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Megastructures: EcoARK – Film Screening and Discussion

2011-11-08

<i>Megastructures: EcoARK</i> features the planning and construction of the EcoARK pavilion at the 2010 Taipei International Flora Expo, the first mega-building of its kind. The visually stunning structure is built to withstand earthquakes and typhoons and is made of 1.5 million recycled PET bottles. National Geographic, in cooperation with the Government Information Office in Taiwan, worked on documenting the challenges and eventual success faced by the architectural, planning and building teams who worked on this incredible structure. Following the film will be a conversation with EcoARK architect Arthur Huang and Harvey Molotch, Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at NYU, moderated by Cameron Tonkinwise, the Associate Dean for Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design, to discuss the important contemporary global issues of urban architecture and ecological sustainability raised by the film.

EcoARK architect Arthur Huang formally established MINIWIZ in 2006 and since then the company has grown organically into a profitable international ecosolution product brand employing over 40 full-time professional engineers, architects and designers.

Harvey Molotch is Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at New York University where he conducts research on issues of city growth and urban security as well as on product design and development. He has also researched issues in news media, the sociology of art, neighborhood racial integration, and the sociology of the environment.

Cameron Tonkinwise is the Associate Dean for Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design. Previously the Co-Chair of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, Cameron came to the New School from Sydney, Australia where he was Director of Design Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Executive Director of Change Design, a thinktank focused on design-enabled social change toward more sustainable futures.

Presented In Collaboration With The Taipei Economic And Cultural Office In New York

Co-sponsored by: NYU Center for Media, Culture and History

Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
Venue: Cantor Film Center
Address:
36 East 8th Street, Theater 101
New York, NY 10003 United States
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