Wednesday, August 12, 2009


So a handful of my good friends who are all up in new york are working on Aurora, the new project by Future Cities Lab, aka Nataly Gattegno and Jason Johnson, our former professors at the UVA Arch School.

Here's the project brief from their website:
The Aurora Project is an index of shifting territorial resources in the Arctic and a speculative vision for a massive new energy infrastructure and settlement pattern. Aurora suggests an alternative approach to the exploration, exploitation and eventual colonization of the region. It is simultaneously a projection of an imminent environmental condition, and the materialization of how contemporary political, social and ecological trends might be channeled towards a more productive future.

The Aurora installation on view in the Van Alen Institute gallery superimposes the ephemeral qualities of the Arctic ice field with the dynamic behavior of visitors, translating the shifting dimensions of the ice into an immersive system of flickering auroras and responsive luminescent skins. Presented alongside Aurora is a map room (“Terra Incognita”) consisting of original drawings, diagrams and other materials that provide a view into how the Arctic region has been represented, claimed, and mythologized in the past and present. A smaller interactive instrument (“The Glaciarium”) engages visitors’ senses through the sight and sound of a melting ice core

kez, t, ben, gin, keep up the awesome work. Can't wait to see the final project when it's installed. I gotta say I really miss working on projects with you all. And seeing you all building and making is making me miss my giant pile of piano wire and makes me wish i had something to use my bolt cutters on.

Opening Party: Wednesday, Sept 16 at 6pm (through Saturday, Oct 17, 2009) VAI Gallery: 30 W 22nd St # 6, New York, NY 10010


  1. i miss it, too. nothing like being all in one room, making stuff with our hands, gossiping, eating crap, and listening to chill tunes.

  2. i feel like im done with charrette right now - with nothing to do!

  3. new post request. i.e. pics of new apartment. k thanks.