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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.

  • Michael HENSEL
    vienna AUSTRIA

    Make no mistake architecture is in crisis, no matter how much and what gets built today. More sharply formulated, one should speak in the plural of multiple and possibly interrelated crises. What are these? What are the underlying reasons? What are the ramifications for practice and education? What are the consequences for the built environment? Are there any promising ways forward out of these crises? Are there suitable examples? How can these be embedded in adequate theoretical and methodological framework?

    Michael HENSEL, “Crunch Time: Confronting the current Crises of Architecture”
    Tuesday, 12/11
    7.00 pm / Lichthof 2
    University of Applied Arts Vienna
    Oskar Kokoschka-Platz 2
    1010 Vienna, AUSTRIA

  • 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.