Liminal Projects (Omar Kahn and Laura Garófalo)
Laura Garófalo, Principal, Liminal Projects and Associate Professor, UB Department of Architecture, Omar Khan, Principal, Liminal Projects and Associate Professor and Chair, UB Department of Architecture
in Buffalo, NY
Omar Khan and Laura Garófalo are associate professors at University at Buffalo, School of Architecture and principals of Liminal Projects. Prof. Khan also serves as the Chair of the Department of Architecture. Their award winning firm was selected by the Architectural League of New York as Notable Young Architects and has exhibited at multiple venues including the Architectural League of New York and the National Building Museum in Washington D.C.. Most recently they were research fellows at the European Ceramics Work Center in the Netherlands and the University of Tasmania.
Prof. Garófalo’s research focuses on architecture as an active environmental steward, resilient lightweight structures and hierologically centered buildings. Her design awards include the International Garden Festival Jardins de Métis, the Architecture for Humanity Charleston Transit Hub Competition, and the What if New York City Post Disaster Housing Competition. Her work has been published in Matter: Material Processes in Architectural Production , Vegetecture, and the Interior Architecture Theory Reader among others.
Prof. Khan has been on the forefront of research in architecture and pervasive computing. He co-edited the pamphlet series Architecture and Situated Technologies, has been widely published, and recently has co-organized several conferences including MediaCities 4 and ACADIA 2014: Adaptive Architecture both of which address themes in networked technologies and spatial practices. Prof. Khan has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts and the Department of Education and is a past fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts.
LIMINAL PROJECTS'S PRESENTATIONS
BY LIMINAL PROJECTS (OMAR KAHN AND LAURA GARÓFALO)
@ VOL 17
ON SEP 15, 2016
"Ask a ceramicist and they will insist that the material lives."
In Ceramic Assemblies from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, Laura Garófalo and Omar Kahn of Liminal Projects discuss their prototypes for ceramic building systems that were developed at the European Ceramics Workcentre (ekwc), in Oisterwijk, the Netherlands. They are designs that explore ways that architecture can mediate heat, water and nature. Ceramics, which are fired clay, are one of the oldest building materials. But they defy easy categorization because their behavior and properties are so diverse. Ceramics were used to build the Roman aqueducts and also used for the heat shield on the Space Shuttle. Ask a ceramicist and they will insist that the material lives. It is this quality that Garófalo and Kahn want to capture and perpetuate in their work.