Graduate Colloquium

“Fine Grain Urbanism—Public Interventions"

Information Session

The School of Architecture Graduate Government would like to extend our warmest welcome to the entire TSA community to join us Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 for our annual colloquium. This year’s theme is “Fine Grain Urbanism—Public Interventions” presented by Dan D’Oca of Interboro Partners, Blaine Merker of Rebar Art Group and Vito Acconci of Acconci Studios.

All Colloquium events this year will be held on Saturday, March 29. The schedule for Saturday is as follows:


10-10:30   Light breakfast provided

10:30 - 12:30    Speaker presentations

12:30 - 1:30      Lunch [provided]

1:30 ~ 3   Q&A


Graduate students and Faculty are invited to join us at the Alumni House on Friday, March 28 from 6-10pm for the Graduate Open House Reception. Colloquium guest speakers and prospective graduate students will also be in attendance. Food and drinks will be provided by McClure’s Barbeque.

Contact Peter Henseler or Michael Battipaglia if you have any questions or concerns.

A little about each speaker:

Dan D’Oca    Interboro Partners    New York, NY

A specialist in the politics of contemporary urban conditions in America, Dan engages his work through writing, teaching, and practice. He is an urban planner and co-founder of the New York-based architecture, planning, and research firm Interboro Partners. Dan and his firm are leading researchers of design within the contemporary cityscape, promoting grassroots regionalism, open city access, and “Jacobs-ian” complexity of the neighborhood. The firm has won many awards including the Young Architects Award, the New York Practices Award (AIA NY), and the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. Dan currently teaches as Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, & Criticism at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Interboro Partners’ book, The Arsenal of Exclusion/Inclusion: 101 Things that Open and Close the City, will be published in late 2014.


Blaine Merker    Rebar Art and Design Studio    San Francisco, CA

The work of Rebar Art and Design Studio, based out of San Francisco, incorporates fields as diverse as community activism, public art, landscape design, and urban planning. At the heart of their work is a hopeful exuberance and active passion for both civilian and city. Rebar’s work has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2008), the American Institute of Architects, and Harvard Graduate School of Design, among many others. Blaine Merker is a principal and co-founder of Rebar and works to “[bridge] the disciplines of design, engineering, and the social sciences to make space for experimentation and play.” Blaine has taught in the Landscape Architecture Department at University of California at Berkeley, California College of the Arts, and Texas A&M University College of Architecture.


Vito Acconci    Acconci Studio    New York, NY

Sculptor, poet, performance artist, photographer, architect, and installation artist Vito Acconci has long been one of the most acclaimed conceptual artists in the world. Mr. Acconci and his firm work at the intersections of all design fields with a conceptual focus on architecture and design at the boundary between public and private space. His work has been featured in exhibitions and publications worldwide and he has worked with designers as varied as Steven Holl and Ai Weiwei. Vito currently teaches at Brooklyn College and Pratt Institute while leading the Brooklyn-based Acconci Studio.


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