At the intersection of art, engineering and architecture “Light in the Public Realm” will explore James Carpenter’s focus upon the phenomenological qualities of light as a central organizing principle of the public realm. Using infrastructural, cultural and civic projects, James Carpenter will outline some of his firms’ innovative strategies that merge program, performance, structure and light to reveal the unique characteristics of a place and to embody a deeper collective experience of nature.
James Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA) is a cross-disciplinary design firm led by James Carpenter. The firm is recognized for its distinctive use of natural light, which serves as the foundation of its design philosophy. Considered a foremost authority on glass and daylighting, Carpenter has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He holds a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a Loeb Fellow of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Architecture Operations D.P.C. (ArcOps) is an independent and full service architecture firm established in 2012 which collaborates with JCDA to seamlessly provide clients with comprehensive design services on projects ranging in scale from new buildings to signature design features to reactivations of existing spaces—in each instance providing a unified design vision to guide the project from conception to completion.
©David Sundberg, “Sky Reflector-Net”, 2014, JCDA, Fulton Center, New York, NY