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Zine Launch: Prescriptions Issue 04
Sat, October 8, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT
Join us for the release of the fourth issue of Prescriptions, a quarterly zine edited by Ann Lui and Craig Reshke of Chicago-based architecture office Future Firm. Issue four features a conversation with Andrew Heumann, focusing on the role of computation in professional and aesthetic practices.
To celebrate the release of the zine, Future Firm will lead a discussion with Heumann followed by a reception. Past issues of Prescriptions and related titles will be available for sale in the Graham Foundation Bookshop.
The title, Prescriptions, suggests that architectural practice may need some corrective medication. The zine features one interview per issue with builders of all kinds on their beginnings and futures. Topics in issue four include the emergence of a "coding class," democratic access to parametric design, C-3PO, computational camps and cultures, and the intersections of algorithms with governance.
As a design technology specialist at Woods Bagot, Andrew Heumann develops custom tools and workflows for design teams across the firm. Formerly the leader of NBBJ’s design computation team, he has written more than fifteen plug-ins for 3D modeling tools (“Human,” the most popular, has had more than 20,000 downloads) and created many bespoke tools for design teams and practices, aiding in the management of project metrics, environmental and urban analysis, and façade design. Outside of his professional work, Heumann is a generative artist, working with data, algorithms, geometry, and pixels to create rich visual abstractions that engage and challenge the limits and affordances of digital media. He is trained in both architecture and computer science, and has lectured and taught seminars at Cornell University, Yale University, California College of the Arts, and the University of Washington. His work has been published in Wallpaper magazine, CLOG journal, and presented at conferences including ACADIA, SIMAUD, Autodesk University, and the AEC Technology Symposium.
Ann Lui is an assistant professor of architecture/interior architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds an SMArchS from MIT in history, theory & criticism and a BArch from Cornell University, where she was awarded the Charles Goodwin Sands Medal and the Clifton Beckwith Brown Memorial Medal. Previously, she practiced at SOM, Ann Beha Architects, and Morphosis. Ann was assistant editor of OfficeUS Atlas (2015) and coeditor of Thresholds, "Scandalous" (2015).
Craig Reschke is an architect interested in landscape practices. He is a registered architect in the state of Illinois. He graduated from Harvard's Graduate School of Design, where his research focused on rural American landscapes, and he graduated with the Jacob Weidenmann Prize. He also holds a BArch from the University of Tennessee. Previously, Craig was a project architect at SOM and RODE Architects, where he led the design of buildings at many scales.
Future Firm is a Chicago-based architecture office interested in the intersections between landscape territories and architectural spectacle. Recent research explores the relationship between finance, economy, and the built environment.