tech tools that assist the collection of information and proof of international crimes, and Mr. Samuels presented some SITU Research's current work under SPEA (Spatial Practice as Evidence and Advocacy), as an example of technology's role in international criminal law and justice.
Read more about SPEA here.
SITU partner Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny participated in a panel for the New York Hall of Sciences STEM Night: Careers in Engineering. A special evening event for high school and college students to learn about a wide range of career opportunities, Aleksey spoke along side of Shakila Merchant the Assistant Director of NOAA Crest, Skye Gruen the Director of New Construction & Sustainability at Bright Power, and Hamid James, a Project Engineer at Panasomic System Communications Company, to discuss the scope of roles that one might find themselves in within an engineering career.
See photos from NYSCI's STEM Night: Careers in Engineering here.
SITU and OMA partnered on a semester-long project titled “Design It” at The Urban Assembly Unison School in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The course sought to bring architectural education and concepts to sixth grade students as part of Citizen Schools – an organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day by promoting student achievement and re-imagining education outside of the classroom. Working closely with Citizen School teachers and staff, SITU and OMA led students through an urban design “apprenticeship” to transform an existing bus stop in their Brooklyn neighborhood. Over the course of the semester, the students learned about the fundamentals of site analysis, drawing techniques, and model building. The apprenticeship culminated in a final project presented to teachers and family at SITU’s DUMBO offices.
To learn more and see photos of the students' presentation please visit our blog.
SITU is pleased to announce that partner Brad Samuels will present "The Expanded Role: SITU" at the Canadian Center for Architecture on January 14, 2016. Through a series of case studies the presentation will explore an expanded role for architectural and spatial practice across a range of fields—from human rights and public policy to earth science and workspace design.
This event takes place in conjunction with the exhibition, The Other Architect.
For more information on this event click here.