The new website for the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF) has been launched this week. The AICF is dedicated to the mission of supporting and developing artistic life in Israel. Since 1939, AICF has played a leading role in the development of many of Israel's largest cultural institutions, as well as the artistic development of Israel's finest artists in every discipline. AICF counts among those supported: Itzhak Perlman, Menashe Kadishman, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the IsraelMuseum, and the Batsheva Dance Company. http://www.aicf.org/artists/
materialecology was formed in 2006 by Neri Oxman as an interdisciplinary research initiative that undertakes design research in the intersection between architecture, engineering, computation, and ecology. As such, this initiative is concerned with material organization and performance across all scales of design thought and practice. As such, it seeks to promote and define a design research agenda which is ecological in nature, in ideology and in material practice; it aims at embracing the evolving elements of change in both (and indeed related) social constructs and environmental descriptions of the ever changing built environment. materialecology undertakes research in advanced digital applications for architectural practice and pursuits their contribution to a design paradigm promoting generative design processes.