NSAD's Kurt Hunker Speaks in Moscow on “Programming for Spectacle: The Tall Building’s Next Phase?”

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Research by NewSchool of Architecture and Design’s Graduate Architecture Program Chair has received international recognition.

Kurt Hunker, Graduate Architecture Program Chair at NewSchool of Architecture and Design

Kurt Hunker, Graduate Architecture Program Chair at NewSchool of Architecture and Design, is scheduled to present his latest research on the critical literature of tall buildings at several events planned in Moscow this week. His presentation - “Programming for Spectacle: The Tall Building’s Next Phase?” - is the latest he has made to an international audience and it builds on more than ten years of his own research into the topic.

Hunker, whose speaking engagements include presenting at the MARKHI University (Russia-Moscow Institute of Architecture) March 27, has received extensive recognition for his research, which he has presented at international conferences such as the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat international conference in London and the International Alvar Aalto Meeting on Modern Architecture in Jyväskylä Finland. His research on the topic has also been published in eVolo: “The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered: Critical Events Since 9/11.”

Hunker evaluates what has been written by architecture critics about tall buildings and their role in society. He explores how critics make connections between architecture in the new global economy and the concept of “spectacle,” or how the architecture of tall buildings reflects cultural values. In his most recent research and presentation, Hunker explores the tall building’s next phase through the concept of “spectacular programming” approaches such as vertical neighborhoods and skateboard parks that have the potential to redefine the concept of “mixed-use.”

Hunker has developed this topic for more than a decade, and at NSAD he challenges students to explore future concepts for tall buildings. NSAD student work has received outside recognition for a number of student projects that explored tall building concepts for the redevelopment of San Diego’s downtown area, as detailed in a news story by the U-T San Diego, "How Students Would Design San Diego’s Skyline”: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/Feb/03/architects-meet-your-competition/.

About NewSchool of Architecture and Design
Located in downtown San Diego, NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) prepares students for career success in design fields through an emphasis on interdisciplinary and global design skills, industry collaborations and real-world projects. The school’s programs include architecture, construction management, product design and interior design. The school also offers programs in digital media arts, game art, game programming and animation. For the past two years, DesignIntelligence has ranked NSAD among the top 10 undergraduate architecture schools in the western United States in its publication “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools.” The school’s design environment provides inspiration for the school’s students and faculty, recognized for their work regionally and internationally, and NSAD students are prepared to work in a global and diverse work environment through the school’s collaborations with award-winning schools around the world such as Domus Academy in Milan, Italy and Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand. NSAD is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission, and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). NSAD’s Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture and Executive Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). http://www.newschoolarch.edu/.

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