Carlos Bayod and Bika Rebek
Organized by the M.S. Advanced Architectural Design program as part its Techno-Critical Assemblies lecture series.
While much of the architectural design process has shifted towards working with digital tools the practice of architecture has remained largely analogue - in-person, bound to physical offices, working locally. Many students graduating this year will enter a changed work environment and shape the way architectural practice is going to look moving forward.
The last lecture in the series looks at examples of experimental approaches towards working collaboratively online or through hybrid models. The lecture also addresses challenges of increasingly leaning on online tools, like data privacy, licensing and local laws. Students will be asked to think about and sketch out ways they can imagine a future hybrid practice.
New ways of organizing have emerged over the past few months, taking advantage of networked models to decenter and dismantle traditional hierarchical structures. This lecture and workshop will discuss ways that community building, organizing and activism are becoming architectural skills, and the way architectural skills inform these. Many of the tools used in thes processes have been around for yeas, but the combination of social isolation with an increased awareness of the need to develop specifically anti-racist practice has borne these new formats. In this workshop students explore ways to disseminate and lobby for an idea and think about collective ways of production and action.
Guest: Lexi Tsien
This workshop explores hybrid states and design flows, investigating ways in which we can use physical design processes to inform our virtual ones and vice-versa. The workshop will cover 2D , 3D and animation techniques that created blended modes of production and representation. The class speculates on ways of pushing the boundaries of representation through remixing, remeshing, reediting and hybridizing formats.
Guest: Leah Wulfman
The watercooler effect is a popular explanation of scientific evidence showing that people in organizations are more productive the closer they are to each other physically and the more likely they are to run into each other. How can we recreate some of these serendipitous encounters or find new modes of engagement that have similarly beneficial effects online? The first lecture in the series takes us through a series of online space and strategies that enable communities to thrive online.
Guest: Matt Shaw
3D SCANNING IN ARCHITECTURE
This lecture and workshop explores 3D scanning as a process and its potential to drive and change design methods. With an emphasis on Photogrammetry, it gives an introduction to practical scanning methods that can be applied in everyday practice, while speculating on the possibilities of 3D scanning for the discipline at large.
POSTING AND POSING
How is contemporary architectural practice shaped by social media and online formats, particularly in times of social distancing? How is it different to create media for print vs. to be used on the web? Starting from these questions, this workshop and discussion dives into questions of representation and engagement on the web, from self-promotion to political activism.
CRITICAL DISTANCE CONFERENCE
From the Press Release: we have invited four architects, practitioners, and thinkers (Lucia Tahan, FAKT OFFICE, Bika Rebek and Léopold Lambert) whose work goes beyond the built object spectrum and whom are working from different fields creating other narratives for the architectural practice, in order to build some necessary counter-imaginaries for the narrow agenda of the present, and use them to provoke different possible futures.
Rebek, Bika. “ 3D Scanning and the Architectural Imagination: Exploring the Tactility, Materiality, and Collective Use of Virtual Models ”
The Expert, Madame Architect, 2021
Rebek, Bika. “How hybrid teaching could help reinvent architectural education”
Architect’s Newspaper, 2020
Rebek, Bika. “Tools for Show” in Positions - Unfolding Architectural Endeavor
Rebek, Bika. “Authenticity - the reproduction of Plecnik’s parliament of freedom”
Mao Museum Architecture Design 2018
Rebek, Bika. “Playing the Grid” in The Venice Counter-Catalogue
Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2015
Rebek, Bika. “Crime and Redemption: Formal Experimentation in Vienna” in Lobby Magazine N.4, Bartlett School of Architecture, London 2015
Rebek, Bika. “Playing the Grid, a review of the Estonian contribution at the 2014 Venice Biennale”, in Estonian Architectural Review, MAJA, 2014
The Architects Newspaper
Zaha Hadid’s retrospective in Venice: A kaleidoscopic tribute
Sou Fujimoto’s search for lightness at the Chicago Architectural Biennial
Kissing Constructs, Barbara Kasten’s surreal photography at the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Annals Of Computing: “Silicon City” exhibition at the New York Historical Society questions origins of the digital era
CCCP Thesis, advised by Laura Kurgan
Tools for Things: An illustrated study of software