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WRITING

Catalog Essay: The Poetics of Home: Between Psychological and Physical Structures

Israel Museum, Jerusalem
February, 2017

What is a home? Is it a place or an idea? Is our home the destination we
yearn for on a long journey, or the childhood origin from which we travel?
The home structures the way that we live and is structured by the cultural norms around us. And yet as these homes we inhabit create the necessary environment for dwelling and for Bachelard’s “daydreaming,” they also inhibit other forms of domesticity. It is only in the estrangement that is created by art, the shock of the uncanny, and the awareness of our embodied reaction to our dwellings, that we can glimpse other ways of living.

LECTURE

EQxD Hackathon: Architecture and the Era of Connection

AIA Convention
April 26, Orlando, FL

One of the most unique and talked-about pre-convention workshops is back! Join us for a new EQxD Hackathon and explore the intersection of design and tech.
The day will begin with a diverse panel of industry leaders and entrepreneurs discussing future architectural opportunities in the new digital economy. Once you’re inspired, the “mini-hackathon” format will let you develop a real plan of action for creating a positive impact on the profession.
You’ll leverage your design thinking skills to rapidly prototype radical, actionable initiatives and explore future business models for the architecture profession.

Lilian Asperin
F. Jason Campbell
Esther Sperber
Carlos Velazquez

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LECTURE

The Jewish Home – Sacred Privacy within Community

OOI – Hillel Office of Innovation, Base DWTN
March 29, 2016, New York

As we think about how to strengthen the link between Jewish homes, Jewish community and Jewish history, we might also wonder how to protect this Jewish home as a private space, one in which individuals have the freedom to create new social structures and to test societal norms. Could this Jewish home challenge the conventions around us and create a space for personal values? Could this home reshape gender roles, resist consumerism, foster environmental consciousness, support economic equality, and do all this while maintaining, and affirming, its connection to Jewish history, ritual and community?

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PHOTOS

Home and the Poetics of Space

School of Visual Arts
March 23, 2016, New York

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LECTURE

Home and the Poetics of Space

Esther Sperber and Navah Steiner
School of Visual Arts
March 23, 2016, New York

Esther Sperber will explore the concept of home using both her architectural experience of designing homes and theoretical psychoanalytic ideas about memory, internal space and interpersonal relationships.She will draw upon the seminal text The Poetic of Space by Gaston Bachelard.

Navah Steiner, a Licences Creative Arts Therapist at SVA’s Student Health and Counseling Service, will also contribute insights on the concept of home from the perspective of her psychodynamic work.

LECTURE

Synagogue Design

A design proposal for the Kesher Synagogue
Yeshiva University
November 3, 2015, New York

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Home and the Poetics of Space

White Society Colloquium
William Alanson White Institute
Billie Pivnick, Esther Sperber and Sarah Schoen
November 11, 2015

Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space explores the effect of attention on our sense of space and of place’s qualities on our attention. Bachelard writes that the house shelters daydreaming and protects dreamers, therefore contemplating home should help us understand an important intersection between our patients’ embodied psyches and their cultural experience. This presentation will reflect on the meaning of home as habitat, person, place, memory, play, projection, and sometimes prison.

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LECTURE

Synagogue Design

Yeshiva University
November 3, 2015, New York