The Conference takes place on February 8th and 9th with a few delights before

We are delighted to announce a lecture by Golan Levin as part of the CMU School of Design Lecture Series 2012/13 on Thursday 5pm followed by a warm up debate on ‘the future architect as entrepreneur’ with Gill Wildman. For Golan’s lecture registration is not necessary. Still, due to limited space and a large interest in the conference registration is necessary through our event partner eventbrite for conference, workshops and conference dinner . Please note that the conference is free of charge – registration is necessary. The schedule below is subject to change. Please keep tuned.

Sessions include the following Topics

Material Morphology and Code

Material, Morphology, and Code discusses tools and techniques for developing computational models of physical and natural behaviors for creative domains.  The session demonstrates how simulation technologies can push beyond optimization and be leveraged to inform non-linear investigations and discoveries. Investigations in natural Geometry paired with computational tools are the breeding ground for new forms of advanced performative architecture.

Augmented Construction:  Architectural Robots in the Built Environment

With rapid advancements in robotic technology architects are partnering to bring about a significant turn in the production and occupation of built space. Gone are the days of the 4’x8’, CNC cut sheet. Robots encourage multi-modal paradigms where open source computational interfaces and hybrid end of arm tooling enable complex sequences of fabrication and assembly within the three dimensional space of the architectural body. In addition, robots are becoming more mobile. Advances in computer vision and sensing enable autonomy where robots are leaving factory floors and interacting in the “real world.” These trends give us pause. With increased accessibility and economic efficiency robots are becoming an increasingly ubiquitous component of how we construct and interact in built environment. For those committed to the makeup this environment the prospect of robots invading construction sites has serious implications. These concerns underscore the importance of how designers critically and creatively engage emerging technologies.

Interactions I Human Computer Interface I Behavior

Interactions focuses on relationships between humans and machines through the lens of pervasive computing.  The session draws on processes in Human-Computer Interaction and Tangible Interaction Design to showcase innovative interfaces which pull bits out of their electronic shells and into a physical environment.

Data I Architecture as Geopolitical Act

Understanding and using data becomes an increasingly important skill in architecture and urban design in order to optimize our built environment. In an age of fast and complex communication, data also is increasingly more accessible than in the C20. How can we use data as parameter for design, and also as part or ingredients transferred through hardware and building components. This session is not just investigating technical possibilities, but more so explores a future without analog navigation devices and a built environment as  ‘black box’. How does the use of data allow us to become one with our environment? Last but not least the issue of geopolitics instead of architecture is part of the discussion. How does Data become a medium for global decision making and vice verse.

The new Pathology of Architecture I Indulging Opulence I Flesh

In the last decades architecture and architectural design strategies are rapidly moving from a mechanical age towards a biological information age. The desire of an architecture of flesh on one hand becomes apparent in research regarding self-healing materials, but more importantly the architecture of flesh is creeping into architectural theory, research and education. Architects pair with biologists and computer scientists in order to understand breeding strategies, nano-bugs and protocells, and also to investigate into the formal quality of opulence offered by living organisms with indulgent geometries, folds, complex typologies and atrophic decay. The session aims to be provocative, manifesting architecture of science fiction with a capital SCIENCE.



Please note: The schedule below is subject to change.

Th, 07th February

Exhibition of selected projects in the Great Hall, College of Fine Arts, CMU

Exhibition of Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture (includes work by Lars Lerup), Miller Gallery, Purnell Center for the Arts Gallery hours are 12-6pm, Tuesday-Sunday through 24th February. Admission is free. Special opening hours on Saturday, 11 – 6pm, great start before the conference..

17:00 Fabrication + Provocation: Towards Critical Making

Golan Levin, CMU, Frank Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry     venue: McConomy Lecture Theater, University Building, CMU

19:00 The Future Architect as Entrepreneur

workshop with Gill Wildman      venue: tbc – Registration for Gill’s workshop is necessary

Fr, 08th February

Exhibition of selected projects, Great Hall, College of Fine Arts, CMU

8:00 – 12:00   Registration, Great Hall, College of Fine Arts

8:30 – 11:30 Workshops – meeting at 08:00 am in the Great Hall

‘Introduction to Processing’, Madeline Gannon       venue: Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CFA

‘Robots in Architecture 01′, Josh D. Bard, Jeremy Ficca   venue: dFabLab

12:00 Welcome, Opening Remarks

Steve R.Lee [Professor and Head, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University]
Liss C. Werner  [George N.Pauly Jr. Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University]

12:15 – ca. 19:30 Lectures / Panel Discussions followed by the conference dinner [registration necessary]

venue: Giant Eagle Lecture Theatre (tbc)

Session 1: The new Pathology of Architecture I Indulging Opulence I Flesh

PULSATION: Rhythmic Perception in Space

Eric Goldemberg, FIU, MONAD Studio

Exploration and Fidelity in Material Computation’ – Evolutionary Means for the Articulation of Textile Morphologies

Sean Ahlquist, Taubman College, ICD Stuttgart

Collateral Intricacy [Project]

Fleet Hower, RPI

Spatializing the Social [Project]

Andrea Rossi, Lila Panahikazemi, DIA, Dessau Institute of Architecture


14:20 – 14:40 Break

Session 2: Interactions I Human Computer Interface I Behavior

I, for One, welcome our New Panoptic Overlords

Nick Durrent, CoDeLab, Carnegie Mellon

FLOAT_Beijing [Project]

Deren Guler, Xiawei Wang, Harvard GSD, Carnegie Mellon University

Density & Openness revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hongkong [Project]

Ingeborg Rocker, Christian J. Lange, The University of Hongkong, Harvard GSD

Celebral Hut [Project]

Guvenc Ozel, Angewandte, Vienna

Beyond Function: New Paradigms in Robot Human Interaction

Illah R. Nourbakhsh, Josh D. Bard, CMU robotics, CMU architecture

The environment as a signal: The architect as a user

Panagiotis Michalatos, Harvard GSD


16:40 – 17:00 Break

Session 3: Computational Theory I Code and Tangible Desire

Chair of Session: Eric Goldemberg,  FIU, MONAD Studio

The Nature of Code

Daniel Shiffman, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Recursionism [Project]

Michael Jeffers, Jordan Parsons, Carnegie Mellon University

Reverberations Across the the Divide

Madeline Gannon, Carnegie Mellon School University

Bespoken Machines of Architecture

Wes Mcgee, Taubman College, University of Michigan

Desiring Machines

Neil Leach, University of Southern California


20:00  Conference Dinner [Registration necessary]   venue: Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CFA

Sat, 09th February

Exhibition of Selected Projects, Great Hall, College of Fine Arts, CMU

Exhibition of Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture, Miller Gallery, Purnell Center for the Arts Gallery. Hours: 11am-6pm. Admission is free.

08:00 – 12:00  late Registration, Great Hall

08:30 – 11:30 Workshops

‘The Nature of Code’, Daniel Shiffman      venue: Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CFA

‘Robots in Architecture 02′, Wes McGee   venue: Margaret Morrison Hall, room 203

12:00 Welcome

12:05 – 19:00 Lectures/ Debates / Panel Discussions

19:00 – 19:10 Closing Remarks

venue: Kresge Recital Hall, College of Fine Arts

Session 4: Robotic Fabrication 01 I Prototyping

Mill to Fit

Andreas Trummer, TU Graz

deferentialCONSTRUCTIONS: defining conditions for an architecture without control

Harold Sprague Solie, Mark Wright, Ning Zhou, Bennett Scorcia, Taubman College, University of Michigan

Apprenticeship and Mastery in Digital Craft: A Transcending Synthesis of Old and New

Zack Jacobson-Weaver, CoDeLab, Carnegie Mellon University

Breathing Break – Panel Discussion after part 02 of Robotic Fabrication

Session 5: Cognitive Parametricism I Architecture as Political Act

Chair of Session: Neil Leach, University of Southern California

 The Neurobiopolitics of Parametrics: The Cognitive Capital / Cultural Capital Ratio

Warren Neidich, Delft School of Design, TU Delft School of Architecture

14:00 Sanford Kwinter


15:15 – 15:30  Break

Session 6: Robotic Fabrication 02 I Digital Making I Critical Augmented Building

Chair of Session: Krasi Krastev, DIA Dessau Institute of Architecture

Distributed Technologies: Expanding the Field

Matthew Fineout, SMART Architecture

From Dynamic Processes to Adaptive Geometry

Dana Cupkova, Carnegie Mellon University

Responsive Patterns on Double Curved Surfaces [Project]

Pierpaolo Ruttico, Arrighi Stefano, Politecnico die Milano

Social Gravity: Where Analog Means Intersect with Digital Intent [Project]

Robert Trumbour, Aaron Willette, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Taubman College, University of Michigan, Khôra

Panel: Robotic Fabrication 01 and 02

17:00 – 17:20  Break

Session 7: Self Organization I Material Morphology I Biology

Chair of Session: Sean Ahlquist, Taubman College, University of Michigan

On Material, Biology and Architecture

Dale Clifford, BioLogic, Carnegie Mellon University

Vivarium [Project] – tbc

Benjamin Rice, Matter Management, University of California, Berkely

Algal Architecture: Integrating Biological Symbiosis [project

Jacob Douenias, Carnegie Mellon University

Interior Prosthetics [Project]

Nicole Koltick, Drexel University

Scan-to-Production [working with heterogeneity in natural materials] [Project]

Hironori Yoshida, ETH Zürich

Magnetic Architecture: Communicating with Material [Project]

Gabriel Bello Diaz, Alexandre Dubor, IAAC, Magnetic Architecture Research


 ca. 19:00 Closing Remarks



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