William Baker: Architecture, Structure and the Geometry of Equilibrium

5:30–6:30 pm Online

Physics & Contemporary Architecture Guest Lecture Series Spring ‘21 

The University of Chicago Physics Profs. Sid Nagel and Heinrich Jaeger invite the public to the 8 lectures of the course PHSC11800 Physics & Contemporary Architecture, featuring a top flight of architects and structural engineers discussing contemporary structures and their relationship to physics. All lectures take place on Thursdays at 5:30pm CST and will be presented online as live video conferences. View for more information and to register.

David Benjamin (The Living)

David Benjamin is Founding Principal of The Living and Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP. His work combines research and practice, with a focus on an expanded and actionable framework of environmental sustainability. Exploring the intersection of biology, computation, and a circular economy, Benjamin has articulated three frameworks for harnessing living organisms for architecture: bioprocessing, bio-sensing, and bio-fabricating. The Living has won many design prizes, including the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League, the Young Architects Program Award from the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, and a Holcim Sustainability Award. Recently,

Benjamin appeared in Rolling Stone as one of “25 People Shaping the Future,” and The Living was ranked third on Fast Company’s list of World’s Ten Most Innovative Architecture Firms. Recent projects include the Airbus NIS Engine Factory (a lowcarbon lighthouse project for the future of manufacturing), the Princeton University Embodied Computation Lab (a new building for research on robotics and IoT), Pier 35 EcoPark (a floating pier in the East River that changes color according to water quality), and Hy-Fi (a branching tower for MoMA PS1 made of a new type of biodegradable brick).

Event Type

Broad Audience, Lectures

May 6