From robots and pilot sites to TED Talks and travel studios, the currency of research has long been defined by a gold standard of innovation, certainty, proof and influence. Despite this promise, research has also been reprimanded for its technocratic overconfidence, creative repression, and, most recently, failure to contend with the post-truth era.In a lecture to the Pratt SOA, Janette Kim will explore alternate definitions of the currency of research, now centered on values of accountability, surprise, affinity and power-sharing. She will draw from her work as founding editor of the Applied Research Practices in Architecture (ARPA) Journal, and touch upon her own research work, including The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform book (with Erik Carver), the Win-Win board game series, and a design research project on social equity and property called Resilient Equity Hubs. In a workshop that follows this presentation, Janette will prompt participants to explore possible conceptual trajectories, partners, and platforms in their own, in-process work.

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Janette Kim is an architectural designer, researcher, and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work focuses on the intersection between ecology, social equity and the built environment. Janette is assistant professor of architecture and co-director of the Urban Works Agency at California College of the Arts and founding principal of the design practice All of the Above. Janette’s recent projects include a submission for the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge (with the All Bay Collective) entitled “The Estuary Commons,” and a series of board games called “Win-Win,” which have been exhibited at the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennial and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and were created in partnership with state agencies including the Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Janette is also author of The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform (Princeton Architectural Press 2015, with Erik Carver) and creator of the Safari audio tours on urban ecology (with Kate Orff and MTWTF). Her work has been awarded by the Graham Foundation, AIA San Francisco, and the Van Alen Institute New York Prize Fellowship, and has been featured in NPR’s ‘Brian Lehrer Show,’ Artforum, Architect, Frame, GOOD, and the feature-length documentary, The Grove.

Prior to the CCA, Janette has taught at Syracuse University and at Columbia University, where she directed the Applied Research Practices in Architecture initiative, the Urban Landscape Lab, and served as founding editor of ARPA Journal, a digital publication on applied research practices in architecture. Janette holds a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.