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You may run across Harrington College of Design instructors outside of Chicago quite often… from solo exhibitions to SoHo Galleries to volunteer work, our faculty members travel far and wide, vibrantly active in the design community.

On Thursday, March 23rd, Harrington Interior Design instructor, Daniela Ghertovici gave a public lecture at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, where she is serving as the 2011 Honorary Green Chair. Her lecture, titled Soft Voices In Hard Times: Collective Infrastructures in Open Source Design covered a variety of topics, and touched on component definitions:

  • SOFT systems are digital and complex.
  • VOICES refer to the collective power of social media and the politics of grass roots movements.
  • HARD TIMES refers to the current economic hardships that are causing paradigm shifts in design.
  • COLLECTIVE INFRASTRUCTURES are the tools that we design for designing, which increasingly are both made and utilized in a collaborative manner
  • OPEN SOURCE production processes promote granting public access to the end product’s source material, for continued development and innovation.

About Daniela Ghertovici:
Daniela is a designer, architect, and artist.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and has been practicing architecture and interior design in Chicago since 1995. She is a recipient of the prestigious Graham Foundation Grant, and has exhibited extensively, most notably at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Skyscraper Museum in New York. Currently, Daniela is a full-time faculty member at the Harrington College of Design and teaches within the Interior Design department.

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When Interior Design graduate students Aleksandra Furman (MID), Ryan Ross (MAID) and Manuel Navarro-Soto (MID) created their Social Media Hotel15 for their MID530 Advanced Studio I: Creative Collaboration class led by Interior Design Instructor Daniela Ghertovici, Graduate Faculty (Interior Design), it created quite a buzz.
 
Hotel15 was the student winner of the John Hardy Group- and Hospitality Design magazine-sponsored Radical Innovation in Hospitality Award competition. You can read about the concept here
 
Recently Hospitality Design released a full press release on the design! Check it out at http://www.hospitalitydesign.com/hospitalitydesign/projects/Radical-Innovation-i-2378.shtml
 
Included in the article is a comment by Aleksandra, who said, “The idea behind Hotel15 came to me over drinks with friends. We were discussing society’s obsession with different forms of social media such as Facebook, Foursquare, and Chatroulette, and YouTube. I think the core customer of Hotel15 is someone that is willing to give up privacy for attention. Right now, the idea seems a bit shocking and voyeuristic, but I believe that in a few years this will be the norm.”
 
What do you think? Ready to watch and be watched on curtain walls of your hotel? Gives everyone a chance to be their own reality star 😉
 

Design courtesy Aleksandra Furman, Ryan Ross and Manuel Navarro-Soto

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Check out some highlights from the Summer Professionals Night on July 8, 2010 below… 

 

Open to Harrington Interior Design students from ID3, Portfolio,Thesis Prep, Thesis and Grad Students, Harrington’s Professional nights bring in industry professionals to critique student work, allowing Interior Design students a chance to gain valuable advise and feedback on their work, as well as create a networking opportunity.

Thanks to all the students for participating and presenting their projects and everyone who helped to make this event a success!

Also a great thank you goes to all the Designers and Architects who gave students their valuable input and critique: Fabio Grego, Robert C. Vagnières, Thomas Marquardt, Lori Oelhafen,  Morlen Sinoway, Lucy Trimarco, Demetra Vartzikos, Constantine Vasilios,  Daniela Ghertovici, Peter Klick and Crandon Gustafson. 

Photos courtesy Peter Klick

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When Harrington Interior Design graduate students Aleksandra Furman (MID), Ryan Ross (MAID) and Manuel Navarro-Soto (MID) began their concept project for their MID530 Advanced Studio I: Creative Collaboration class led by Interior Design Instructor Daniela Ghertovici, Graduate Faculty (Interior Design), they never knew just how far their project would go.

Aleks, Manuel, and Ryan’s design concept was Hotel 15, an online social networking hotel that enables guests to become fragments of mass media culture. The rooms and public spaces of the hotel become a virtual stage for patrons.  Participants have the option of activating a live video stream of their interactions at the hotel which is then placed on the hotel website.  Online participants can interact with hotel guests via video chat and vote on their favorite hotel guest.  The top voted guest will then be displayed on the hotel façade.  In addition to the hotel website there is an iPhone application which allows people to monitor the activities going on at Bar 15 and Hotel 15.    

  

See all of pictures of the design here.

Early this year, the three graduate students submitted their design for consideration in the Radical Innovation in Hospitality Contest. Co-founded and produced by Hospitality Design Group (HD Group)  and the John Hardy Group (JHG),  the award recognizes ingenuity in a built or un-built hospitality concept.  Projects from around the world are submitted for this award by hospitality brands, design and consulting professionals, and students.  Entries are judged each year by a panel of industry experts.

In April Aleks, Ryan and Manuel received the exciting news that their entry was chosen to receive the Student “Judges Special Award,” along with the invitation to attend the HD Expo Show  on May 19th in Las Vegas, NV, free of charge. In Las Vegas, the Harrington Graduates were presented with the $1500 prize money (via one huuuge check) and were published in the HD magazine and on hdmag.com.  

Congrats to Aleks, Ryan and Manuel, and we look forward to reading any future updates on their winning design!

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Both are projects that Harrington Graduate Interior Design Instructor and architect, Daniela Ghertovici worked on extensively during her employment at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and have recently been in the news.

BURJ KHALIFA (formerly known as Burj Dubai), Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Having opened just a few months ago, the Burj Khalifa is now the world’s tallest building and free-standing structure.  While at SOM, Daniela worked on Burj for almost 3 years, in various design and technical team leader roles.  Having started on the project when it was in schematic design, she continued through design development and construction documentation supervising groups of 6-10 designers.  Daniela worked on many aspects of the design, including site, building envelope, and interiors.

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The Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China was designed as the world’s first Net Zero Energy Supertall Tower, which is a paradigm shift in energy conservation for tall buildings.  Daniela worked on Pearl River Tower at SOM for 2 years, starting at the beginning of schematic design and through design development.  After the first few months of intense planning and coordination, she was the curtainwall team leader, which entailed designing and detailing a geometrically complex double-wall system with photovoltaic cells and wind turbines embedded into the façade.  This project was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, simultaneous with the exhibit Massive Change by Bruce Mau.

PEARL RIVER TOWER, Guangzhou, China

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About Daniela Ghertovici
Daniela is a designer, architect, and artist.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and has been practicing architecture and interior design in Chicago since 1995. She is a recipient of the prestigious Graham Foundation Grant, and has exhibited extensively, most notably at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Skyscraper Museum in New York.

Burj Khalifa and Pearl River Tower photos courtesy SOM

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On Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Keith Besserud of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) BlackBox was welcomed by his former colleague, Harrington Interior Design Instructor Daniela Ghertovici to present a lecture on “Paradigm Shifts in Digital Design” at the Harrington College of Design. Students and faculty had the opportunity to gain exclusive insight on SOM’s interest in the power of advanced computational paradigms and their ongoing research and application of the parametric relationships between architectural forms and the multi-disciplinary forces that interact with these forms.

 Many thanks to Keith and SOM BlackBox for the lecture – we look forward to seeing you again at the Harrington College of Design sometime soon!

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About SOM BlackBox Studio
The BlackBox Studio is a team of architects, design professionals, and other unique experts whose mission is to engage in all stages of the design process across all service disciplines, leveraging the power of advanced computational design tools and methods to expose and explore new frontiers of conceptual thought and innovative form/space/place-making in the work of the SOM Chicago design studios and service disciplines.

BlackBox is an applied research resource. The group’s parametric modeling and scripting expertise is focused primarily on two broad areas of interest: the search for the “optimal” (goal-oriented) and the search for the “novel” (exploration).

In the search for the optimal, wide-ranging performance criteria may be used to define goals that drive fitness functions embedded in form-finding algorithms. These algorithms link design performance to building form to generate vast populations of “informed” building design concepts. Performance may be defined, for example, according to programmatic requirements, structural efficiency, energy consumption, day lighting quality, constructability, economic feasibility, contextual social impact, aesthetic sensibility, or by any other possible performative criteria that is related to the evaluation and decision-making of an architectural design process.

In the search for the novel, the power of computation is harnessed to effectively explore the infinity of possible design solutions and to search out pockets of that design space that yield novel ideas which might not have been found through more traditional manual methodologies. The disposition of this trajectory is open-ended, simply looking to answer the question, “What’s out there that we have not encountered before and how do we find it?” Also included in this area of interest are explorations related to the development of generative algorithms and parametric models, in which designers can author frameworks of rules that enable creative sandboxing and the testing of “what if” scenarios in very quick succession.

Information about SOM BlackBox Studio courtesy BlackBox Studio

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