Programming Space and Habitats

Jennifer Magnolfi (Herman Miller)
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A key consideration in the making of future environments is the intrinsic role technology plays in their design and engineering. Certain environments known today as extreme, only accessible to a select number of users, in fact reveal core design principles and approaches relevant to the making of future everyday spaces to work, live and learn. This talk will explore the intersection of these design principles with practice. It will reference research on the work of the Exploration Missions and Systems Office at JSC and built projects under a research initiative known as Programmable Environments. The presentation will make the case for the emergence of a field describing a new aspect of architecture, thus expanding the notion of programmability to spaces designed for human habitation.

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Jennifer Magnolfi

Herman Miller

Jennifer Magnolfi’s work at the front end of Herman Miller Research & Development explores the effects of programmability as a driver for future business development and innovation. During the past five years, she has lead work in an R&D initiative called Programmable Environments, comprising new product concepts, technology integration architecture, building engineering systems in sites, and the development of strategic corporate partnerships and alliances. Some of her built projects include the Microsoft Envisioning Lab in Redmond, and the Georgia Tech main Campus Library.

Jennifer is the co-author of “Always Building: the Programmable Environment”, a design manifesto published by the Herman Miller. The book articulates the core design principles guiding an exploration of intelligent future environments. In previous roles, Jennifer served as an instructor at the Lund Institute of Technology and a Technical Advisor to the Star Design Program, a design and research collaboration with NASA. She was a Research Fellow at the Interactive Institute in Sweden, researching networked habitats and high-tech environments. Jennifer received a Master Degree in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is a U.S. State Department Fulbright Scholar.

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Christopher Jablonski
03/31/2011 7:40am PDT


Great talk, thank you! Your progressive approach and foresight into the built environment are both inspirational.

Jean Pierre De La Cruz Albano
03/31/2011 3:23am PDT

Inspiring Talk.

Jen Atominsky
03/31/2011 2:56am PDT

Hello, It was really great and fun to watch your presentation. A friend of mine recommended it. I wish I could also do something similar to what you’re doing. Thanks for being an example for my career!

Johnny Kristopoulos
03/31/2011 2:37am PDT

Hey there! Very cool stuff. Wish I could leave a rating. Stumbled upon ur talk while surfing the conf. Dig it! You’re cool. I’d ask you questions if I were there, but it was too expensive this time around from NY. Thx and good luck. – Johnny

Jeremy Nuke
03/30/2011 1:22pm PDT

Ms. Magnolfi: your work is very interesting and the presentation, albeit necessarily short, very clear and helpful. Your introduction to the topic was much appreciated. Thank you. – Jeremy

Aline Lerner
03/28/2011 4:50am PDT

I cannot parse the description of this talk. Does anyone have a translation?

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