Eric Goldemberg – MONAD Studio

Eric is an architect who operates in the art and design fields, aided by advanced 3D design and fabrication technology. He worked in New York for Peter Eisenman and Asymptote Architecture, after graduating from Columbia University. The next few years he was a professor at Columbia and Pratt Institute, and since 2006 he is based in Miami where he is a full-time professor, director of the digital area of ​​the Department of Architecture and researcher in the area of ​​interdisciplinary design of Florida International University. Eric is also the Director of London’s Architectural Association Visiting School in Miami. 

Eric has lectured about their projects at very prestigious institutions worldwide, such as The Cooper Union (New York), Columbia University (New York), MIT (Boston), Library of Congress (Washington D.C.), Architectural Association (London), Die Angewandte Kunst Wien (program in Cagliari), UdK – Universität der Künste (Berlin), Politecnico di Milano (Milan), ETSAB (Barcelona), Iaac (Barcelona), GEEK PICNIC Technology Festivals in Moscow and Saint Petersburg (Russia), 3D Print Design Show – Jacob Javits Center (New York), 3D Printshow – Metropolitan Gallery (New York), Chengdu World 3D Print Expo & Conference (China), University of Puerto Rico, MOCA (Miami), Wolfsonian Museum (Miami), Florida International University (Miami), University of Miami, University of Buenos Aires, Di Tella University (Buenos AIres). 

The focus of his design research is the relationship between architecture and music, he is the author of the book “Pulsation in Architecture” and the upcoming “FEEDback”; he shares an experimental, transdisciplinary practice -MONAD Studio- with his wife Veronica Zalcberg. 

The practice of MONAD Studio in recent years is oriented to the conception of the enigmatic musical instruments and sonic installations, mostly built using various technologies of 3D printing. These sonic sculptures -as we prefer to call them- have the particularity of also challenging conventional modes of performance since their forms suggest innovative postures for musicians as well as a great potential freedom since they have an exotic number of strings and they don’t have frets, being mostly string instruments with a complex architectural articulation of the surfaces of the sonic body, which in turn enters into positive anthropometric friction with the human body. 

MONAD Studio is an award-winning architecture practice focused in spatial perception related to rhythmic affect, with a variety of explorations ranging from the scale of urban plans to buildings, and from landscape to art installations, product design and music instruments.
MONAD Studio’s designs highlight the range and complexity of sensations involved in constructing rhythmic ensembles at all scales of the urban experience, enhancing social interaction.

The work of MONAD Studio has been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Le Monde (Paris), BBC (London), The Guardian (London), Forbes Magazine, ARTDaily, TransBorder Art (NY TV interview), Palm Beach ArtsPaper, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, FOX News, CNBC, Discovery Channel, Bloomberg TV, CCTV (China), World Architecture (China), ‘Architecture in Formation’ book, ‘[En]Coding Architecture’ book, ‘Architecture Xenoculture’ book, ‘Digital Diagram II’ book, Conditions Magazine (Norway), i4Design (Chicago), Future Arquitecturas (Spain), Gizmodo, CNET, Miami Herald, Florida InsideOut (Miami), Design Book Magazine (Miami), Summa+ (Argentina), Evolo Magazine (L.A.), ArchDaily among other architecture journals.
MONAD Studio was one of the 5 finalists of the 2008 PS1-MoMA competition and the project was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. MONAD’s entry was also exhibited in New York at the PS-1 Contemporary Art Center – YAP 10th Anniversary show.

MONAD Studio’s unique 3D-printed music instruments, sonic installations and sculptures have been exhibited and played live at MoMA, Venice Architecture Biennale, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Javits Center and Metropolitan Gallery (New York); Jaroslava Fragnera Gallery (Prague); GEEK PICNIC Technology Festivals in Moscow and Saint Petersburg (Russia); Chengdu World 3D Print Expo & Conference (China); Art Wynwood, South Florida Art Center, NOW Contemporary Art, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts Gallery (Miami). MONAD Studio’s solo show at Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU was featured as one of the main attractions of Art Basel’s Art Week. MONAD’s collaboration project with bionic pop artist Viktoria Modesta and interactivity designer Anouk Wipprecht was featured in a technology documentary by Autodesk and the resulting 3D-printed prosthetic, sonic body wearables were used in performance by Modesta at New World Symphony and VICELAND (Miami) during Art Basel.

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