SoA EX-CHANGE

EX-CHANGE is a publication and year-end exhibition celebrating the work of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture from 1st year to PhD. Inaugurated in 2017, EX-CHANGE represents an ongoing opportunity to shine new light on the SoA’s programs and to position the work within larger questions of research and practice.


Publications

Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials: Characterization, Properties, and Applications, (2nd ed.) (2019)

Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials: Characterisation, Properties and Applications provides a comprehensive repository of information on materials science and the modern structural engineering application of ancient, vernacular, and nonconventional building materials, with leading experts contributing chapters that focus on current applications and the engineering of these construction materials.

Adjunct Faculty Lola Ben-Alon co-authored “Chapter 4: Codes and Standards Development for Nonconventional and Vernacular Materials” with co-authors Harries, K. A. & Sharma, B.

 

Pittsburgh Municipal Building Benchmarking Report (2019)

By Flore Marion, PhD-BPD candidate and the Sustainability and Resilience Division of the Department of City Planning (Pittsburgh)

The Pittsburgh Municipal Building Benchmarking Report is part of Pittsburgh's goal to eliminate water and energy waste and is a testament to the ways in which the SoA and City of Pittsburgh can work together to achieve shared goals. In May 2018, Pittsburgh City Council approved the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan 3.0, under which the City seeks to achieve dramatic greenhouse gas reductions by 2050 in an effort to address climate change and create a stronger, healthier, and more resilient Pittsburgh. Under this plan, established by Mayor William Peduto, the City aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050. It also seeks to reduce energy and water use by 50 percent by 2030.

 

Women and GIS: Mapping Their Stories (2019)

By Esri Press

Teaching Professor Kristen Kurland is one of 23 women featured in this publication from Esri Press. Her chapter "The Heart of a Giving Teacher" includes her work in GIS and Urban Design at Carnegie Mellon University.

Women look to other women as role models and for inspiration. Seeing confidence, leadership, and accomplishments in other women helps a young woman envision herself with those qualities. Women and GIS: Mapping Their Stories tells the tales of how 23 women applied themselves and overcame obstacles, using maps, analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS) to contribute to their professions and the world. Sharing the experiences of their childhoods, the misstarts and challenges they faced, and the lessons they learned, each story is a celebration of a woman’s unique path and of the perseverance and hard work it takes to achieve success. From oceanographers to activists, archaeologists to entrepreneurs, the women in Women and GIS: Mapping Their Stories can serve as mentors to motivate readers who are developing their own life stories and inspire their potential in a new way.

 

Flexibility and Design: Learning from the School Construction Systems Development (SCSD) Project (2018)

By Joshua D. Lee

The first book by Assistant Professor Joshua D. Lee, PhD, AIA, published by Routedge, questions flexibility as a design approach by providing a longitudinal analysis of an innovative architectural experiment called the School Construction Systems Development (SCSD) project. The SCSD pioneered the use of performance specifications to create an open, prefabricated, and integrated system of building components that provided four modes of flexibility. Educational facilities throughout California used the SCSD system and it spawned a variety of similar projects throughout North America. This book traces the development and subsequent use of the system over 50 years through archival research, personal observations, re-photography, re-surveying, plan evaluations, interviews, and an advertisement analysis. These new findings provide useful insights for architects, educators, historic preservationists, and others about the affordances of spatial flexibility, the difficulties associated with technological transfer, the impact of unstable market conditions, the importance of user input during the planning process, and the need for long-term social relations to sustain architectural experiments.

 

Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies (2018)

By Lisa M. Abendroth & Bryan Bell

This guidebook presents the pedagogical framework and collective curriculum necessary to teach public interest designers. The book’s editors and contributors feature a range of learning competencies supported by distinct teaching strategies where educational and community-originated goals unite. Written in a guidebook format that includes projects from across design disciplines, this book describes the learning deemed most critical to pursuing an inclusive, informed design practice that meets the diverse needs of both students and community partners. The book features the work of the UDBS and PROJECT RE_.

 

Designing the Computational Image, Imagining Computational Design (2017)

Exhibition Catalog Curated by Professor Daniel Cardoso Llach

Designing the Computational Image, Imagining Computational Design at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon is an exhibition showcasing rare photographs, film, high-quality reproductions, and interactive software reconstructions examining the formative period of numerical control and Computer-Aided Design technologies (1949-1976), along with a selection of experimental work by computational designers working today.

 

Computational Design: Practices, Histories, Infrastructures symposium (2017)

Symposium Brochure Organized by Professor Daniel Cardoso Llach

This two-day event at Carnegie Mellon University examines computation as a subject of both scholarly and creative inquiry in architecture and other design fields. It accompanies the exhibition Designing the Computational Image, Imagining Computational Design and seeks to situate contemporary design methods in architecture and other creative fields in relation to broader histories, disciplinary frames, and technical infrastructures.

 

of More-Than-Human Spaces (2017)

An Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion Organized by Professor Nida Rehman

This interdisciplinary panel discussion reflects on the historical roles (expected and unexpected) of non-human others in crafting urban and regional landscapes, and the politics, biopolitics, and aesthetics of more-than-human interactions. Participants will foreground their work on, with or alongside non-humans, in blurred 'nature-culture borderlands', to rethink the messy politics of expertise, the assemblage of agency, and explore the unforeseen spaces that design and planning entail. 


inter·punct Student Journal

inter·punct is a journal for architecture founded by students at Carnegie Mellon University and supported by the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture. The journal has released two issues - para·meter (2013) and inter·view (2016).

For more information, contact inter·punct advisors Mary-Lou Arscott mlarscott@cmu.edu or Spike Wolff lwolff@andrew.cmu.edu.