DesCours will present Brilliant Simplicity, a film from METROPOLIS Magazine on Monday, December 5, from 6pm to 8pm.
Join DesCours and METROPOLIS Magazine at the Contemporary Arts Center | New Orleans (CAC) for a free screening of Brilliant Simplicity, a traveling "short film that traces the many ways innovations can happen." The Metropolis Tour was designed to challenge you to rediscover the innovator within, an ideal compliment to DesCours, which provides architects and artists with a platform for experimentation to create site-specific installations in "hidden" locations throughout downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter. Click here for more information on the film Brilliant Simplicity.
The screening of Brilliant Simplicity qualifies for 1 CEU|LU.
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Thank You to our sponsors for making this screening possible, Contemporary Arts Center | New Orleans and the New Orleans Film Society.
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Brilliant Simplicity: 10 Designers research, collaborate, innovate
and Bellerophon Productions®
Brilliant Simplicity a new film from Metropolis magazine and Bellerophon Productions is a cinemagraphic examination of design thinking at a time when information is available at the click of a mouse and the old design silos are toppling.
Brilliant Simplicity is based on the work of winners and runners-up in Metropolis’s Next Generation® Design Competition which, since 2004 has been asking designers, ten years or less in practice, for workable ideas that will make our world sustainable, accessible, technologically-savvy, and historically relevant.
The film and the conversations promise to intrigue today’s green designers.
Metropolis magazine produced this 20-minute film to be used in conjunction with a traveling lecture tour, to take place at large architectural and design firms throughout the country. The film will serve as a provocation for far-reaching conversations with Susan S. Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis magazine and Director, Brilliant Simplicity.
Brilliant Simplicity probes the thinking behind a new generation of breakthroughs in materials, methods, and things. It traces new ideas, from inspiration to prototype. It tells the stories of designers at work on making our world more energy efficient and healthy, using their high-level technical skills and their innate desire to make things. Examples of ongoing work are shown through interviews, backed up by images of inspirations and prototypes.
In each case it’s the research—scientific and/or historical, academic and/or applied—that leads to new solutions. In the process the designer’s role is reassessed and redefined: Thus the lone star form-giver turns into the willing collaborator. Featured designers talk about their easy relationships with many different specialists; some architects even engage in software design and prototype making, once considered the domain of specialists in software and industrial design.
Brilliant Simplicity, the film’s title, signifies the happy outcomes of smart design decisions that can lead to seemingly simple solutions which can lead to new paradigms.
The film follows the progress of innovative ideas, including
***the creation of an entirely new building material/method inspired by the structure of spider webs and super-lightweight airplanes using software-directed robots
***an entirely new way of capturing the sun’s energy by analyzing space-age technologies and miniaturization and working with specialists as far afield as nanotechnology and psychology
***high-tech structures that collect and store precious rain water based on ancient building techniques observed in Yemen
***poetic room dividers that show an understanding of the open spaces and delicate materiality of traditional Japanese houses while it pushes paper technology to new levels of expression
Some of the interviews include:
***John Hong and Jinhee Park, partners in the Cambridge architecture firm, SinglespeedDesign, on the Big Dig House and its implications for how we build and what we build with
***Anna Dyson, the architect who heads up Rensselear Politechnic Institute’s Matetrialab in Troy, New York, on the wide-ranging collaborations it takes to design the break-through Solar Dynamic Façade
***The RVA Fellowship (established by Raphael Viñoly Architects, New York) and how it turns academic research into applied research by developing a new kind of green roof (based on Joseph Hagerman’s vision of Biopavers) and a new building technology based on robotic manufacturing of super-lightweight, high-performance materials (driven by Mike Silver’s Composite Fiber Placement Software and an upstate-New York manufacturer)
***David Benjamin and Soo-In Yang, co-teachers of The Living Studio at Columbia architecture school and partners in the experimental New York architecture firm, The Living, on the results of their unique “flash research” methods that focus on responsive buildings
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