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  • Erin CUEVAS,  Mike JOHNSON, & Jana MASSET, "Fibrous Pneumaticity."
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    Harvard GSD
    critic: Achim MENGES.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Erin CUEVAS, Mike JOHNSON, & Jana MASSET: The use of carbon and glass fiber as construction materials presents opportunities for innovative architectural building practices, given the combination of their ultra-lightweight and high-strength characteristics.

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  • symposium: Architecture and Sciences.

    orléans FRANCE

    The problematics of ArchiLab 2013, involving digital architecture and the sciences, will be broached at an international symposium which will bring together ten exhibited architects.

    symposium: Archilab 2013, “Architecture and sciences: A new naturalness.”
    Thursday, 10/24
    9.30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. / Scène nationale d’Orléans
    Théâtre d’Orléans
    Boulevard Pierre Ségelle
    45000 Orléans FRANCE

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  • HENSEL, MENGES, & HIGHT, eds., Space Reader.
    2009

    The “Space Reader” provides a highly pertinent and contemporary understanding of space for a new generation of students and architects. It espouses a definition of space that is heterogeneous (an object or system consisting of a diverse range of different items). . . . With the onset of globalisation and the Web, heterogeneneous space, with its emphasis on differentiation, is more relevant to the contemporary condition, which encourages the mixing of space, than a much more static conception of Modernist space.

  • Achim MENGES
    vienna AUSTRIA

    Computation, in its most basic meaning, refers to the processing of information. In this way, both mechanic processes operating in the binary realm of the digital, as well as material processes operating in the complex domain of the physical can be considered computational. This lecture will introduce Achim Menges’s work on exploring the territory where machine computation and material computation potentially overlap, where they not simply co-exist but intensely interact in the design process.

    Achim MENGES, “Material Computation.”
    Tuesday, 04/23
    7.00 p.m. / Lichthof 2
    University of Applied Arts Vienna
    Vienna, Austria

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  • versatility and vicissitude
    2008

    AD: this third ad by the guest-editors of the highly successful emergence and techniques and technologies in morphogenetic design titles shifts the morpho-ecological design project into the realm of performance.

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  • techniques and technologies in morphogenetic design
    2006

    AD: emergence requires the recognition of architectural structures not as singular and fixed bodies, but as complex energy and material systems that have a lifespan, exist as part of the environment of other active systems, and as an iteration of a series that proceeds by evolutionary development.

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  • emergence
    2004

    AD: emergence, or evolutionary optimisation, is an important new concept that in recent years has been applied to artificial intelligence, information theory, digital technology, economics, climate studies, material science and biometric engineering. in an architectural context it involves harnessing evolutionary processes for not only the design of buildings, but also the composition of new materials and structural design. in so doing, architecture is aspiring to a new level of complexity as it seeks to match the restless perfection of systems in the natural world.

    includes interviews with frei otto; farshid moussavi and alejandro zaera polo of foreign office architects (foa); and charles walker, leader of the advanced geometry unit (agu) at arup.