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Jenny Sabin Studio

Jenny Sabin Studio

Transdisciplinary Architecture

By (author) Jenny Sabin


Publishing 12th Dec 2022
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    • Presents a survey of Jenny Sabin Studio’s design thinking, research, and projects spanning over 10 years of practice
    • In-depth material for students and researchers within the arts, sciences, and architecture
    • Spans a range of perspectives with essay contributions from critical voices in the field
    • Helpful to aspiring architects that want to specialise in a specific form of architecture
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    In order to address today’s pressing issues in our built and natural environments, designers and architects must embrace change and cultivate new design models to comprehend key social, environmental and technological imperatives. This requires a radical departure from traditional research models in architecture and science, with a move towards hybrid, trans-disciplinary concepts and new models for collaboration. Advances in design, material sciences, and information technologies have recently inspired hybrid design research experiments, but direct collaborations between scientists and architects continue to be rare. The approach that the Sabin+Jones LabStudio at the University of Pennsylvania formed over 15 years ago and that continues to be developed at Jenny Sabin Studio and the Sabin Lab at Cornell University, couples architectural designers with engineers, material scientists, and biologists within a research-based laboratory-studio in order to develop new ways of thinking, seeing and doing across fields. This mode of working has contributed to a body of fundamental research and applied projects that integrate science, technology, and architecture through methods and tools that emphasise design research as a continuous and emergent process. At a time of ecological and sociopolitical catastrophe grounded on our deeply entrenched misconceptions of human and cultural dominance over nature, biosynthetic architecture has the potential to open new models for pedagogy, research, and practice to address these urgent crises.

    About the Author

    Jenny E. Sabin is an architectural designer at the forefront of a new direction for 21st-century architectural practice, one that investigates the intersections of architecture and science and applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of responsive material structures and spatial interventions. Sabin is the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture and Associate Dean for Design Initiatives at Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. Sabin is principal of Jenny Sabin Studio, an experimental architectural design studio based in Ithaca, and director of the Sabin Lab at Cornell AAP. She holds degrees in ceramics and interdisciplinary visual art from the University of Washington and a master of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

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    12th Dec 2022
    Paperback / softback
    World excluding USA, Canada, Australasia & Asia (except Japan; China non-exclusive)
    254 mm x 228 mm
    240 Pages
    60 color
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