Aaron Forrest (Assistant Professor, Architecture) recently spoke on a panel at the American Institute of Architects Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place, New York) on the use of wood in the architecture of Finland and the United States. The panel discussion was part of a program of events around the center’s exhibition Annual Rings: A New Generation of Wood Architecture in Finland.
This panel was only part of a much larger engagement with using wood in architecture that Forrest has been working on with his fellow RISD collaborators Yasmin Vobis (Critic, Architecture) and Brett Schneider (Assistant Professor, Architecture). Over the last several years Forrest, Vobis, and Schneider have met with great success in exploiting structures made from wood including a pavilion at the Chicago Architectural Biennial, which won the BP Prize in the Chicago Lakefront Kiosk Competition and a second pavilion Four Corners at the BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston).
Most recently they have proposed a new pavilion Recess at MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave. Long Island City), which explores the use of scalable chain link and wood structures to create bounded spaces where adults and children can play.
For more information on these projects can be found here