Essay of Rocker-Lange in Architecture in Formation

June 26th, 2013 by admin

“Architecture in Formation is the first digital architecture manual that bridges the gap between theory and practice, giving you a vital resource for navigating the digital future. Sixteen essays from practitioners, historians, and theorists look at the many ways information technology is being used to conceive and assess architecture to present to you a well-rounded discussion of the field. Twenty-nine projects illustrate real-world examples of the digital made concrete, so that you can see how you might do it too.”

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Edited by Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Aaron Sprecher

Featuring essays by: Georges Teyssot, Mario Carpo, Martin Bressani, Patrik Schumacher, Bernard Cache, Mark Linder, David Theodore, Evan Douglis, Rocker-Lange Architects, Antoine Picon, Michael Wen-Sen Su, Chris Perry, Alexis Meier, Achim Menges, Martin Bressani

The book will be published on 30th July 2013 by Routledge.

For more information please visit: http://www.routledge.com/

Rocker Lange’s Villa “Inside Out | Outside In” in Ai Weiwei’s exhibit ORDOS, Galleria Continua, Boissy-le-Châtel, France

June 22nd, 2013 by admin

The show is on view from June 22 till September 29, 2013.
For details please go to Galleria Continua

RLA_ORDOS100_Galleria-Con1, Rocker Lange Architects, Ordos 100

RLA_ORDOS100_Galleria-Con2, Rocker Lange Architects, Ordos 100

RLA_ORDOS100_Galleria-Con3, Rocker Lange Architects, Ordos 100

Rocker-Lange wins honorable mention

June 1st, 2013 by admin

Rocker-Lange Architects were awarded a honorable mention in the international design competition for a new bench design for the Kowloon East district in Hong Kong. The competition was held in conjunction with the 13th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, Hong Kong Response Exhibition.

Rocker Lange Architects, Urban Adapter HK 2.0, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg M. Rocker, urban furniture

The redevelopment of Kowloon East will have a diverse array of spatial conditions, from new, open public waterfront parks to tightly planned former industrial areas. Traditionally urban furniture consists of repeatable standardized elements while being installed in various conditions. The problem with repeatable elements is that they don’t adapt necessarily very well to the specificity of each site condition. The key concept of the “Urban Adapter HK 2.0” project is to establish a system that can address the explicit conditions of each site, and to blend each bench with a variety of programs. The specific design methodology and the computer aided construction and assembly process allows making every bench unique while creating a distinctive family of urban street furniture that creates a merging identity for Kowloon East.

This project with its unique user surfaces will have the capacity to place the user in a new position with the urban reality and its ecologies as much it may reposition the urban reality all together. Not only will it improve the quality of the public realm, it will also establish a new framework for use and for seeing and being seen in the urban streetscape of Kowloon East.

The material for this street furniture will be wooden slats making it a positive sustainable contribution. The finish of the bench is made of climbing rope or rubber band finish. Each bench will have a distinct color out of a specific color family making each bench identifiable. The wooden slats are CNC cut, making sure that each bench can be precisely assembled.

Rocker-Lange’s work in Collectice Visions – 2020 Housing China exhibition

May 9th, 2013 by admin

Rocker-Lange Architects work is on show in the exhibit “Collective Visions” @ KK Leung Concourse, The University of Hong Kong.

2020_Housing-China_01, Rocker Lange Architects, 2020 Housing China, Christian J. Lange

2020_Housing-China_02, Rocker Lange Architects, 2020 Housing China, Christian J. Lange

Presented in parallel with the HKU Department of Architecture symposium, 2020:Housing China, this exhibition contains a collection of projects by local and international researchers, designers and architecture firms related to housing in Hong Kong, China and greater Asia. The work presented is a combination of academic research, actual built projects and speculative ideas for the future of housing in an increasingly dense and urbanized China. Projects exhibited are designed for an array of contexts from urban, to suburban, to rural and range in scope from single detached houses to urban scale developments. Projects explore a range of housing topics including the formulation of architecture around specific social issues, new construction methodologies, adaptive reuse of existing buildings, innovative connections to infrastructure, new opportunities provided by digital technology and the historical development of housing over recent decades. Overall, the exhibition seeks to re-frame the development of mass housing over the course of the twentieth century and offers important models for a new century of Chinese growth.

Sponsored by:
Dennis Lau and Associates
Curated by:
Jason Carlow, Assistant Professor in Architecture
The University of Hong Kong

Collective Visions
10-20 May 2013
Opening Reception: May 10th, 18:30
KK Leung Concourse, The University of Hong Kong

2020: Housing China

April 22nd, 2013 by admin

Christian J. Lange, Assistant Professor of Architecture is currently co-organizing a symposium entitled 2020: Housing China. The symposium will be held at the Department of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong on May 10&11 2013.

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China’s urban population will increase in the next twenty years from about 50 % at present to almost 70% by 2030. With an estimated 300 million people moving to the city by 2020, China will change from a rural into an urban society. This transformation will influence the environment and habitation patterns of almost a quarter of the nation’s population. This rapid urbanization will not only have a significant impact on material resources, the society and the environment, it will also initiate the most prominent housing laboratory in human history challenging designers, planners and builders alike.

As a socio-political microcosm, Hong Kong has been dealing with the impacts of hyper-dense urban environments since the mid-twentieth century. During the past three decades the city has been also an active player in the development of China’s housing through various public and private initiatives. The essential questions are: What are the models at hand and is Hong Kong the right model for China? What are the alternative options and how can we make a difference through critical review and proposition?

The housing symposium entitled ” 2020: Housing China ” will explore issues related to these questions with a focus on housing typology, urban models, and their social and urban implications. Invited architects and scholars from Hong Kong, China, Asia and Europe will review and present collective housing developments within a historical and contextual framework. The symposium will provide a platform for shaping discourses and propositions on how architecture can be spatially and socially proactive by maintaining sustainable and innovative living environments for China in the 21st century.

10-11 May 2013,
KB419, 4/F Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong

Panel 1: Perspectives | Contexts
10 May 2013, 13:30 – 18:30
William S.W. Lim 林少偉 – Professor, Singapore
Huang Yi-ru 黃一如– Professor, Tongi University, Shanghai
Gu Daqing 顧大慶– Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Carolin Fong Suet Yuen 方雪原 – Director, Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Ltd, Hong Kong
John Ng 伍灼宜 – Former Chief Architect, Hong Kong Housing Authority, Hong Kong

Panel 2: Density | Scale | Typology
11 May 2013, 9:30 – 13:30
Dietmar Eberle – Professor, ETH Zurich, Faculty of Architecture; Shareholder, Baumschlager Eberle Group, Lochau Austria
Li Xinggang 李興鋼 – Chief Architect, China Architecture Design and Research Institute, Beijing
Meng Yan 孟岩 – Principal, Urbanus, Shenzhen
Keiichiro Sako 迫慶一郎 – Principal, SAKO Architects, Tokyo / Beijing

Panel 3: Urban Housing | Housing the City
11 May 2013, 14:30 – 18:30
Winy Maas – Professor Delft University; Principal MVRDV, Rotterdam
Dong Yi 董屹 – Partner, DC Alliance, Shanghai
Khoo Peng Beng 邱彬銘– Partner, Arc Studio. Architecture + Urbanism, Singapore
Qian Yuan 錢源 – Director, Vanke Wanchuang Design Management Center

For more information please visit: http://fac.arch.hku.hk/event/spring-2013-housing-symposium-2020-housing-china/

Ingeborg M. Rocker: Recursion: Aesthetics + Logics of Computation

April 1st, 2013 by admin


Ingeborg M. Rocker to deliver evening lecture at Sci-Arc

Wed, April 3, 2013,  7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Intro by Marcelo Spina

Ingeborg M. Rocker @ MOMA Symposium “Revisiting Henri Labrouste in the Digital Age”

March 26th, 2013 by admin

Held in conjunction with the exhibition Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Lightorganized by Barry Bergdoll, the symposium focuses on how the work of 19th-century architect’s innovative use of materials and light in spaces of contemplation and public assembly are relevant in contemporary culture and architecture.

Among the participants of the symposium are: Stephen Rustow (The Cooper Union), Neil Levine, (FAS, Harvard University), Dominique Perrault, Anthony Vidler, (The Cooper Union), Mario Carpo, (Yale University), Aranda Lash, and Ingeborg Rocker (GSD, Harvard University).

Henri Labrouste in the Digital Age, Ingeborg Rocker, Rocker-Lange Architects

GSD Associate Professor IngeborgM. Rocker will discuss how new materials and industrialized fabrication of the 19th century challenged traditional design strategies. While Henri Labrouste’scast ion structures have been considered precursors of Modern Architecture’s construction principles, it remains still to be seen if today’s computeraided and manufactured architectural componentsarea critique or rather a hyper articulation of modern material and production logics. What role played ornament then and now?

MOMA New York
Revisiting Henri Labrouste: In the Digital Age
Thursday, March 28, 2013
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

For detailed information see: www.moma.org

Christian J. Lange @ USJ – Macao

February 26th, 2013 by admin

Systems of Multiplicity, Christian J. Lange, Rocker Lange Architects

Christian J. Lange will deliver a lecture at the University of St. Joseph in Macao. The talk will discuss Rocker-Lange’s specific design approach through a set of projects that have been developed in their design and research practice in recent years.

Wednesday, March 20th 2013
6.30pm
Venue:

Speaker’s Hall
University of Saint Joseph, Macao

For more information please go to: www.usj.edu.mo

Rocker-Lange @ encodingarchitecture 2013

January 27th, 2013 by admin

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Rocker-Lange Architects will present part of their research work at the encodingarchitecture conference at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The conference is meant to synthesize new trajectories for the profession in a cybernetic context of tectonics, cultural philosophy, architectural theory and geopolitics.

For more information please visit: www.encodingarchitecture.org

Christian J. Lange in Friendly Fire on 12.12.12

December 5th, 2012 by admin

Christian J. Lange to deliver a talk as part of the Friendly Fire event at the Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong.

Friendly Fire, Christian J. Lange, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

HKU’s Faculty of Architecture teaching staff: Who are they? What do they do? What are the forces, ideas and topics that motivate and drive them? At a time when student’s schedules are fraught with presentations of their own creative outputs, “Friendly Fire” flips the coin and introduces a casual evening jam-packed with high-speed idea presentations by teaching staff. Compiled in a fully automated slideshow inspired by the Pecha Kucha lecture format, 15 speakers from within the faculty will present their thoughts and ideas.

Event Title: Friendly Fire
Date: 12 December 2012 (Wednesday)
Time: 8pm – 10pm
Venue: KB318, 3/F Knowles Building