Matter Design Computation: Cells, bits and atoms
This talk will present ongoing transdisciplinary research and design spanning across the fields of cell biology, materials science, physics, fibre science, fashion, electrical and systems engineering, and architecture. Sabin’s collaborative research, teaching and design practice focus on the contextual, material and formal intersections between architecture, science and technology. Through the visualisation and materialisation of dynamic and complex datasets, Sabin has generated a body of speculative and applied design work that aligns crafts-based techniques with digital fabrication alongside questions related to the body and information mediation. The material world that this type of research interrogates reveals examples of nonlinear fabrication and self-assembly at the surface, and at a deeper structural level. In parallel, this work offers up novel possibilities that question and redefine architecture within the greater scope of generative design and fabrication. This talk will elucidate the research methods, prototypes and applications that Sabin and her collaborators have achieved, which include adaptive building skins, textile and ceramic assemblies, and architectural interventions that ultimately (re)configure their own performance based upon local criteria.
Jenny Sabin’s work is at the forefront of a new direction for 21st century architectural practice — one that investigates the intersections of architecture and science, and applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures. Sabin is the Wiesenberger Assistant Professor in the area of Design and Emerging Technologies and the newly appointed Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University. She is principal of Jenny Sabin Studio, an experimental architectural design studio and director of the Sabin Design Lab at Cornell AAP, a hybrid research and design unit with specialization in computational design, data visualization and digital fabrication. She was recently awarded the prestigious Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and was named the 2015 IVY Innovator in design. Her forthcoming book, LabStudio: Design Research between Architecture & Biology, co-authored with Peter Lloyd Jones, will be published in fall 2016.
Richard Wilson Sculpture Ltd
This lecture illustrates Richard Wilson’s practice as a sculptor with an emphasis on his more recent ambitious large scale-works. He will discuss how his ideas are formed through drawings and model making through to their fabrication and installation.
Richard Wilson RA is one of Britain’s most renowned sculptors. He is internationally celebrated for his interventions in architectural space which draw heavily on their inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction, and are characterised by concerns with size and structural daring. Wilson has exhibited nationally and internationally for over thirty years and has made major museum exhibitions and public works in countries as diverse as Japan, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Australia, Iraq, China, Hong Kong and numerous countries throughout Europe. Wilson has also represented Britain in the Sydney, Sao Paulo, Venice Biennials and Yokohama Triennal. He has been nominated for the Turner Prize on two occasions and was awarded the prestigious DAAD residency in Berlin 1992/3. In 2006, Wilson was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts. Often singled out for his concentration on site-specific projects, it is Wilson’s name perhaps more than that of any other that has become synonymous with the idea of installation in Britain.
Co-robotics, Composites and High-performance Computing
Can architects contribute to the evolution of new tools and the construction systems used to make buildings? This lecture explores three emerging technologies and their design consequences.
Michael Silver teaches architecture at the University at Buffalo where he co-founded SMART, a multidisciplinary design community dedicated to the development of new ‘Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies’. In collaboration with computer scientists and engineers, he continues to work at a variety of scales and has extensive experience in the production of furniture, digital construction systems and buildings. As an experimental collaborator, Michael is deeply committed to the precise alignment of advanced technology, critical theory, and architectural poetics. His work has been exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in Manhattan, the IDC in Nagoya Japan, and the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. He built his first working robot arm out of Scotch tape and Spirograph parts at the age of 14.
Generic Individualism – The Reigning Style of our Time – and its Discontents
In this lecture Charles Jencks discusses the similarities between uniformity in historical styles of architecture (including Roman structures and Gothic cathedrals) and Generic Individualism – that in his view reigns today in the global marketplace of 'Bigness'. Jencks will illustrate these ideas with examples in Singapore, iconic buildings, and Maggie's Centres.
Charles Jencks is a world renowned cultural theorist, landscape designer, architectural critic and historian, and co-founder of the Maggie’s Cancer Care centres.
'"Para" implies the meaning "one single thing", whereas "modern" is a word that indicates the state of affairs and applications in society from after the Industrial Revolution to the present day. After that 19th and the 20th century has passed and we are now in the 21st century; it’s been a long time since then. With the world gone global, the question of whether the circumstances have changed a bit has been raised. Thus, thinking on the lines of using a term that satisfies the current situation, "Paramodern Architecture" originated; a term that I coined. I want to be able to perceive new values, or values that have previously been non-existent. Then, to be able to communicate and hand down these values, one would have to make it concrete, tangible, and physically existence. With this line of thinking, I have been building my buildings.'
Japanese architect Endo Shuhei founded his studio, Endo Shuhei Architect Institute, in 1988 and has built nearly 20 small-scale projects in Japan whose unmistakable forms resemble strands of ribbon spiralling over and under the ground. He primarily uses sheets of corrugated steel, combined with glass and concrete, that wrap and fold to compose walls and enclose interior spaces. He has also published numerous books including 2012’s 5-1 Design Peak: Shuhei Endo. Despite the playful qualities that his buildings evoke, Endo’s work reflects deeper levels of meaning and addresses ideas of sustainability and cost-effectiveness.