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Rensselaer School of Architecture Produces Showcase Book

Rensselaer School of Architecture Produces Showcase Book

By Jeanne Hedden Gallagher

September 29, 2021

Evan Douglis, dean of the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, recently announced the publication of influx vol. 2, a book highlighting an extensive range of pedagogical and research innovations developed by architecture faculty and students during the years 2012-2019.

The 920-page tome affirms the university’s place as a leader in the creation of forward-thinking solutions integrating design, sustainability, technology, and engineering in skillful and ingenious ways to address some of the world’s most pressing problems in the built environment.

“Envisioned as a transdisciplinary approach to education, the School of Architecture at Rensselaer is uniquely structured as a constellation of pre-eminent professional and research programs working in tandem to move visionary ideas forward as realizable proposals for a changing world,” Douglis said.

Available in hardcover and as a digital flipbook, influx vol. 2 will be distributed worldwide to leading academics and practitioners.

“The education of an architect is a noble endeavor,” Douglis said. “Given the existential challenges that we face today concerning climate change, the depletion of our energy resources, rising sea levels, species extinction, and social and environmental justice, the urgency to prepare our graduates to respond in creative and innovative ways has never been more important.”

An al fresco launch party was held on Wednesday, September 22, at the Victory View Vineyard in Schaghticoke, New York, where Douglis spoke to the significance of the release of influx vol.2 for the entire school.

The first book, influx vol.1, was published in 2013.


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