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LIFE SUPPORT

A sneak peek at LIFE SUPPORT, our latest Habitecture project for Canberra, Australia. Collaborators and consultants include Darren LeRoux (ACT Parks and Recreation Services), Mitchell Whitelaw (ANU School of Art and Design), and John Skurr Structural Engineers.

BETTER WORLD BY DESIGN

Joyce Hwang and novelist John Pipkin present “Fantasies and Failures: Embracing Risks and Unknowns in the Creative Process” at the 2017 Better World by Design Conference (Sept. 22-24), curated and organized by students at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. Thank you to the 2017 Committee for inviting us to participate in BWxD’s 10th year anniversary event!

BIOPHILIC CITIES JOURNAL

Joyce’s essay “Toward an Architecture for Urban Wildlife Advocacy” is published in Biophilic Cities Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2. Check out an online copy here!

LECTURE: ANU SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN

Joyce will present a public lecture at the Australian National University School of Art and Design! August 17, 2017, 1:15 pm.

BARRER HILL SITE

Our next Habitecture project will be sited in Barrer Hill, an ecological offset zone in Canberra, Australia. More updates soon!

INTERNATIONAL CRAFT AND DESIGN RESIDENCY- ANU

Joyce Hwang is awarded the 2017 International Craft and Design Residency at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia! Excited to be in residence at ANU School of Art and Design!

BLUE MOUNTAIN CENTER

Joyce was awarded a summer 2017 residency at Blue Mountain Center. Here are some snapshots of her work during the one-month session with artists, writers, and activists.

 

2017 URBAN EDGE AWARD

Joyce Hwang is a recipient of the 2017 Urban Edge Award, a biennial prize organized by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Other Urban Edge Award recipients this year include Catie Newell, Olalekan Jeyifous, Fionn Byrne, Sergio Lopez-Pineiro, and Aleksandr Mergold.  Joyce gave a public talk at UW Milwaukee on February 17, and paired with Fionn Byrne, she co-conducted workshops on adaptive reuse in February 2017, addressing this year’s theme,  “FROM WASTE TO WONDER: Working with What Remains.” On April 15, she will participate with all recipients in a symposium at UW Milwaukee, along with keynote speaker Walter Hood, events organizer Assistant Professor Nikole Bouchard, and her students. Read more about the Urban Edge Award in the Architects’ Newspaper.

BEYOND PATRONAGE BOOK REVIEW

Check out this Book Review of Beyond Patronage in Canadian Architect!

MIT ARCHITECTURE

Joyce participated as an panelist at MIT Architecture, in the NOMAS Power Lunch: “Women in Academia.” Other panelists included Lauren Jacobi, Caroline Jones, and Caitlin Mueller, moderated by Emily Watlington. Many thanks to the MIT Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students for the invitation!

MORE

Invited as a Guest Speaker for MORE Congress: 3rd International Conference on Gender and Architecture, Joyce presented “Architect as Advocate: Making the Case for Cross-Species Design” as part of a panel titled “MORE than Humans.” She also served on the conference’s Scientific Committee. Many thanks to Amelia Vilaplana, Serafina Amoroso, and all of the Organizing Committee for orchestrating an intense and energizing event!

UNTAMING THE URBAN

Joyce Hwang presents “Untaming Architectural Typology” at Untaming the Urban, a symposium hosted by the Australian National University Fenner School for Environment and Society. Check out the blog for more on the presentations and discussions!

RISD LECTURE

Joyce Hwang delivers lecture, “Architect as Advocate,” at the Rhode Island School of Design.

 

ANTHROPOCENE MAGAZINE

Though “putting out the welcome mat to other species remains a curiously radical concept,” wrote MacKinnon, it fits a Zeitgeist of enthusiasm for urban ecology and wildlife, of celebrating nature’s possibilities not only in obviously nature-y places but also in our midst. It’s also practical. After all, even when people build without thinking of animals, the critters still come: house sparrows dwell in traffic lights, raccoons in chimneys, rats and pigeons just about everywhere. So why not design with them in mind?

In doing so, habitecture offers an important corrective to other twenty-first-century environmental trends. Even as nature-mindedness goes mainstream, discussions about sustainability largely focus on renewable energy and recycling and tend to overlook animals. Joyce Hwang, an architect at the University of Buffalo and designer of bird- and bat-sheltering habitat walls, calls that habit a “gap in the logic of sustainability.”

Check out the full article on Habitecture by Brandon Keim here (and thanks Brandon for the interview!).

CITY AS LIVING LABORATORY: WALK

Joyce Hwang, Ellen Driscoll, and Mackenzie Younger led a City as Living Laboratory WALK around New York’s Chinatown. Starting from Collect Pond Park and moving through Columbus Park, the WALK focused on how this neighborhood has evolved over time, considering its precious green spaces, the evolution of its landscape, the history and persistent mythologies around waste, and the symbiotic relationship between human and non-human habitats.

Many thanks to CaLL for inviting us to participate in their Fall WALK series, and thank you to everyone who came out for this event!

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Image captured by camera trap, situated in Chicago as part of Ants of the Prairie’s research on urban habitat for “Outside Design” at SAIC, Sullivan Galleries (2015).