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Elizabeth Monoian

(MFA, Founding Director of LAGI) Elizabeth Monoian (MFA, Carnegie Mellon University) is Co-founder of the Land Art Generator Initiative (together with Robert Ferry), an organization that is developing global partnerships between private and public entities around interdisciplinary projects that address issues of climate and sustainability through the lens of creativity. She works closely with cities, universities, corporations, arts organizations, and community groups to design customized approaches to renewable energy installations. Through LAGI Elizabeth has published, exhibited, and presented globally on…
Laka
February 23, 2017
Experts

Robert Ferry

(RA, LEED AP BD+C, Founding Director of LAGI) Robert Ferry is the Co-Founder of the Land Art Generator Initiative and Studied Impact Design (together with Elizabeth Monoian). He has two decades of professional experience designing and managing high profile capital projects in the US and the UAE. He consults on design strategy for net-zero and net-positive buildings and has contributed to many sustainable development projects around the world, including Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. His concept designs pushing the envelope of…
Laka
February 23, 2017
Experts

Emma van der Leest

(Product & Material Designer in the fields of biodesign and biofabrication) Emma is trained as product designer, but has great interest in the fields of biodesign and biofabrication. As product designer, Emma collaborated with different disciplines, from scientists, physicists, artists and designers. Through a strong design, Emma tells a compelling story. She highlights the crossovers with craft, scientific research and new production techniques. Emma is trying to create an environment where boundaries dissolve, and where different disciplines benefit and learn…
Laka
August 25, 2016
Experts

Felipe Ferrer

(Architect, Educator, Critic, Founder of V.Oid) Felipe works between Lima and New York where he received a M.S. in Advanced Architecture Design at Columbia University graduating with honors receiving the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize. He then joined Diller Scofidio + Renfro in 2005 - 2009. He has taught at Columbia University GSAPP (AAD) and been invited as a critic to numerous schools like Parsons School of Design, Columbia University, Barnard College. He received his bachelor’s degree from UPC in Lima, and…
Laka
October 21, 2016
Experts

Gaël Brulé

(Engineer in sustainable development, Doctor in sociology of happiness, Co-founder of Atelier CMJN, Scientific director of La Fabrique Spinoza) Gaël Brulé is an engineer in sustainable development (INSA(France), KTH(Sweden)) and doctor in sociology of happiness of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Fascinated by the potential contribution of architecture for sustainable development. He co-founded Atelier CMJN, which stands at the crossroads between architecture, sociology and environmental engineering. The studio is based in Paris but works internationally. Gaël is the scientific director of…
Laka
November 20, 2016
News

Echoviren: the interplay of man and nature moderated by technology

Source of original article ARQA: Smith|Allen participated in the Project 387 Residency, located in Mendocino Country from August 4-18, 2013. In the heart of a 150-acre redwood forest, Smith|Allen has created a site responsive, 3D printed architectural installation (the largest of it’s kind): Echoviren. The project merges architecture, art and technology to explore the dialectic between man, machine and nature. The Project 387 open house and reception was Saturday, August 17. Spanning 10 x 10 x 8 feet, Echoviren is a translucent white enclosure, stark and artificial…
Laka
September 20, 2016
Experts

Gianluca Santosuosso

(architect, designer, cofounder and lead designer at UOOU studio) UOOU studio specialises in architecture that connects man-made environments with nature, putting eco- and human-oriented design at the core of its mission. Evolving from its founders’ past experience in experiential design, the studio works with a wide range of clients worldwide, such as in the commercial and residential sector, brands, local communities and cultural institutions. Gianluca has a Master in Self-Sufficient Building Design from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia…
Laka
October 9, 2016
Experts

Gilles Retsin

(Architect, Co-founder of SoftKill Design, Director of Research Cluster 4 at UCL) Gilles Retsin is a London based architect holding a Masters in Architecture + Urbanism (Dist) from the Architectural Association School of Architecture Design Research Laboratory (AA.DRL). Prior to founding his own practice, he worked in Switzerland as a project architect with Christian Kerez, and in London with Kokkugia. He also co-founded SoftKill Design, a collective design studio investigating generative design methodologies for additive manufacturing and 3D-printing. Alongside his…
Laka
August 25, 2016
Experts

Jin Young Song

(Architect, Researcher, Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo, Laureate of the 1st prize in the Laka Competition 2016) Jin Young Song, AIA, is an Assistant Professor at University at Buffalo, and a founder of DIOINNO Architecture PLLC, Buffalo and Seoul based design firm. His interest is in viewing the contemporary façade as a mechanism that integrates manifold technical and non-technical elements, thereby generating a specific relationship between people and the culture. Song’s professional experience includes working for SOM, OMA, Sauerbruch Hutton, and Leers…
Laka
February 23, 2017
Experts

Jongmin Shim

(Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineer, Ph.D., Laureate of the 1st prize in the Laka Competition 2016) Jongmin Shim is an Assistant Professor in the Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at University at Buffalo (UB). Prior to joining University at Buffalo, He received a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Mechanics from MIT in 2010 and worked as a Post-Doc Fellow at Harvard University. Dr. Shim’s research at UB centers on the buckling-induced behavior of flexible mechanical metamaterials, which can be characterized by tunable non-conventional…
Laka
February 23, 2017