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Thu 05.02.2013

Viral Voices: Global Discussions


When: 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM THURSDAY, MAY 2

Where: At The Center   

The AIANY Global Dialogues Committee has dedicated this year to “uncovered connections,” with the intent of investigating issues that are similarly impacting multiple regions, cultures and individuals. Viral Voices: Global Discussions will explore the impact that social media, technology and device culture are having on our design process, and ultimately the way we practice. How do we shape a global conversation? How are we changing the relationships between academia and the profession? What is the impact of hyper information sharing and critique?

Throughout the evening, the topics of communication, research, collaboration, and data distribution will be addressed and debated.
Mark Wigley, Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University and David Basulto with David Assael of ArchDaily will come together for an evening discussing how these technologies affect the relationships between academia and profession. Following their talks, Clifford Pearson from Architecture Record will moderate a panel discussion beteween the speakers and Carlo Aiello from eVolo, David Fano from CASE, Jill Fehrenbacher from Inhabitat, Toru Hasegawa from The Morpholio Project/the GSAPP Cloud Lab, Tim Maly from Wired magazine and Cliff Kuang from Fast Company addressing the impact that social media, technology and device culture are having on our design process, and ultimately the way we participate in a global discussion.


Mark Wigley: Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University
An accomplished scholar and design teacher, Mark Wigley has written extensively on the theory and practice of architecture and is the author of Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire (1998); White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (1995); and The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida’s Haunt (1993). He co-edited The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationalist Architectures from Constant’s New Babylon to Beyond (2001). Wigley has served as curator for widely attended exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Drawing Center, New York; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and Witte de With Museum, Rotterdam. He received both his Bachelor of Architecture (1979) and his Ph.D. (1987) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

David Basulto and David Assael, Chile: Co-founders, ArchDaily
David Basulto and David Assael are co-founders of Plataforma Networks and editors of ArchDaily. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for the next three billion people moving into cities over the next 40 years, by providing knowledge, inspiration and tools for architects. Basulto was invited to be part of the jury for the XVII Chile Biennale and coordinator for the Chilean exhibit at the XVII Ecuador Pan-American Biennale. He was also a guest critic at the 44th Architecture Salon in Croatia and served on the jury of the 2010 Young Architects Award by the Young Architects Association of Catalunya, Spain, as well as a juror for the XVII Chile Biennale and the Chilean Selection for the VII Iberoamerican Biennale. He was coordinator of the Chilean Selection for the XVII and XVII Panamerican Quito Biennale and has been on the juries for several civic and educational projects in Chile. Basulto was included in the 100 Young Leaders in 2009 by El Mercurio (Chile’s most influential newspaper), and was chosen as an Endeavor Entrepreneur by the Endeavor Foundation, based in New York.

Clifford Pearson
: Deputy Editor, Architectural Record
Since joining the magazine in 1989, he has written on a broad range of topics—from individual projects such as the MAXXI museum in Rome by Zaha Hadid and the Hong Kong International Airport by Foster & Partners to essays on school design and housing. From 1993 to 1997, he edited Record's annual section on architecture in the Pacific Rim and today he is in charge of the magazine’s Chinese edition and its annual Design Vanguard issue. He serves as a director of Asia Design Forum, a nonprofit think tank that organizes events and generates dialogue among the design community and the general public. He is the author of Indonesia: Design and Culture, published by the Monacelli Press in 1998, and the editor of Modern American Houses, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in 1996 and reissued in 2005. In 2003, he received a Media Fellowship from the U.S.-Japan Foundation and spent two months in Japan examining “Technology and Tradition in Contemporary Japanese Architecture.” In 2004 and 2006, he was the co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Mr. Pearson holds a master's degree in architectural history from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in urban studies from Cornell University.

Carlo Aiello, Mexico: Editor-in-Chief, eVolo
Carlo Aiello is editor-in-chief and Creative Director of eVolo magazine. Aiello graduated from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University. After collaborating with Asymptote Architecture and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, he established eVolo Magazine in 2006. Aiello has also been a professor of Architectural Design at the University of Southern California since 2010.

David Fano: Partner, CASE
A founding partner of CASE, David Fano is predominantly responsible for leading technology implementation, knowledge capture and sharing, social media initiatives and business development. David has also contributed to the design industry with the development of, a challenge-based virtual design community and, a digital design publication and free tutorial resource for design professionals. David received his Master of Architecture with honors from Columbia University and has been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s GSAPP since 2007 leading seminars and workshops focusing on the impact of technology on design processes.

Jill Fehrenbacher : Founder, Inhabitat
Jill Fehrenbacher is the founder of Inhabitat, as well as a LEED-AP green designer and green design consultant based in New York City. is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future. Jill created Inhabitat in the Spring of 2005 as a way to catalog her search for new ways to improve the world through forward-thinking, high-tech, and environmentally conscious design. Educated at Brown University, where she received a B.A. in Art Semiotics, and Columbia University, where she’s pursuing a Masters of Architecture, she currently resides in New York City, which so far has been good for her obsession with rooftop farming and vegan fast food restaurants.

Toru Hasegawa, Japan: Co-creator, The Morpholio Project; Co-director, Cloud Lab Columbia University GSAPP
Toru Hasegawa has focused on teaching, research and architecture in New York City and Tokyo since 2006. Hasegawa is currently a Co-director of Columbia GSAPP’s Cloud Lab and a Co-creator of The Morpholio Project, researching the ways in which the proliferation of device culture, the development of the cloud, and the ubiquity of social networking, are collectively shaping the creative process. Hasegawa is also an adjunct assistant faculty member at the Columbia University GSAPP where he teaches advanced design studios and seminars on building construction technology and spatial computing. In addition, along with Mark Collins, Hasegawa is a Co-Founder of Proxy which explores potentials within the computational paradigm for a range of clients and institutions, providing expertise in both design and realization. Morpholio seeks to create a new platform for presentation, dialogue, and collaboration relevant to all designers, artists and members of any image driven culture advancing the ways that we discuss, debate, and critique our work with a global community.

Tim Maly, Canada: Design Blogger at Wired magazine
Tim Maly is a design Blogger for Wired magazine. He writes about cyborgs, architects, and our weird broken future at Quiet Babylon. In addition, he's the project coordinator for Small Wooden Shoe's Upper Toronto, a science fiction design proposal to build a new city in the sky above the current Toronto. With Emily Horne, he is running an independent studio course about border towns, called Border Town. His work has appeared in Icon, The Atlantic, McSweeney's, Mission at Tenth, and Volume magazine.

Cliff Kuang: design editor at Fast Company
Kuang is design editor at Fast Company, where he oversees design coverage in print and online. He is the founding editor of its spin-off, Co.Design, which in 2011 won the National Magazine Award for best online department and draws over 2 million readers a month. Recently, his work was collected in The Best Business Writing of 2012. Prior to Fast Company, he has been an editor at I.D.magazine and The Economist online. His work has also appeared regularly inWIRED, Popular Science and GOOD.

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Organized by: AIANY Global Dialogues Commitee

Sponsored by:


Viral Voices: Global Discussions is made possible in part through the generous support of Jill N. Lerner’s 2013 AIANY Chapter Inaugural Fund:


Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
Ennead Architects, LLP
Hopkins Foodservice Specialists, Inc.
Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Levien & Company
Mancini Duffy | TSC
New York University
Perkins Eastman
Porcelanosa Group
Robert A. M. Stern Architects, LLP
Robert Silman Associates
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP
Vanguard Construction & Development Co. Inc.

FXFOWLE Architects, LLP
JFK&M Consulting Group
New York Building Congress, Inc.
Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
TEN Arquitectos
Vanguard Construction & Development Co., Inc.
Vantage Technology Consulting
Weidlinger Associates, Inc.

List as of March 14, 2013

Global Dialogues: (un-covered) CONNECTIONS
The AIA New York Chapter’s Global Dialogues’ 2013 theme (un-covered) Connections will view respective topics of our time through multiple lenses to uncover a broader understanding of global, urban trends in physical and digital space.


As a follow up to last year’s Going Viral we would like to give a special thanks to the following “voices”:

Apartment Therapy created by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan and Janel Laban

ArchDaily created by David Basulto and David Assael

Archidose created by John Hill

Archinect created by Paul Petrunia

Architect’s Newspaper created by William Menking

ArchitectureMNP created by Ryan McClain, co-founded by Kiye Apreala

Architizer created by Matthias Hollwich, Marc Kushner, and Benjamin Prosky

Archive of Affinities created by Andrew Kovacs

Blurr created by Ahmed Elhusseiny

But Does It Float created by Folkert Gorter, Atley Kasky, & Will Schofield

Cooking Architecture created by Claire Shafer and Juan Jofre

The Cool Huntebcreated by Bill Tikos

Core 77 created by Eric Ludlum, Stuart Constantine, & Allan Chochinov

Culture Now created by Abby Suckle, Ann Marie Baranowski, Susan Chin, Diana Pardue, and Nina Rappaport

Curbed created by Lockhart Steele

Death by Architecture created by Mario Cipresso

DesignBoom created by Birgit Lohmann & Massimo Mini

Design Sponge created by Grace Bonney

DesignReform created by CASE

Dezeen created by Marcus Fairs

e-Oculus created by the AIA New York Chapter

eVolo created by Carlo Aiello

Inhabitat blog created by Jill Fehrenbacher

Landscape + Urbanism created by Jason King

Mammoth created by Stephen Becker and Rob Holmes

Morpholio created by Mark Collins, Toru Hasegawa, & Anna Kenoff

Places Journal online created by Nancy Levinson, Harrison Fraker, William Drenttel, Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut

Post Post created by David Jaubert

Project created by Alfie Koetter, Daniel Markiewicz, Jonah Rowen, & Emmett Zeifman

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