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  • I Hear You Say is an installation that translates sound waves into furniture. Made from post-consumer recycled EPS with a hard coating, the piece is a large-scale visualization of the word “Ah” that functions as site-specific seating on the terrace of the Peter Wall Institute. Located on the terrace at the Peter Wall Institute and open to the public. The Institute invites visitors to recline on the installation and converse while contemplating English Bay and the Coast Mountains beyond.
  • Pop Rocks, an architectural installation commissioned by the City of Vancouver transformed a block of Robson Street in downtown Vancouver from August 15 until October 1, 2012. Pop Rocks is a radically experimental temporary design that borrows post-industrial waste on its way to be recycled.
  • AFJ Feedback Series, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Nov 6, 2012
  • AFJ Western Front, Vancouver, September 25, 2012
  • AFJ Accountability Technologies panel at Ars Electronica curated by Dietmar Offenhuber & Katja Schechtner, Sept 1, 2012
  • AFJ La Lucha Sin Fin: On Contemporary Charismatics and its Political Technologies, forthcoming book publication, Jan van Eyck, October 2012
  • AFJD Pop Rocks opens in Vancouver August 15 through Sept 3
  • *Latent Stare* group exhibition curated by David Bennewith, July 8 through Sept 30.
  • JD Sustainability at a Distance: lessons learned from the developing world presentation at Sustainable Futures: Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South, in Kampala, Uganda, June 30
  • JD Architecture beyond borders: provisional lessons learned from the developing world presentation at ACSA Barcelona, June 22
  • JD Appointed Peter Wall Institute Early Career Scholar, April 15.
  • AFJData Is Political: Art, Design & the Politics of Information conference at KHiB (National Arts Academy) in Bergen, Norway, March 15
  • JDForm & Energy lecture series established at UBC, ongoing
  • JDWatershed Block awarded first contract for earth masonry units in Napa, California
  • JDLow Quality High Volume: Research Operations in Earth Economy lecture at Museum of Vancouver, March 18
  • JDSALA Works exhibition at OR Gallery, Vancouver Feb 25-March 15
  • AFJOpen Source Culture and Learning Cultures: Who Leads Whom? Panel discussion at ELIA, European League of Institutes of Arts, December 9, 2011
  • AFJ Appointed associate professor starting at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, July 1, 2012

PROJECTS

I Hear You Say is an installation that translates sound waves into furniture. Part-trash, the piece is made from post-consumer recycled EPS with a hard coating inviting visitors to recline on the installation and converse while contemplating English Bay and the Coast Mountains beyond. Photo credit: Krista Jahnke

ABOUT

AFJD is the design studio of Amber Frid-Jimenez and Joe Dahmen. The studio specializes in architecture and information design. Our transdisciplinary approach engages advanced technology to create conceptually rigorous virtual and environmentally sustainable built environments. Our practice is eclectic and multidimensional, which reflects the changing culture of design and technology. We invent new processes and create social and political situations around the design of architecture, information design, and social media.

We have been working together for fifteen years. Much of that time we have been in Boston, where we stayed after finishing degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We recently relocated to Vancouver and travel back and forth to Norway and the Netherlands for research and projects.


Photo credit: David Niddrie

Amber Frid-Jimenez is an awarding-winning interaction and print designer who has taught design studios and seminars at the Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Visual Arts Program, at the National Arts Academy (KHiB) in Bergen, Norway and most recently, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, where she is currently an associate professor. She holds a Masters in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab where she studied with John Maeda.

Joe Dahmen trained as an architect at MIT and is an expert on sustainable building technology. He is an Assistant Professor of Design and Sustainability Integration at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where he teaches design studios and building technology courses. He is also a Faculty Associate of the Peter Wall Institute. He has an Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked with Yung Ho Chang and 2008 MacArthur Fellow John Ochsendorf.