Gilles Retsin will present an Object-Oriented project for computational design and architecture, inpsired by the work of Graham Harman, Levi Bryant and Ian Bogost. Previous traces of OO within architecture and theory will be uncovered, from Christopher Alexander to materialist and marxist thinking of for example, Walter Benjamin. The lecture will develop an argument of OO as an emerging paradigm, based in the hacker-mentality of a new, heterogenious and extremely diverse generation of upcoming architects and designers which use digital methodologies at the core of their work—but in often unorthodox ways.
lecture: Gilles RETSIN
6.00pm / Docklands Campus, AVA building
University of East-London
Reflecting on previous paradigms in the age of the network, as for example Stan Allen’s seminal Field Conditions, a number of concrete object-oriented spatial and architectonic diagrams will be proposed for discussion.
Gilles Retsin is a Belgian born architect holding a Masters in Architecture + Urbanism (Dist) from the Architectural Association School of Architecture’s Design Research Laboratory (AA.DRL). He worked in Germany and Switzerland, most notably as architect with LAVA in Stuttgart and as project architect with Christian Kerez in Zurich. Gilles is senior designer at Kokkugia in London,where he is closely involved in ongoing research into non-linear design methodologies. He is also co-founder of SofKill Design, a collective design studio investigating generative design methodologies for additive manufacturing . He teaches Diploma Unit 6 at University of East London with Robert Stuart-Smith and was previously unit Master at the AA visiting school in Shanghai and Beijing. He lectured and taught extensively across Germany, Finland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, the UK and China.