The Living lecture

David Benjamin of The Living discusses his work as part of the Emerging Voices lecture series.

July 18, 2014

Recorded on March 6, 2014.

The Living was one of eight firms recognized by the 2014 Emerging Voices competition, which honors North American designers with distinct voices and significant bodies of realized work. Founder David Benjamin presented his work as part of the associated lecture series.

Founded in 2006 with “the mission of creating the architecture of the future,” The Living explores “how new technologies come to life in the built environment.”

In this video, Benjamin discusses the importance of prototyping, communications technologies, and engagement with biology to his practice. The firm’s investigations into dynamic, responsive architecture and designing with uncertainty are demonstrated in such projects as Amphibious Architecture (the first iteration of which was developed as part of the League’s 2009 exhibit Toward the Sentient City), Street Life, and Hy-Fi, The Living’s installation for the 2014 MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program.


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