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What Constitutes "Smart Design" To Be Focus of Free AIANJ Fall Symposium

Anyone interested in the worlds of architecture and design won’t want to miss the upcoming, free annual AIANJ Fall Symposium in Weston Hall, Summit and Warren streets, home of NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design (COAD).  The event, set for March 6, 2013 from 4- 8 p.m. is a wonderful opportunity to hear fascinating debates among seasoned architects, designers and educators as they discuss questions like what is smart design while examining the ongoing technological transformation of the design disciplines. 

The event should be easy to reach either via public transportation on NJ Transit Electric Light Rail (NJIT/Warren Street Station) or by car.  Street parking should be available.  Food may be purchased from vendors in the NJIT Campus Center.      

“It is generally accepted that the history of innovation has relied heavily on technological advancements of the military,” explained event co-organizer Rhett Russo, associate professor at COAD.  “However, equally significant contributions also belong to the history of architecture. The material procurement, maritime transport of stone, surveying and machinery necessary to build the great pyramids, as well many other significant structures, relies upon a robust network of distributed Intelligence, that seeks to overcome the lack of knowledge, time, space, and tools that are commonly available.”

Another question to be discussed: What constitutes design? 

“Design has expanded exponentially at both ends of the spectrum,” said Matt Burgermaster, event co-organizer and assistant professor at COAD.  “Design redefines both the large and the small to reveal unprecedented opportunities for innovation ranging from the global to the Nano-scale.  How are architects and designers situating their work within these distribution networks?  How do they innovate in this context?  How have new approaches to business and logistics altered the way they conceptualize, construct and interact with our environment.  These are some of the questions we will pose and hopefully answer.”

Speakers include the following COAD faculty members: Professor Glenn Goldman, FAIA + IIDA, Director, COAD School of Art and Design; Associate professors Keith Krumwiede and Richard Garber; Assistant professors Martina Decker, Taro Narahara, Jesse LeCavalier, Brooks Atwood and Andrzej Zarzycki.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.