It's almost time to Give Up Control!

In a few weeks Marc, Blair, and Blaine Brownell will be chairing a session at this year's
ACSA Annual Conference in Seattle. The session is titled "Giving Up Control: Finding new agency
in the era of interdisciplinary practice" and will be held on Saturday, March 19th. 
Register here if you haven't already!


Get your Hyper-book Hyper-signed

The Hypernatural Show will be opening at the HGA Gallery in the Goldstein Museum of Design at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture (Rapson Hall) on September 25th, 2015. Friday night will be a reception and book signing by the authors. Blair will be flying out from Vancouver for the event! Come out and see the show, buy a book, and get Hyper with Marc, Blair, and Blaine Brownell. Hypernatural runs from September 26th, 2015-January 24th, 2016. 


Designing with, not for

Blair will be participating in the Seattle Design Festival, Saturday, September 19th. He will participate in a discussion about collaboratively designing with end users. Hear about specific methods within the field of architecture and business strategy. Learn about collaboration with animals and flexible design that can adapt to changing end users. Find out what is happening in the Seattle community in relation to volunteerism and design. The event will be held in the Seattle Public Library. More information about the event may be found at the IIDA website. 


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.

Download the Call for Papers PDF



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.