Dr. Haresh Lalvani’s career in combining architecture and higher mathematics to create a new architectural vocabulary of surfaces, especially in metal. A professor at Pratt Institute for the past thirty years where he has influenced generations of designers and architects, Dr. Lalvani holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Known worldwide for his morphological, structural, and design innovations, he serves on the editorial boards of Space Structures, (U.K.), and Structural Topology (Canada).
Swoon is a street artist from New York City who specializes in life-size wheatpaste prints and paper cutouts of figures. Swoon, real name Caledonia “Callie” Dance Curry, studied painting at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and started doing street art around 1999. Swoon is also a member of the Justseeds Artist Cooperative.
Ben Bronfman is an environmental entrepreneur, progressive thinker and musician. In 2007 he co-founded Global Thermostat, a revolutionary carbon capture firm that separates CO2 directly from the air. Global Thermostat's technology was developed by professor Graciela Chichilnisky and renowned physicist Peter Eisenberger. The firm recently completed construction of it's first pilot plant at SRI (Stanford Research Institute). Recently Bronfman became a principal in Algae Systems LLC, a third-generation bio-fuel company that takes waste water from cities and (using CO2 captured by GT) generates Jet-Fuel and Diesel fuel. Bronfman is also the founder of Green Owl, an environmentally conscious record label & apparel brand. Bronfman recently released the single "Gold" from his new group Teachers, and worked with Kanye West on his recent single "Monster" featuring Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Bon Iver.
Daniel Iglesia creates music and media for humans, computers, and broad interactions of the two. He works with live manipulations of sound and video, with automation and algorithmic composition, the magnification of inherent chaos in sounds, and real-time media performance with traditional instruments. His works have taken the form of audio and video performance, instrumental works with live electronics, gallery installations, and collaborations with many disciplines such as theater and dance.
His concert works for instruments and electronics have been performed by the S.E.M. Ensemble, the Talea Ensemble, So Percussion, the Ostravska Banda, and the International Contemporary Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, and the Argento Ensemble. His work has been presented throughout New York City in such diverse venues as Lincoln Center, Eyebeam Gallery, The Stone, Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, Merce Cunningham Studio, Roulette, the Public Theater, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Kitchen. They have also been presented at concerts and festivals throughout the US and abroad, including the Experimental Media Series at the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C.), Art.Tech@The Lab (San Francisco), the Hamburger Klangwerktage (Hamburg), the Guangdong Modern Dance Festival (Guangzhou), and the World Expo 2010 (Shanghai).
He recently completed a doctorate at Columbia, while a Teaching Fellow at the Columbia Computer Music Center. He is a visiting instructor at Pratt, and a visiting lecturer at Princeton, where he is the current co-leader of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra.
Dr. Prabhjot Singh is Director of the Program for Health Systems Development and Research and Community Health Worker advisor to the Millennium Villages. He works with national governments to improve the financing, implementation and delivery of community based health systems. Prabhjot Singh has a PhD in Neural and Genetic Systems from Rockefeller University as part of the Tri-Institutional MD/PhD Program with Weill Cornell Medical College and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Columbia's Earth Institute with Professor Jeffrey Sachs.
Karl Chu’s architectural practice at the cutting edge of the creation and implementation of new concepts for architecture and design based on the genetic paradigm. The studio deploys computation as a generative engine to arrive at the construction of possible worlds of architecture that are imaginative, surreal and enigmatic. As such, architecture is conceived as a generic construct situated within the emerging concept of the global brain: sublimation of collective intelligence through architectural form.
In addition to solving architectural problems, the primary focus of the studio is directed toward the architecture of the Real: a phenomenology of affects invoked through artistic modulation of the underlying logic of form - both in terms of its intrinsic and extrinsic properties and relations.
Karl Chu first conceived the contemporary notion of genetic architecture - a far reaching idea that transcends its biological origins. Genetics is thought of as an extension of the philosophical concept of genesis channeled through the medium of computation: deployment of logical systems for the propagation and mutation of hereditary information involved in the architectural design process.
Karl Chu is the principal of metaxy. He is a professor of architecture at Pratt Institute. Chu has taught, lectured, published and exhibited his work internationally.
Nate Ball is an inventor, entrepreneur, athlete, musician, and TV host. He draws on his many pursuits as he inspires budding engineers on PBS’s Design Squad, and develops some of the world’s most advanced lifesaving equipment at his company Atlas Devices. As a college student, Nate landed a dream job with WGBH-Boston: to come up with exciting hands-on challenges for a new TV show to inspire and inform kids about engineering. Nate’s task was generating and testing out the ideas, including a Frisbee throwing robot (broke a window) and an automated egg-frying machine (smashed dozens before success). After the show went into production, his dream job was upgraded and Nate became the host. Now, with three seasons on the air,Design Squad has won a Peabody award and an Emmy. A passionate innovator, Nate at 24 became the youngest winner of the prestigious $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for his work on a new type of needle-free vaccine delivery device, and for his co-invention of a powered rope ascender: a real-life version of Batman’s grappling setup that his company now supplies to rescue groups in the U.S. Military. Nate works to innovate and inspire, and is based in Boston.
Tracie Morris is a poet, performer and scholar and works extensively as a sound artist, writer, bandleader and actor. Her installations have been presented at the Whitney Biennial, Ronald Feldman Gallery, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and the New Museum. She holds an MFA in poetry from Hunter College and a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. Dr. Morris is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute. She recently completed her latest poetry manuscript, “Rhyme Scheme” and is working on an academic work, “WhoDo with Words” on the significance of philosopher J.L. Austin. She is also developing two audio projects: an untitled CD with music with her band and another CD in collaboration with composer Elliott Sharp.
Growing up on the salt-stained decks of his grandfather Jacques Cousteau’s ships, Calypso and Alcyone, Fabien Cousteau, third-generation ocean explorer, documentary filmmaker and environmental ambassador, was destined to further his family’s legacy by exploring and protecting our water planet’s wondrous and endangered marine habitats. Fabien most recently launched Plant A Fish, a new non-profit organization whose mission is to empower communities to become involved with responsible ‘re-planting’ of key marine species in distressed bodies of water around the world. Initial targeted projects in 2010-2011 will include responsible re-planting of mangroves in South Florida, oysters in the New York Harbor, sea turtles in El Salvador and corals in the Maldives. Fabien has garnered praise and media attention for his environmental advocacy work, including mentions in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post as well as appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, National Geographic, major broadcast networks, and as a regular guest/contributor to NBC’s Today Show.
Barbara graduated from Yale University in 2004 with a degree in Humanities. Barbara recently worked on Educational Programming at a Smithsonian museum in New York, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Previously, she worked at a children's hospital in South Africa. She has traveled extensively in Africa with UNICEF and the UN World Food Program.
Kurt Andersen is the author of two novels, the critically acclaimed bestsellers Heyday and Turn of the Century, as well as short fiction, screenplays and work for the theater. His latest book is nonfiction, an essay called Reset, and his next novel will be published in 2012. He is also host and co-creator of the Peabody Award-winning public radio program Studio 360, co-founder of Very Short List, and a contributing editor to Vanity Fairand New York magazines. Previously, he co-founded Spy magazine, and served as editor-in-chief of New York. He has also been a columnist and critic for The New Yorker and Time. He received a BA from Harvard College, an honorary PhD from the Rhode Island School of Design and serves on the boards of Pratt Institute and the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.
William Katavolos has been part of the Architecture School at Pratt Institute since the sixties. He is co-director of the Center for Experimental Structures. Over the years liquid architecture has been developed there. His early furniture is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of art and the Louvre. As a consulting designer he created the Time-Life and Owens Corning partition systems, the suspension ring system for the Moscow Fair, the Agricultural and Solar Pavilions for Salonika. His manifesto, Organics, published in Holland in 1961 became the basis for chemical architecture. His theory of the fundamental structure of nature is being prepared for publication. He lives with his wife, Terenia in Key West and New York.
Scott Heiferman is Co-Founder & CEO of Meetup. Each week, 50,000 Meetups in are self-organized by millions of people "using the internet to get off the internet." The company is pursuing a long-range goal of a "Meetup Everywhere about Most Everything" -- so that everyone has access to local community about what's important to them. Scott lives in NYC and graduated from The University of Iowa. He was named the 2004 MIT Tech Review "Innovator of the year" and is focused for the long-haul on Meetup revolutionizing local community everywhere.
Chris Kazi Rolle is a multi-talented artist, professional speaker and social entrepreneur, whose mission is to empower people through the arts. He is the founder of the Hip Hop Project, an award winning, arts education organization that uses Hip Hop and popular culture to engage young people. Kazi's work and inspiring life story is the focus of the feature length film entitled, "The Hip Hop Project" was executive produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah. He is the creator of "Together Apart" an innovative touring play/forum designed to create open and honest conversation between men and women about dating and relationships. He is the co-founder of A.P.E.X., a non-profit organization that hosts monthly college preparation workshops which culminate in week-long Historically Black Colleges and University tours. Kazi and his work have been featured on VH1, CNN, CBS and The Oprah Winfrey Show. A proud father, Kazi lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Mitchell Joachim is a leader in ecological design and urbanism. He is a Co-Founder at Terreform ONE and Terrefuge. He earned a Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, M.Arch. Columbia University, and BPS SUNY at Buffalo with Honors. Mitchell is an Associate Professor at NYU and previously was the Frank Gehry Chair at University of Toronto. Earlier, he was faculty at Columbia, Syracuse, Washington, and Parsons. He was formerly an architect at Gehry Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed. He has been awarded fellowships at TED2010, Moshe Safdie Assoc., and Martin Society for Sustainability at MIT. He won the History Channel and Infiniti Excellence Award for City of the Future, and Time Magazine Best Invention of 2007, Compacted Car w/ MIT Smart Cities. His project, Fab Tree Hab, has been exhibited at MoMA and widely published. He was chosen by Wired magazine for "The 2008 Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To". Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell in "The 100 People Who Are Changing America". In 2009 he was interviewed on the Colbert Report. Popular Science magazine has featured his work as a visionary for The Future of the Environment in 2010.
Samuel Cochran grew up in St. Louis, MO until he attended Northfield Mt. Hermon, graduating in 2001. He then attended Pratt Institute and received his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design in 2005. While at Pratt Sam's academic work spanned sculpture, furniture, product, and transportation with a focus on innovation through the design process and an understanding of technology's possibilities through systems and objects. Sam's thesis project at Pratt was GROW, a hybrid solar and wind energy creating device that took on the biomimetic form of ivy.
Sam has been the Chief Design Officer at SMIT since 2005, and took over as acting CEO in 2010. In this role he oversees all design, product and manufacturing developments at SMIT with account for their sustainability, profitability and marketability.
With the publication of his first book in 1962 at the age of 26, RSW began the singular passion of his life: making information understandable. He chaired the International Design in Aspen in 1972, the first Federal Design Assembly in 1973, followed by the National AIA Convention in 1976, before creating and chairing TED (Technology/Entertainment/Design) conferences from 1984-2002. He created and chaired the TEDMED and eg2006 conferences. A B.Arch and M.Arch 1959 graduate with highest honors from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Wurmanâ€™s nearly half-century of achievements includes the publication of his best-selling book Information Anxiety and his award winning ACCESS Travel Guides.
Each of his 81 books focus on some subject or idea that he personally had difficulty understanding. His most recent publications include UNDERSTANDING USA, Urban Atlas, Wall Street Journal Access, Information Anxiety2, Diagnostic Tests for Men, Diagnostic Tests for Women, Heart Disease & Cardiovascular Health and Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning, UNDERSTANDING Children and UNDERSTANDING Healthcare (January 2004).
He has been awarded several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Graham Fellowships, two Chandler Fellowships, and the Chrysler Design Award in 1996. In 1991, RSW received the Kevin Lynch Award from MIT and was honored by a retrospective exhibition of his work at the AXIS Design Gallery in Tokyo, Japan on the occasion of their 10th Anniversary. He received a Doctorate of Fine Arts by the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Art Center College of Design and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston.
Presently, RSW is working on his latest project 19.20.21. which he created and chairs with his four partners: Larry Keeley, Jon Kamen, Michael Hawley, and Robert Friedman.
He is married to novelist and lyricist Gloria Nagy. He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. He lives in Newport, Rhode Island with his dogs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Howard Fishman is a singer, guitarist, bandleader and composer from New York, NY. His music is inspired by a deep passion for New Orleans jazz, pop, gospel and country music, but is filtered through a contemporary and completely original aesthetic. Fishman began his musical career on the streets of New Orleans and in the subways of New York before making his debut at The Algonquin Oak Room in 1999.