Drama Queens explores a collection of installations and prototypes that foreground interaction, responsiveness, and adaptation as a site for architectural speculation. These physical assemblies work with the tectonics of new and reclaimed materials, complex and quotidian geometries, and pairs it with emerging technologies. The result is a new synthetic nature where humans, buildings, artificial and natural environments are interconnected within an open-response system. In this relationship, new values are found in the shared agency of humans and technology.
Mariana Ibañez is an architect in Argentina, and Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she is part of the Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab.
Mariana has a breadth of experience from Buenos Aires where she was principal of her own office, producing dynamic stage sets and multi-family homes. She then received her M.Arch. from the Architectural Association in London, before joining the offices of Arup Advanced Geometry Unit and Zaha Hadid. At Ibañez Kim studio, Mariana continues her thesis interests from the Architectural Association in adaptable tectonics and rigorous design agency.
As an academic and editor, Mariana's research is in the disciplinary core of architecture and its growing periphery. Her recent publication by Actar D, Paradigms in Computing, is an inquiry into design agency and revitalizing its scope of work. Her theater work continues with the collaboration with Grace Kelly Jazz, The Dufala Brothers, and Opera Philadelphia, as well as exhibiting in the MoMA, Milan Fashion Week, and National Art Museum in Beijing.
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