SUBMIT TO US! (or to 22 other sessions for ACSA papers)

Shaping New Knowledges

March 17-19, 2016  |  Seattle, WA
Host School: University of Washington
Co-chairs: Robert Corser, University of Washington & Sharon Haar, University of Michigan

Submission Deadline: September 23, 2015

ACSA invites paper submissions under the following 23 thematic session topics (including ours) plus an additional open category. Authors may submit only one paper per session topic. The same paper may not be submitted to multiple topics.

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Aloha Evolution!

What if the Aloha Shirt was required to perform?
What if the Aloha Shirt were to evolve?
This examination of the Aloha Shirt is made using performance based materials as an agent of evolution. We are interested in exploring how the shirt can evolve without losing its cultural grounding. We will use the design logic and ornament of the Aloha Shirt as a point of departure. Click to see the video! Aloha Evolution! premiered at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture. A big Mahalo! to the amazingly talented team of Lörinc Vass, Nicole Sylvia, Kara Verbeek, Adrienne Young, Catherine He, Tracy Satterfield, and Daichi Yamashita for all their hard work designing and producing this animation. 

HouMinn Evolution - Manoa

HoūMinn is pleased to announce its upcoming show and lecture titled HoūMinn Evolution. Two special HoūMinn exhibitions will be featured at the Haigo and Irene Shen Architecture Gallery at the UH Mānoa School of Architecture in 2015 from April 27 to May 20, and from August 26 to September 20.  The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Swackhamer and Satterfield will give a public lecture at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015, in the School of Architecture auditorium. 
An opening reception will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the Architecture gallery.


A New Kind of Studio

A recent gradutat design studio at the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota's College of Design let students explore concepts of natural construction. Marc and Blaine designed the studio using Hypernatural: Architecture's New Relationship with Nature as the point of departure. Blaine wrote a great description of the new studio for Architect.
The image above is of one of the projects. An interior enclosure composed of crystalline masonry designed by a student team (Jesse Campos, Holly Engle, Katherine Loecken, Sienna Mathiesen) explores the potential for nature-based design in architectural applications.




Hypernatural now has a web presence. The book Hypernatural: Architecture's New Relationship with Nature (Princeton Architetural Press, March 2015) drops soon. But the project does not end there. Today marks the launch of, an ongoing enterprise that will present more outstanding projects that explore the relationship between nature and design.