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This is my blog while at the MSAAD program of the GSAPP of Columbia University. 1st post came with my arrival at NYC. e-mail: eb2283@columbia.edu, ezio@otn.gr, ezioblasetti@gmail.com 

Sunday, May 29, 2005

10:49 AM - choosing studio critic for the summer term

studio critics for the summer term are:
Ed Keller
Jeannie Kim
Laura Kurgan
Thomas Leeser
Mark Rakatansky
Enrique Walker
Mark Wasiuta

and here is some info I found on them online...:

Ed Keller

M.Arch., Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture (1994)
B.A. in music, Simon’s Rock College of Bard (1985)
Ed Keller has taught at Columbia, SCIArc, Parsons, Pratt Institute, Bennington and Rensselaer. He is the co-founder with Carla Leitao of A.UM Studio, an architectural and digital design firm based in New York and Lisbon, and the founder and creative director of a.CHRONO, a design research and consulting practice in New York City. He is the author/editor of 'Chronomorphology', CBA 2003, a compilation survey of studios he taught at Columbia University between 1999 and 2003.
Projects include:
Recent work includes 'Ornament', an online game in development by a.CHRONO; the 'House for Andrei Tarkovsky' competition, first prize; and several residential projects in both Portugal and New York State.


Laura kurgan
Laura Kurgan, principal of Laura Kurgan Architecture in New York City, explores the interface between building, electronic media, and information technology in both her art and her architecture. She recently completed the new offices for WITNESS, a human rights organization that distributes video technology and training to local activists. Past projects include Around Ground Zero, a fold-out map of the area around the site of the World Trade Center, widely and freely distributed in the months after September 2001. Over the last decade she has worked with new spatial information and mapping technologies, especially declassified satellite imagery and GPS technology. This work, which has been exhibited internationally, is collected in You Are Here: Post-Military Technology and the New Landscape of Satellite Images. Kurgan is currently Director of Visual Studies and Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Thomas leeser
Leeser Architecture
Founded in 1989 by Thomas Leeser, Leeser Architecture is known internationally for design innovation and their integration of new technologies into physical spaces.The firm's work encompasses architectural design at all scales--from urban planning to furniture design. Leeser Architecture's designs emerge from cultural, social, and technological patterns present in the site or situation they are engaging. Their projects frequently use technology to reframe our understanding of architectural conventions and production. By shaping and then harnessing our awareness of these forces they create complex and richly varied spatial experiences.Leeser Architecture maintains an "open office" which engages in collaborations across conventional disciplines. Working closely with other architects, artists, graphic and landscape designers, and engineers has allowed the office to remain streamlined and focused while also taking on large-scale projects.
2004 Invited to exhibit Design School Zollverein project at this year's Venice Bienalle and install two new media installations that relate to the project.
2002 Architectural Record Award for Excellence in Design for "Glass", "Bot" and "Pod"
2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Architecture and Design Discretionary Grant for 3LD New Media Arts Center design
2002 Finalist Award for Design School Zollverein, Essen, Germany
2003 Finalist Award for Pontecagnano Faiano European Center for Creativity
2004 Finalist in 2012 Ideas competition to design the Olympic Village in collaboration with MVRDV and StoSS2002 New York Foundation for the Arts Architecture & Design Commissioning Grant for 3LD New Media Arts Center design
2001 James Beard Foundation: 2001 "Best Design Award" for "Glass"
2001 Finalist Award for Eyebeam Atelier Museum for Art and Technology, Chelsea, New York
2001 Finalist Award for Electronic Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
2001 Second Place Award for the design of a virtual university for the ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
2000 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award

Mark rakatansky
Spatial Narratives
"There is no mute architecture. All architects, all buildings "tell stories" with varying degrees of consciousness. Architecture is permeated with narratives because it is constituted within a field of discourses and economies (formal, psychological, and ideological), to any one aspect of which it cannot be reduced, from any one of which it cannot be removed. "

Mark wasiuta
Blur building
Media Associate
Meeting 4, Thursday 24 February

Cybernetics and Architecture
Guest intervention by Mark Wasiuta, GSD PhD Program

good luck at the lottery...

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10:47 AM - AAD 2004-05 graduation party

maria, nice party yesterday night...

slideshow from the party...


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Friday, May 27, 2005

2:09 AM - The Topological State of Mutation

From the Beauty to the Beast
Instuctor: Herman Diaz Alonso

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

9:25 PM - registration day

Columbia University
graduate school of architecture
Registration Day for AAD & UD Programs

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

9:18 PM - ... home

... home:
17 Ft George Hill Apt 7F
New York NY 10040

view from my window!

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11:04 AM - 25may 2005

25may 2005 - arrive to JFK - NYC ;-)
photo from Dimitris BLX

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