Natural Fuse



Project Presentation: Natural Fuse
Usman Haque

Friday, September 18, 2009
12:30 p.m.
The Urban Center
457 Madison Avenue

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Presented as part of the public program series organized in conjunction with the Architectural League’s fall 2009 exhibition Toward the Sentient City.

For many of us these days, “home” is an idea constructed from several places–we live in social environments and neighborhoods composed of networked fragments that bridge huge geographical distances. Usman Haque will talk about such architectural issues with specific reference to “Natural Fuse,” his project for the League’s exhibition Toward the Sentient City.  “Natural Fuse” is a city-wide network of electronically-assisted plants that act both as energy providers and and as a shared “carbon sink” resource.  The project encourages collective cooperation in regulating energy consumption through a network of “circuit breakers” distributed throughout the city.    For more information about Natural Fuse and Toward the Sentient City, visit the exhibition website at

Usman Haque has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and massparticipation performances. His skills include the design of both physical spaces and the software and systems that bring them to life. As well as directing the work of Haque Design + Research he was until 2005 a teacher in the Interactive Architecture Workshop at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London.

Tickets are required for admission to League programs. Tickets are free for League members; $10 for non-members.  Non-members may purchase tickets at the door. AIA and New York State continuing education credits are available.

Toward the Sentient City was made possible with support from the J. Clawson Mills Fund of the Architectural League and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.  Additional support was provided by the University at Buffalo.

Toward the Sentient City is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Image Credit: Natural Fuse System Diagram, by Haque Design + Research