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David Benjamin: Architecture as open system

10 December 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Scholastic's Big Red Auditorium
130 Mercer Street
New York

Buildings are living organisms. They breathe and pulse. They inhabit complex ecosystems of species, technologies, and culture. And as the both the burdens and the demands of architecture increase with the climate crisis, buildings should not be considered static and permanent objects, but instead dynamic and continually transforming systems. Architecture involves a longer duration and a wider geography—more time and space—than we typically consider. Buildings actually begin with material extracted from the earth and end with matter sitting in a landfill. They involve energy, labor, and resources that come from around the globe. In this context, design demands the integration of research, practice, and teaching. And it calls for collaborative teams and open protocols rather than individual geniuses and signature forms.



David Benjamin is the founding principal of The Living and an associate professor at Columbia GSAPP.