Sabin july2014



11 June 2015 Städelschule Lichthalle

Jenny Sabin’s work is at the forefront of a new direction for 21st century architectural practice. Her work investigates the intersections of architecture and science and applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures. Sabin is the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Assistant Professor in Design and Emerging Technologies at Cornell University, principal of Jenny Sabin Studio, an experimental architectural studio based in Philadelphia and Ithaca and Director of the Sabin Design Lab at Cornell AAP, a hybrid research and design unit that focuses on computational design, data visualisation and digital fabrication. She was recently awarded the prestigious Architectural League Prize for Young Architects by the Architectural League of New York. Sabin has exhibited widely and co-authored 'Meander, Variegating Architecture' with Ferda Kolatan, 2010.

In her lecture, Sabin asks how architecture might respond to issues of ecology and sustainability whereby buildings behave more like organisms in their built environments? The talk will present ongoing trans-disciplinary research and design spanning across the fields of cell biology, materials science, physics, electrical and systems engineering, and architecture. Sabin will present research methods, prototypes and applications that she and her collaborators have developed. The work aims to radically alter the paradigm of ‘responsive architecture' in the form of adaptive building skins, material assemblies and architectural interventions that ultimately (re)configure their own performance based upon local criteria.