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LECTURES: Wed, October 9, 2013

Ali Rahim: Sophisticated Form

Wed, October 9, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Ali Rahim is Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the senior year of the Master of Architecture Program, including Research Studios, and the final semester of the Post-Professional Program. He is also an architect and is Director of Contemporary Architecture Practice in SoHo, New York City. He has served as the Studio Zaha Hadid Visiting Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professor at Yale University, and as a Visiting Architecture Professor at Harvard University.

Rahim's books include Catalytic Formations: Architecture and Digital Design (China Building Press, Beijing, 2012); Catalytic Formations: Architecture and Digital Design (Routledge, London, 2006); Turbulence (Norten and Co., 2001); and three edited issues of Architectural Design: Elegance (2007), co-edited with Hina Jamelle, Contemporary Techniques in Architecture (2002), and Contemporary Processes in Architecture (2000). He is currently at work on a new book on design research titled Intensity, scheduled to be published in 2014.

IWI Orthodontics, Tokyo, Japan, Ali Rahim and Hina Jamelle Contemporary Architecture Practice

Rahim founded Contemporary Architecture Practice in 1999 together with Hina Jamelle and, since then, has established an award-winning profile in futuristic work using digital techniques for the design and manufacturing of architecture. Their portfolio includes a wide range and scale of work—from furniture to master plans. Their research projects have been commissioned by Dupont, ARUP, Z-Corporation, ABT Manufacturing, and the Wharton Business School, to name a few.

The most unique aspect of their practice is that they are able to apply their research collaborations directly in their practice, making their research useful and innovative for the discipline. This can be seen in their project designs commissioned by global brands such as Tarkan, Reebok, the Viceroy Hotel, Samsung, Lutron, and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). The resulting projects have been exhibited extensively, at such locations as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Artists Space (New York), the London, Beijing, and Shanghai Biennales, Serpentine Gallery (London), and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Alumna Jennifer Siegal Featured in Microtopia Film

SCI-Arc alumna Jennifer Siegal (M.Arch ’94), principal of Office of Mobile Design, is featured in a new documentary by international Swedish filmmaker Jesper Wachtmeister. A film about micro dwellings, downsizing and living off the grid, Wachtmeister’s Microtopia examines modern alternative dwellings and mobile lifestyles.

Jennifer Siegal's Joshua Tree PreFab House, portrayed in Microtopia, is a 900 square-feet get-away-from-it-all weekend house that sits in an expansive desert environment

The film profiles Siegal’s first prototype for prefab dwelling, the Joshua Tree PreFab House, a fully functional mobile dwelling that also embodies responsible, sustainable, and aesthetically beautiful design.

Microtopia has already received international acclaim, drawing attention to current trends in dwellings and use of space, as well as looking to the future for the impact and influence design will have on lifestyles and resources. You can watch a preview of the film here.

Currently, Siegal is working on developing a mobile retail environment in Seoul, Korea.

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