AIA New York Chapter

Center for Architecture

Changing Places: Redefining the House as Machine for Living In, with Kent Larson

Monday, 03/05/2007, 5:30–8:00pm
Due to overwhelming response, this event is no longer accepting RSVPs. Seats will be available first to those that have RSVP'd and then on a first come, first serve basis.
Kent Larson, Architect and Director of MIT’s House _n Research Consortium, will present a new “open source” model for residential design, fabrication, and technology integration where: (1) Buildings are disentangled layers of integrated assemblies, (2) Manufacturers agree on interface standards and become tier-one suppliers of customized components, (3) Builders become assemblers, (4) Architects create design-engines to create thousands of unique environments (playing a role on more than a tiny percentage of new housing), and (5) Customers (home-buyers) become "innovators" at the center of the process by using sophisticated design interfaces and receiving personalized information at the point of decision. He will also discuss a series of prototype homes his research group is building, and a unique living laboratory called the PlaceLab.
Speaker: Kent Larson, in addition to his academic and research roles at MIT, practiced architecture for 15 years in New York City in partnership with Peter L. Gluck, and more recently as Kent Larson, Architects P.C., with work published in Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Global Architecture, the New York Times, A+U, and Architectural Digest. His book, Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks, was selected as one of the ‘Ten Best Books in Architecture, 2000,’ by the New York Times Review of Books. Related work was selected by Time magazine as a "Best Design of the Year" project.
Organized by: AIA NY Housing Committee and AIA NY Technology Committee
Sponsored by: ABC Imaging
Location: Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place (Directions)
Price: free
CES LUs: 2, CES HSW: 2
More Info: Reception, 5:30
Program, PROMPTLY at 6:00

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