EMERGING VOICE 2014
To read an interview with David Benjamin, click here: archleague.org/2014/07/the-living/
David Benjamin founded The Living in 2006 with the mission of “creating the architecture of the future” through the exploration of “how new technologies come to life in the built environment.” These concepts have found form in a diverse collection of installations and projects, most recently Mussel Choir, “a monitoring system using live mussels as bio-sensors and vocalizing changes in water quality through artificial intelligence and natural intelligence,” commissioned for the Venice Biennale (developed in collaboration with Mark Shepard and Natalie Jeremijenko); the 2013 project EcoPark commissioned by the NYCEDC (also in collaboration with Natalie Jeremijenko); the in-process Princeton Laboratory of Embodied Computation; and Hy-Fi, the firm’s installation for the 2014 MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program.
David Benjamin received his M.Arch. degree from Columbia University, where he has been the Director of the Living Architecture Lab and Assistant Professor since 2005. A former winner of The Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers (with Soo-in Yang), Benjamin has subsequently received numerous awards including the New York Prize Fellowship, the Van Alen Institute; a R + D Award, Architect Magazine; the American Institute of Architects New Practices New York Award; and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.
The Emerging Voices award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism.