Posted Monday, February 25, 2013

School of Architecture to Present Exhibition and Symposium on Cold War Era Housing Systems

Pratt Institute's School of Architecture will present "COLD war COOL digital," an exhibition of 20 scaled prototypes of modernist, pre-fabricated, and globally-distributed Cold War era housing systems that were created using contemporary 3D printing technologies (opening reception 2/18 at 6:15, details below). The exhibition will investigate architectural modernism and its global influence and will connect with contemporary prototype pre-fabrication methods and digital research in housing and skyscraper design. A symposium that explores the technical, aesthetic, and political aspects of prototyping and pre-construction in architecture will be held in conjunction with the exhibition (details below).

The work presented in "COLD war COOL digital" is of significance as approximately 190 million apartments were built using pre-fabricated concrete panel building systems during the Cold War years. The use of these prefabricated systems ushered in a new construction paradigm that transferred building efforts from the construction site to the factory and resulted in housing blocks that were functional, cheap, and quick to assemble. These systems were exported and adapted internationally, which reveals their diversity and variability within worldwide cross-cultural relationships of exchange and influence. Films and other forms of documentation from the Cold War era will be exhibited to provide the context in which these buildings were produced.

EXHIBITION:
"COLD war COOL digital"
February 19-March 20, 2013
Hazel and Robert Siegel Gallery
Higgins Hall, 61 St. James Place, Brooklyn
Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM
Opening Reception: Monday, February 18 at 6:15 PM

Curator: Catherine Ingraham, professor, Pratt Institute School of Architecture
Exhibition By: Pedro Ignacio Alonso, professor, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and program director, Architectural Association School of Architecture, and Hugo Palmarola Sagredo, doctoral candidate, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Sponsors: 3D Systems Corporation; ZCorp; Pratt Institute's School of Architecture; the Universidad Catolica de Chile; Chilean Arts and Culture Council; and the Architectural Association

SYMPOSIUM:
"COLD war COOL digital: variable, pre-constructed, consequential"
Thursday, February 28 at 6PM
Higgins Hall Auditorium, 61 St. James Place, Brooklyn

Moderator: Catherine Ingraham, curator, "COLD war COOL digital," and professor, Pratt Institute School of Architecture
Panelists: Pedro Ignacio Alonso, professor, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and program director, Architectural Association School of Architecture; Adrian Forty, professor, Bartlett School of Architecture, University of London; James Garrison, adjunct associate professor, Pratt Institute School of Architecture; Hugo Palmarola Sagredo, doctoral candidate, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; and Tom Wiscombe, professor, Southern California Institute of Architecture   

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Image composite with examples of the diverse housing prototype systems on display as part of "COLD war COOL digital." Image Credit: Courtesy Pedro Alonso.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Amy Aronoff at 718-636-3554 or aarono29@pratt.edu