NYIT School of Architecture and Design at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2021


NYIT School of Architecture and Design at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2021

May 28, 2021
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

NYIT School of Architecture and Design (SoAD) has been invited to participate in the 17th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale from May 22 to November 21, 2021. The exhibition is curated by Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and conceived around the relevant question “How will we live together?”.

Our faculty and student works—along with contributions from other researchers, architects and designers—are featured in the Italian Pavilion – Resilient Communities at the Tese delle Vergini in the Arsenale, sponsored and promoted by the Italian Ministry of Culture, General Direction for Contemporary Creativity, and curated by Alessandro Melis, the school’s new IDC Foundation Endowed Chair. The school’s faculty are also exhibiting at the Korean Pavilion – Future School, curated by Hae-Won Shin and commissioned by the Arts Council Korea.

Opening Event

MAY 28, 2021
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (ET) / 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (CET)

Event Abstract

This year (2020-2021) has been a one in which environmental, health, economic, and social crises have become closely correlated, leading to the emergence of unforeseen global issues to be addressed with great urgency. This has reinforced the need for a more coordinated approach across scales and fields of knowledge, theories, and applied research that will generate integrated and performable strategies capable of not only responding and adapting to these transforming processes, but most importantly, anticipating them.

This event introduces and describes the participation of the NYIT School of Architecture and Design at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2021:

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  1. Section “Architecture as Caregiver,” curated by Dean Maria Perbellini, includes the exhibition “Correlated Resiliencies” featuring SoAD student and faculty works; Arsenale, Italian Pavilion.
  2. Installation “AÈRIO,” designed by Marcella Del Signore, in the Section “Architecture as Caregiver;” Arsenale, Italian Pavilion.
  3. Exhibition “Correlated Crises” and a series of New York Tech’s virtual events under the creative direction of Dean Maria Perbellini, in the Virtual Italian Pavilion; Section curated by Tom Kovac and Alessandro Melis.
  4. Panel “Expanding Critical Computational Thinking,” curated by Marcella Del Signore and Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, at the European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Bembo, Venice.
  5. “Informed Interscalar Fluidity,” which includes an exhibition curated by Marcella Del Signore with Sergio Elizondo, and a site-specific installation curated by Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa; “Time-Space-Existence” at the European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Bembo, Venice.
  6. Exhibition of selected works from SoAD students and faculty, curated by Marcella del Signore and Giovanni Santamaria; Spazio Peccioli, Arsenale, Italian Pavilion.
  7. Panel “Design + Health, The Open City Paradigm,” curated by Prof. Christian Pongratz and Chris Lawer, UMIO; Spazio Peccioli, Arsenale, Italian Pavilion.
  8. Installation “CRISPR-Locus,” designed by Christian Pongratz and Maria Perbellini (PPA), with Dustin White; Giardino delle Vergini, Arsenale, Italian Pavilion (exterior).
  9. Exhibition “Future School,” curated by Hae-Won Shin, with the participation of Dong-Sei Kim; Giardini, Korean Pavilion.

Event Program

  • Introduction: Maria Perbellini, Dean, School of Architecture and Design, New York Tech.
  • Discussion: Maria Perbellini interviews Alessandro Melis, Curator Italian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2021
  • Presentation: Video of selected work by students and faculty, NYIT School of Architecture and Design
  • Closing Remarks: Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Associate Professor and Coordinator Lecture+Event, NYIT School of Architecture and Design

Event Participants

Maria Perbellini

Maria R. Perbellini, M.Arch.

Dean, NYIT School of Architecture and Design

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Maria R. Perbellini, is the Dean of the School of Architecture and Design at the New York Institute of Technology and a tenured Professor of Architecture. Her leadership advances design innovation, intellectual diversity, emerging computational technologies, and interdisciplinary programs. She has been notably recognized, including the 2018 AIA Long Island Educator Award.

She holds a B.Arch. from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in Italy and a M.Arch. from Pratt Institute in New York. Prior to New York Tech, Perbellini was the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Chair of Instruction in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University. She also taught at the School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin.

Perbellini is co-founder of Pongratz Perbellini Architects (PPA). Among others, PPA received the Segnalazione Premio Compasso d’Oro ADI, XXI Edition with the patented series in stoneHyperwave. Before establishing her own practice, she worked in New York City for Peter Eisenman and John Reimnitz on the design of prestigious commissioned buildings and international design competitions. With Christian Pongratz, Perbellini is the co-editor of the Monograph on Peter Eisenman for Korean Architects-KA (No.156, 08/1997), and the co-author of the books Natural Born CaaDesigners (Birkhauser, 2000), Cyberstone (Edilstampa, 2009), and Digital Media for Design (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2016).

Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa

Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, M.Arch. II
Director, M.S. in Architecture, Computational Technologies, NYIT School of Architecture and Design

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Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa is an international architect and scholar in the fields of architecture, urbanism, ecology, and computation. He is currently a tenured associate professor at New York Tech and Director of the new M.S. program in Computational Technologies (F2021). His work innovates in information-based representation and robotic systems aiming to displace the conventional parameters that define architecture.

Pablo is the design principal of the experimental practice e-Architects (New York/Buenos Aires) based on an emerging Architecture and Urbanism of Information. e-Architects develops software, information “mapping,” and “visualizations” using Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for cities-environments, including robotic machines to “draw” and machines to “build,” understanding them as proto-architectural. His built work includes a park, houses, and buildings in Buenos Aires and New York and installations in Europe.

Lorenzo-Eiroa received his architecture degree from the University of Buenos Aires. He won the Fulbright and the National Endowment for the Arts Scholarship to complete his M.Arch II at Princeton University and has just submitted his Doctorate Thesis at UIC on Artificial Intelligence. He has been appointed to teach at several universities, including The Cooper Union, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Princeton University, UIC Barcelona, Sapienza University in Rome, Universidad Di Tella, and the University of Buenos Aires, among others, and has lectured and presented at many conferences and institutions globally.

Lorenzo-Eiroa's projects and articles have been published, exhibited, and presented in several publications, conferences, and institutions, including several Venice Biennales, MoMA, MAS Summit, NYC Media Lab, The New York Times, Clarin Arq, Constructs (Yale), Pidgin (Princeton), The Generic Sublime (Harvard/Actar), Paradigms in Computation (eVolo), Imagining Ground Zero (Rizzoli), and others. He has co-chaired ACADIA 2010 Life: In Formation at The Cooper Union and authored and co-edited five books, including: Instalaciones: Sobre el trabajo de Peter Eisenman, DLO/RE, Buenos Aires, 2008 after collaborating with Peter Eisenman in several built and non-built projects and competitions, and Architecture In Formation, Routledge/Taylor&Francis, London, 2013.

Alessandro Melis

Alessandro Melis, RIBA ARB AOU
Professor of Architecture Innovation, University of Portsmouth
Director of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities in the UK

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In 2019, Alessandro was appointed by the Italian Minister of Culture as the curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 17th International La Biennale of Architecture in Venice 2021, and in 2020 Ambassador of Italian Design on behalf of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Previously, at the University of Auckland, he was the head of the technology area and director of postgraduate engagement at the School of Architecture and Planning. Between 2010-2013, he was the Director of Urban City Lab at the Institute of Architecture of the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Die Angewandte, Vienna) and visiting professor at the Foster Foundation, and in Germany (Anhalt University, Dessau).

In 1996, he founded Heliopolis 21, a multi-awarded architecture practice based in Italy, Germany, and the UK.

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