This semester, Greg once again has been invited to be the prestigious Strauch Visiting Professor of Sustainable Architecture in Cornell.
As part of the post Greg is teaching a post-graduate option studio entitled “EVO-DEVO – Mapping the evolutionary morphology of the distributed city.”
With Michael Jefferson (ex OMA), which looks at the idea of the city as super-organism. The proposition for the studio is developed from diverse ideas such as hacking and evolutionary development:
“….The city must be seen as a body, a whole, rather than this collection of parts, and if the city is a body, then it must be subject to the evolutionary forces of the biotic. We intend to use these mutable forces of evolution to create a new way of designing the city.”
The Studio focusses on the future of Buffalo NY , a shrinking city in the heart of America’s Rust Belt, and students are designing a series of hacks for the city that take advantage of the shrinkage and will lead to a new engagement of the city with its ecological and economic contexts.