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Join the AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee for a special documentary film screening and post-screening discussion with the filmmakers of Living Salk Institute.

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, designed by Louis I. Kahn, focuses on independent scientific research for both discovery and mentoring of future generations of researchers. At the Salk Institute, intimate work and relationships amongst inhabitants define scientific progress.

Few buildings have so captured the imagination of architects and built environment enthusiasts alike. However, the Salk Institute is virtually unknown other than for its iconic central courtyard, which frames a view of the Pacific Ocean in the distance.

In 2005, Zeynep Turan and David Chapin completed a video research project on how people create meaning in a well-known monument of modern architecture. This 56-minute documentary approaches the site through a deep exploration of the space, as well as through narratives by many people who have interacted with the building.


David Chapin, Architect and Professor, Environmental Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center
Dr. Zeynep Turan, Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

David Chapin is an architect and environmental psychologist at the CUNY Graduate Center with a unique way of looking at architecture and design. During the 1970s and well into the 1980s, Chapin worked as part of the ARC Group in Cleveland, Ohio, funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health’s Office of Program Evaluation and Research. Architecture-Research-Construction was a collaborative group of 22 very creative people who worked in many different “treatment” settings to design, build, and evaluate changes to institutional environments. The group’s early work was in mental hospitals but expanded into other settings, including places for people diagnosed with mental illnesses. As their work became more and more participatory, ARC Group carefully measured the effect of participation itself. Today, Chapin is passionate about studying and creating designs that are sustainable in our ever-changing world.

Zeynep Turan holds a doctorate in Environmental Psychology and is trained as an architect. She is part-time faculty at John Jay College and is[masked] Muriel Dimen fellow at the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy where her work focused on psychological underpinnings of gentrification. Currently, her research examines changes in social life associated with the evolution of urban environments. She examines how the transformation of public space, especially waterfront areas during a time of neoliberalism and climate change affects the lives of those in cities as well as in informal settlements.

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AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee


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Organized by: AIANY Social Science + Architecture Committee

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