“In the literature of radical environmental thinkers like Jane Bennet, Slavoj Zizek and Timothy Morton, new terms surface including hyperobjects, hoards, piles, and clouds. These terms are not simply the result of chemical interactions and statistical data, but new objects of environmental representation; they are part of our world and inevitably part of our discipline. Thus, how can we design buildings not only as aesthetic and formal artifacts, but also as new natures – not only in physiological exchange with the existing environment, but also as new environments which challenge and affect the existing climate?”
Lydia Kallipoliti & Chris Perry, Directors


Tanzil Shafique (Geofutures’14) at STUDIO Magazine, Milan

Tanzil Shafique, who graduated from the Geofutures program in 2014, has published an article in STUDIO, an independent magazine published in Milan which focuses on contemporary urbanism. The article is titled “Towards ‘Antifragile Urbanism’: Beyond the Fragility of Utopia and the Robustness of Resilience” and is featured in Issue no. 9 of STUDIO, titled “Beyond”. […]

Urban Swales in Dry Futures – Archinect

Geofutures MArch II program/student project featured in the December issue of Inside Rensselaer. The featured project, which placed second in the speculative category of the Dry Futures competition sponsored by Archinect, is called Urban Swales and was the culmination of a year’s worth of research and design work by recent MArch II graduate Ahmad Khan, […]

Geofutures at AICAD Conference

Geofutures director Chris Perry will present work from the Geofutures MArch II program at the AICAD conference (Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design) hosted by California College of the Arts in San Francisco on Nov. 6 and 7. The conference explores the general topic of science in the art and design studio.

Nancy Diniz at TxA Emerging Design+Technology

Assistant Professor Nancy Diniz presents at TxA Emerging Design+Technoloty at the Texas Society of Architects Convention, November 5-7, 2015. Presenting Fabrication-Informed Design Strategies for Inter-Scalar Surfaces Using a Textile Bio Material. More information can be found on the Texas Society of Architects Page.

Perry and Diniz at ACADIA 2015

Geofutures Director Chris Perry is Co-Technical Chair for ACADIA 2015, hosted by the University of Cincinnati, Oct 22-24. Geofutures faculty member, Nancy Diniz, will serve as a session chair in addition to presenting a paper. The conference theme, Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene, was developed by Perry along with his co-chair, both of whom also […]

Nancy Diniz awarded residency fellowship at EYEBEAM

Nancy Diniz awarded a residency fellowship at EYEBEAM, NY, USA Assistant Professor Nancy Diniz has been awarded a residency fellowship at the prestigious Eyebeam art + technology center in New York City, under their newly launched program “New Works from Innovators at the Intersection of Art and Technology“.

Between the Autonomous & Contingent Object

  Geofutures director Chris Perry will participate in the forthcoming ACSA Fall Conference at Syracuse University, October 8-10: More information about the debate here

Potential Fields

Program director Chris Perry’s design practice, pneumastudio, which he shares with landscape architect, Cathryn Dwyre, recently exhibited a 3D printed scale model of their Anthropocene Folly project at an outdoor group exhibition titled “Potential Fields” organized and curated by CR10 Arts for the Clermont Historic Site in Clermont, New York. Perry recently published an article […]

Geofutures student wins prize at Dry Futures competition

Geofutures graduate Muhammad Ahmad Khan’s Master’s Project from the Spring semester of 2015, titled Urban Swales, has placed second in the speculative category of the Dry Futures competition sponsored by Archinect. Congratulations to Ahmad and the Spring 2015 Geofutures faculty: Ted Ngai and Chris Perry (studio critics), Fleet Hower and Kelly Winn (associate critics and […]


Evan Douglis, Professor


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