Curator Maia Small moderated a panel at the ACSA 100th Annual Meeting, hosted by MIT, in Boston March 3rd, 2012.
>> WHERE ARE WE NOW: ARCHIVE looks at how digital probes precipitated contemporary fields
In September 2000, Architecture ran a profile of The Computer School that suggested that there was a grand experiment in digital design developing at the Columbia University GSAPP, but also Penn, UCLA, and others. While at the time the larger community of architectural academia expressed concern over its meaning or suggested lack thereof, now, more than ten years later, ARCHIVE, the exhibit celebrating contemporary architectural education, presents an opportunity to reflect on it effects. What did the "experiment" truly yield for architecture education? The profession? How has that experience translated into career trajectories, the expansion of critical practice, or its graduates' ways of thinking?
Within its exhibits, ARCHIVE emphasizes three topics currently evident in contemporary architectural education: Second Responder, humanitarian and global issues; Being Resourceful, sustainability and infrastructure; and The Beauty Pageant, experiments in the digital, fabrication, communication and building performance. This panel will discuss these and other aspects of contemporary architectural education and how they may have emerged from experiments in the 1990s.
Ashley Schafer, Ohio State University & co-editor Praxis Journal
Andrew Vrana, University of Houston & METALAB
Brad Bell, University of Texas at Arlington & TEXLAB
Michael Kubo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology & director pinkcomma gallery