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    Looking, Talking, Drawing, Doing

    To Peter Cook, they intertwine so much that if he were a Superman, he would do them simultaneously. His philosophy is that they are essential layers - one upon the other.

    Professor Sir Peter Cook RA has been a pivotal figure within the global architectural world for over half a century. He is the founder of Archigram, former Director of the Institute for Contemporary Art, London (the ICA) and the Bartlett School of Architecture. His ongoing contribution to architectural innovation was most recently recognised via the conferral of an honorary doctorate in April 2010, by the University of Lund, Sweden. Peter’s achievements with radical experimentalist group Archigram have been the subject of numerous publications and public exhibitions and were recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2004, when members of the group were awarded the RIBA’s highest award, the Royal Gold Medal. In 2007, Peter was knighted by the Queen for his services to architecture. He is also a Royal Academician and a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the French Republic. Peter has from the very beginning made waves in architectural circles, however, it is in the last few years that the construction of the Kunsthaus (AKA The Friendly Alien) in Austria has brought his work to a wider public, a process set to continue with the construction of the Vienna Business and Economics University’s new law faculty and Bond Univeristy in Australia’s new School of Architecture. Peter has also built in Osaka, Nagoya, Berlin, Frankfurt and Madrid.

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    Ecology Beyond Nature

    The dissolution of the dichotomy ‘artifice vs. nature’ opens new possibilities in the conception of the city from a non-anthropocentric perspective. Urban design can then be conceived as the breeding of relationships between industrial, agricultural, biological and social systems. This emergent notion of bio-urbanity establishes a link between the instant and immaterial qualities of contemporary urbanism and the slow and material cycles of biological life.

    The lecture will illustrate bio-inspired algorithmic design methods at the core of EcoLogicStudio's work, as well as the new academic stream in Urban Morphogenesis on The Bartlett's MArch Urban Design (UD) Programme. Computation, both analogue, biologic and digital, is deployed to enable the study of iterative, adaptive and resilient design solutions across a fluid eco-social terrain, generating a multiplicity of responses and effects ranging scales and regimes, from the molecular to the territorial, from the quasi-instantaneous to the geological.

    Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto are co-founders of EcoLogicStudio, a London-based architectural and urban design studio. The studio has built up an international reputation for its innovative work on systemic design, computational design, bio-hacking and digital prototyping. It’s broadened approach to design – ranging from the micro to the macro and from nanotechnologies to urban networks – is embodied into an experimental practice, where projects and installations become laboratories of interactions. Locally activated design protocols synthesize a form of expanded hyper-reality hacking larger organizational systems. Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto are co-directors of the BIO-UD Research Cluster on the MArch UD Programme at the Bartlett. Routledge published their latest research, 'Systemic Architecture', in 2012.

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    Morphogenesis and generic dynamical landscapes

    The imitation of growing processes is one of the leading principles in the study of morphogenesis. This perspective can also inform morphogenetic design, since one can see structures and processes as shared features by nature, mathematics, and art. This lecture will consider an image from theoretical biology - the epigenetic landscape - from the point of view of its possible expression in mathematical terms. Intrinsic difficulties of this enterprise will be analysed on the basis of a micro-historical account of a debate between two eminent students of this possibility: Conrad Hal Waddington and René Thom. Open questions emerging from this analysis are aimed at establishing a dialogue with designers, also on the basis of a performative design experience of material dynamic processes inspired by the image of landscape thought as a morphodynamical dispositive.

    Sara Franceschelli is associate professor in epistemology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and a member of the IXXI, Rhône Alpes Complex Systems Institute. She was trained as a physicist at the University of Bologna and holds a PhD in epistemology and history of science on the construction of physical meaning for the transition to turbulence. Franceschelli is also in charge of the course of morpho-structure at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Her current work focuses on morphogenesis and dynamical systems, and on the figure of the epigenetic landscape. Her most recent research, 'Morphogenesis and dynamical systems. A view instantiated by a performative design approach', is featured in 'Imagine Math 2: Between Culture and Mathematics'.

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    The Adaptive City

    In this lecture, Tom Verebes explores today’s urban complexities and contradictions that lie in the task of planning in an increasingly uncertain world. Investigating a deficiency of the preeminent masterplanning tools and techniques of the twentieth century to keep up with the pace of rapid urbanisation in the developing world, this lecture challenges the capacity of conventional design methodologies to manage the indeterminacies of urban development, the environment, the economy, migration and other dynamic forces which shape the dynamic nature of urbanity. Through a kaleidoscopic transdiciplinary journey, Tom Verebes will address issues associated to the evolutionary nature of cities, and the endurance, obsolescence, and the adaptive and transformative capacity of architecture and urbanism.

    Tom Verebes is Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) in the Faculty of Architecture and Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Formerly Co-Director of the AA Design Research Lab (DRL) at the Architectural Association in London, and former Guest/Visiting Professor at ABK Stuttgart. He is the Director of the AA Shanghai Visiting School, hosted at HKU Shanghai Study Centre. Tom is the founder and Creative Director of OCEAN.CN, a consultancy network of specialist design consultants based in Hong Kong, with links to Beijing, Shanghai, and London. They work on urban and architectural projects in China and across Asia. Tom has written, published, exhibited and lectured extensively in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

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    Shanshui City

    Ma Yansong introduces recent projects by MAD Architects, including his ideas on Shanshui City. To Ma Yansong Shanshui City is a combination of city density, functionality and the artistic conception of natural landscape. This idea could be taken as a critique of the state of urbanisation in contemporary China and an imagination of future cities.

    "The city of the future will shift from the pursuit of material civilisation to the pursuit of nature, aiming at composing a space that takes human spirit and emotion at their cores" – Ma Yansong.

    Beijing born architect Ma Yansong has been recognised as a important voice of a new generation of architects. His works are widely published and exhibited since the founding MAD in 2004. He studied at the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and holds a master degree in Architecture from Yale University and taught Architecture at the Central Academy of Fine arts in Beijing. Prior to founding MAD, Ma Yansong worked as a project designer with Zaha Hadid Architects in London.

    Ma Yansong received the American Institute of Architects Scholarship for Advanced Architecture Research in 2001 and won the 2006 Architecture League Young Architects Award. In 2008 he was selected as one of the twenty most influential young architects today by ICON magazine while Fast Company named him one of the ten most creative people in architecture in 2009. In 2010 he became the first architect from China to receive a RIBA fellowship

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