Architecture is inextricably tied to energy. The United Nation Environment Programme estimates that the built fabric consumes 40% of global energy and is the largest single source of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. The Studio for Form and Energy reframes the role of energy in architecture, going beyond functionalist definitions of energy efficiency and conservation to consider the architectural and geospatial implications of energy as a material for design. Through projects, lecture series, and design studios, the studio seeks to understand energy as a spatial product, whose utilization can lead to a more just political ecology that productively engages cultural and aesthetic perspectives as well as technical concerns.


LECTURES & Workshops





I Hear You Say: A Public Installation Visualizing Transdisciplinary Communication
J.Dahmen, A.Frid-Jimenez, J.Sarra

Earth Masonry Unit: Sustainable CMU Alternative
J.Dahmen, J.F.Muñoz  -  International Journal of GEOMATE  -  2014

Who's afraid of raw earth? Experimental wall in New England and the environmental cost of stabilization
J.Dahmen - in Rammed Earth Construction: Cutting-Edge Research on Traditional and Modern Rammed Earth  -  2015

Life Cycle Assessment Screening: Environmental Impacts of a Novel Vegetative Sound Structure
M.J.Valdebenito, J.Dahmen  -   Industry Paper  -  2013

Soft Matter: Responsive Architectural Operations
J.Dahmen  -  Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research  -  2016

Pop Rocks: Soft Urban Boulder Field
J.Dahmen, M.Soules, A.F.Jimenez  -  ACSA  -  2015

Modular Rammed Earth Masonry Block
J.Dahmen, J.F.Muñoz  -  in Cutting-Edge Research on Traditional and Modern Rammed Earth  -  2015

Data as Place: Aesthetics and Geopolitics of Information Infrastructure
A.F.Jimenez, B.Dalton, J.Dahmen





February 28, 2017
Joe Dahmen presents at Tech Vancouver

February 22, 2017
Teardown Index covered by CBCGlobe and Mail, and Vancouver Sun

February 21, 2017

Teardown Index released, a collaboration with Jens von Bergmann that investigates the cycle of  teardowns and reconstruction of single family homes in Vancouver. Press Release.

January 22, 2017
Joe Dahmen presents at Ideas Forum organized by Toronto Society of Architects at Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

January 18, 2017
AJFD's mushroom furniture Mycobench will be a part of Living Well exhibition at Toronto Offsite Design Festival. Exhibition dates: January 16-March 1. Opening: January 22, 2017 3-5pm at Craft Ontario

January 18, 2017
Joe Dahmen presents on Soft Architecture at Sam Sullivan's Public Salon at the Vancouver Playhouse

November 30, 2016
Joe Dahmen lectures at Peter Wall Institute

August 19, 2016
Joe Dahmen will join Kaitlyn Gillis, Nicholas Waissbluth, and Caitlin Jones  on the panel at Turncoats #2: Green Wash organized by Kees Lokman and Tony Osborn

When:   Thursday, 1 September 2016, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
Where:  DUDC (Dutch Urban Design & Development) Vancouver
             1445 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2T3

August 14, 2016
AFJD will hold a mushroom moulding workshop from 3:00-5:00pm at at Western Washington University's Western Gallery at as part of Primary Research Lab: Minimalist Labs and Field Research. 

June 26, 2016
AFJD mushroom furniture installation opens at Western Gallery at Western Washington University as part of Primary Research Lab: Minimalist Labs and Field Research. Please join us for the opening reception from 4:30 to 6:30pm. The installation, curated by Lee Plested, will be up until August 31, 2016. 

May 17, 2016
Joe Dahmen and Amber Frid-Jimenez lecture on Biophysical Architecture at Western Washington University

April 25, 2016
CTV features They Grow Without Us, AFJD's mushroom seating at UBC

April 12, 2016
AFJD installs They Grow Without Us, functional public seating grown from mushrooms at the UBC Bookstore, Lee Square. Please join us for the opening reception from 4:30 to 6:30pm. The installation will be up until July 1st, 2016. The project is part of the UBC Centennial Celebration.

August 16 2015
AFJD installs Mycelium Mockup at Museum of Vancouver in CATALYZE exhibition organized by Artistic Directors Kate Armstrong Malcolm Levy ISEA2015, the annual conference of the International Society of Electronic Arts

August 5, 2015
BC Hydroelectric Authority to fund Studio for Form and Energy at UBC  to investigate the intersections of energy and architecture

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