Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture will present “COLD war COOL digital,” an exhibition of 20 scaled prototypes of modernist, pre-fabricated, and globally-distributed Cold War era housing systems that were created using contemporary 3D printing technologies.
symposium: “COLD war COOL digital: Variable, Pre-constructed, Consequential,” with Catherine INGRAHAM, Pedro IGNACIO ALONSO, Adrian FORTY, James GARRISON, Hugo PALMAROLA SAGREDO, & Tom WISCOMBE
6.00 pm / Higgins Hall, auditorium
61 St. James Place
Brooklyn, New York 10038
The exhibition will investigate architectural modernism and its global influence and will connect with contemporary prototype pre-fabrication methods and digital research in housing and skyscraper design. A symposium that explores the technical, aesthetic, and political aspects of prototyping and pre-construction in architecture will be held in conjunction with the exhibition (details below).
The work presented in “COLD war COOL digital” is of significance as approximately 190 million apartments were built using pre-fabricated concrete panel building systems during the Cold War years. The use of these prefabricated systems ushered in a new construction paradigm that transferred building efforts from the construction site to the factory and resulted in housing blocks that were functional, cheap, and quick to assemble. These systems were exported and adapted internationally, which reveals their diversity and variability within worldwide cross-cultural relationships of exchange and influence. Films and other forms of documentation from the Cold War era will be exhibited to provide the context in which these buildings were produced.
“COLD war COOL digital”
February 19-March 20, 2013
Hazel and Robert Siegel Gallery
Higgins Hall, 61 St. James Place, Brooklyn
Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM
Opening Reception: Monday, February 18 at 6:15 PM
Curator: Catherine Ingraham, professor, Pratt Institute School of Architecture
Exhibition By: Pedro Ignacio Alonso, professor, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and program director, Architectural Association School of Architecture, and Hugo Palmarola Sagredo, doctoral candidate, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Sponsors: 3D Systems Corporation; ZCorp; Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture; the Universidad Catolica de Chile; Chilean Arts and Culture Council; and the Architectural Association