Future Solutions


Open studios with zeroplus architects
Wednesdays from 2-5pm (and one Monday from 12-2pm)
September 5 – October 24, 2012


Offering another look at the topic, Solutions, The Project Room presents an eight-week residency with architects Joshua Brevoort and Lisa Chun of zeroplus. Every Wednesday from 2-5pm, Josh and Lisa will bring their studio practice to TPR to tackle the question of what the next generation of the built environment will look like. Some of the issues they will address are urbanization living, building fabrication, and digital augmentation.

Special guests from different areas of expertise will join them and share their skills- stop by to see what they’re making!


About the Artists:

Joshua Brevoort architect and futurist, co-founded zeroplus in 1999, an architectural practice that includes the questioning of futures and focused on how the built environment is effected by technology, infrastructure, and social interaction, as well as work rooted in the practicalities of construction and turning the visions of exceptionally creative clients into build places.  He has taught, reviewed and lectured at both the University of Washington and Washington State University Schools of Architecture, exhibited at University of British Columbia, Emily Carr Gallery, the AIA Seattle gallery, awarded a couple of AIA awards and have been published widely in both print and digital media.

Lisa Chun has practiced design and architecture in multiple spheres in for the past 25 years. In 1999, she co-founded zeroplus, a design firm that finds the intersection of traditional practice of building and urban projects with research based investigations. The work of the zeroplus has been recognized with design awards in addition to being exhibited and published widely. Alongside her work at zeroplus, Lisa has taught, lectured, and reviewed at the University of Washington, Washington State University and Cornish College of the Arts.

Images: (Top) float.jpg A process model for a project that was developed for the Korean Expo 2012, featuring an ocean pavilion that would move with the tides while acting as a remediation device in a polluted bay and an interpretive site for visitors to understand the world’s oceans.

(Bottom) DEWelectric.jpg (detail) A proposal for an energy generating and a water collection field for the City of Dubai. Modeled after the Namibian Beetle that collects water during the transition from night to day, the “plops” use sea water to cool air and collect the condensation while generating power by harnessing the wind created by the temperature change.

Special guests who are scheduled to work in TPR with zeroplus during Future Solutions:

Eric Baldwin, Architect, biologist, future thinker

Ian Campbell grew up in Arkansas receiving his degree in architecture from the University of Arkansas ‐ Fay Jones School of Architecture. Ian has traveled around the world studying architecture and design with resident programs in Italy, Mexico and Denmark. Before founding RSVR, Ian designed projects with several internationally award winning design firms including Zero Plus Architects (Seattle, WA), Lead Pencil Studio (Seattle, WA) and Works Partnership Architecture (Portland, OR). His design experience ranges from large scale commercial projects to small residential remodels and temporary artistic installations. In his current collaboration with Benjamin Gray, Ian is exploring the intersection of architecture, art and industrial design through temporary and permanent installation works.

Shahana Dattagupta works as a creativity catalyst, strategist and storyteller. The domains of her work include architecture, visual art, creative writing, Indian classical music and theater. Shahana believes that creativity is at the heart of a thriving and purposeful human existence, and that its conscious practice can heal, empower and transform both in the personal and in the collective. Her discovery that “present” storytelling can be used as a generative device for one’s life, work and impact on humanity is the basis of all her endeavors. Through Flying Chickadee’s zine and workshops, Shahana delights in guiding others past their fears to their innate creative power, and witnessing together, their creative and entrepreneurial projects birth not only something new and valuable for the world, but also their own inner lights and thriving lives.

Cameron Hall, Architect, Urbanist, systems designer extrodinaire.

Flora Goldthwaite- It’s not business as usual in the future; we get to create it. Let’s make choices that will benefit us all and tell a beautiful story of how it will be. My mission is to inspire and mobilize influential people & organizations to benefit society through conscious choices in alignment with their inherent moral centers. While our moral imperative is serious business, I intend to inspire through conventional and unconventional means. More of my vision, philosophy, and experience are spotted throughout my stories. I invite you to collaborate with me on future projects. 21 years of Microsoft experience; the last 11 were spent imagining the future along with a great interdisciplinary team. Together with key stakeholders we created presentations and prototypes that embody the company’s dreams for future technology and computing. Upon leaving the company my primary responsibility had been managing the vision and experience within the Microsoft Home. A world class future envisioning facility housed within the Redmond Executive Briefing Center, the Microsoft Home is the most requested and highest rated session offered to business guests.

Annie Han, Daniel Mihalyo- Lead Pencil Studio is the working name of the art and architecture collaborative founded in 1997 by Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo. After their meeting at the University of Oregon in 1991, they founded Lead Pencil Studio in order to cooperatively pursue installation art, site specific art, and functional architecture. Drawing equally from architecture and the studio arts, their work is an exploration of the history and memory of occupied sites and spatial gestures at the architectural scale. Their practice is self‐described as “architecture in reverse…our projects are everything about architecture with none of its function…spaces with no greater purpose than to be perceived and question the certainty posited by the man‐made world” They are winners of the 2007 Founder’s Rome Prize in architecture from the American Academy in Rome, and were recognized in 2006 as an “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural League of New York.

Greg Howes, Partner at Cut My Timber and CEO, IDEAbuilder. He has more than 15 years of experience in residential construction and 10 years in technology companies. Greg is a builder, maker and fabricator.

Amy Lindemuth, Site Designer With a background in anthropology and years spent in the high desert of New Mexico, Amy appreciates the larger processes which connect natural, cultural, and urban landscapes. Her interests are in creating healthy, sustainable spaces that engage users with each visit. Amy has worked on a variety of projects from regional and community parks to streetscapes and campus design. She is inspired by design innovations that are holistic and culturally responsive in approach.

Shannon Loew is the founder of Form In Context (a.k.a. FIX), a small real estate development company focused on urban infill projects that stimulate community through shared values of innovation and creativity. FIX is the culmination of Shannon’s on‐going pursuit to create great places with inspiring, relevant design. Shannon is an associate member of the AIA, LEED certified and holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in environmental architecture from Vassar College. He has worked with some of the largest real estate developers in the country, prize winning architects in the US and Europe and at IDEO where he designed on a range of issues from apparel retail to sustainable mineral resource extraction. Clients have included Marriott, Nike, Rio Tinto, and Forest City. Prior to his career in architecture, Shannon worked in marketing and business consulting for seven years in New York and South Africa on a diverse set of industries.

Fred Metz, Founder Spiral Arts. Maker. Artist. Machinist. Manipulator of space and time.

Ana Pinto da Silva leads design for Microsoft’s Strategic Prototyping and Advanced Strategies Group (StratPro). Her work synthesizes her interests in storytelling, architecture and emerging technologies and her deep passion for creative collaboration. Her previous experience includes game development, architecture, and interactive media. Her work has garnered several awards including the Al Falah Grant from U.C. Berkeley in 2002 and a Webby Worthy Award in 2003. In addition to her media work, she has been an instructor at San Francisco State’s Multimedia Studies Program developing and teaching courses on interactive media history and development. She has extensive non‐profit board experience including her current work as a board member for Artist Trust and is the founder of Seattle’s Pecha Kucha chapter. Ana received her bachelor’s in architecture from U.C. Berkeley and her MDesS from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She is a graduate of Seattle’s Leadership Tomorrow program, serving as class valedictorian in 2009.

Gundula Proksch is a scholar, registered architect and architectural educator. Her current research investigates sustainable infrastructure for cities with applied living systems, such as urban agriculture. The research particularly considers flows of water, energy and waste. Over her career, her work explores innovative approaches to design and research projects ranging from the transformation and remediation of urban landscapes to the integration of new technologies in building envelopes. Over the past 18 years she has practiced architecture in New York, London, Zurich, Vienna, Berlin and Seattle. She is currently a faculty member at the University of Washington, after teaching at Parsons, Cornell, and the University of the Arts in Berlin.

Ken Yocum, PHD‐assistant professor, University of Washington. With a background in wildlife ecology, landscape architecture, and urban planning, Ken brings over 12 years of professional experience in restoration design, watershed analysis, land use planning, and field‐based research. He recently joined the landscape architecture faculty at the University of Washington focusing his teaching and research on topics associated with urban ecological design and planning. Prior to joining academia he was employed with ESA Adolfson, an environmental consulting firm in Seattle doing a wide range of work from small scale site design to managing watershed analysis and planning projects. He also worked for nearly six years with Seattle Public Utilities focusing on the analysis and management of several urban watersheds.