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Tulane School of Architecture Lecture Series: Jenny E. Sabin

Uptown Campus
LBC - Kendall Cram Lecture Hall

Biosynthetic Design: Towards Adaptive Architecture” presented by Jenny E. Sabin, Principal, Jenny Sabin Studio; Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture, Cornell University. Sponsored by the Allen Eskew Endowed Fund.


In-Person Lecture | Nov. 14, 5:15pm - 7pm CT


This talk will present ongoing transdisciplinary research and design spanning across the fields of cell biology, materials science, physics, fiber science, fashion, mechanical and structural engineering, and architecture. Sabin’s collaborative research, teaching, and design practice focus on the contextual, material, and formal intersections between architecture, science, and emerging technologies.


The material world that this type of research interrogates reveals examples of nonlinear fabrication and self-assembly at the surface, and at a deeper structural level. In parallel, this work offers up novel possibilities that question and redefine architecture within the greater scope of generative and relational design, sustainability, and fabrication.


This talk will elucidate the research methods, prototypes, and architectural projects that Sabin and her collaborators have achieved, which include adaptive building skins, fabric structures, and ceramic assemblies, and architectural interventions that ultimately (re)configure their own performance based upon local criteria and human interaction.


After her initial presentation, Sabin will be joined by a faculty respondent for an interdisciplinary conversation about her remarks and to answer any audience questions. The faculty respondent is Nimet Anwar, Adjunct Professor, Tulane School of Architecture.


The lecture will take place in Kendall Cram Lecture Hall in Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center. This lecture is open to the public through registration below. This event will follow all Tulane and CDC COVID-19 restrictions. 

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For more information on this event, please visit https://tulane.campuslabs.com/engage/event/8436931