viernes, 18 de junio de 2010

Master's Degree in Biodigital Architecture 2010-2011

Fecha límite de preinscripción: 31 de octubre de 2010.
El Máster Universitario en Arquitectura Biodigital de la UIC se creó el año 2000 como un programa de postgrado pionero, el primero en tratar sobre la arquitectura entendida desde puntos de vista biológicos y digitales, el primero en hacer converger de manera sistemática a los fundadores del organicismo digital, la nueva vanguardia del siglo XXI.
Así, estando dentro del contexto de la Línea de Investigación “Arquitecturas Genéticas” de la ESARQ (Escuela Superior de Arquitectura), se pone especial atención al nuevo proyectar cibernético-digital y ecológico-medioambiental, para desarrollar conceptos como genético y generativo, la idea de emergencia dentro del mundo natural y digital, biomímesis, bioaprendizaje, morfogénesis, etc.
Los resultados del Master Universitario han sido publicado en Arquitecturas Genéticas I (2004), II (2006) y III (2010)
More information: CataláEspañol / English

miércoles, 16 de junio de 2010

SPECULATIS workshop application deadline JUNE 25th

The deadline for applications for the SPECULATIS workshop has been extended to JUNE 25th, 2010!!  To apply, contact:

SPECULATIS is a workshop that introduces and explores techniques of algorithmic design and fabrication integrated with interactive components. The platform integrates seminars and construction of a design piece at natural scale - a working chandelier - as a means of investigating different techniques and potentials present in the intersection of morphological discovery through algorithmic processes, fabrication technologies, and interactivity modulation. 
The workshop will be held July 10-17th in Oporto, Portugal. Please find attached our advertising poster and press release. We thank you in advance for helping divulge this initiative. 

For general information, questions:
For applications/registration:

Thank you!
Best regards,

Ezio Blasetti, ahylo :: Carla Leitao, aumstudio :: with OPO'Lab

lunes, 14 de junio de 2010

TheVeryMany Practice/Lab/Factory

Image: Marc Fornes
"I have now been posting personal work about computational morphologies on since 2005 – it is now finally time to work on a new skin for THEVERYMANY™ and also update many yet non published projects."
"Note: that new website is still a Work In Progress - pages are susceptible of changes – therefore links also - so for the time being please only direct to /"
Marc Fornes

viernes, 11 de junio de 2010

Bill Mitchell, former dean of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning, dies at age 65

from MIT News by Scott Campbell and Ellen Hoffmane

Photo Credit: Webb Chappell, 1997
Born in 1944 and raised in rural Australia, Mitchell received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Environmental Design from Yale and a Master of Arts from Cambridge. He was a Fellow of both the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recipient of six honorary doctorates. In 1997 he was awarded the annual Appreciation Prize of the Architectural Institute of Japan; he also chaired the National Academies Committee on Information Technology and Creativity. 

Before coming to MIT, Mitchell was the G. Ware and Edythe M. Travelstead Professor of Architecture and director of the Master in Design Studies Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He also served as head of the Architecture/Urban Design Program at UCLA's Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning and taught at Yale, Carnegie-Mellon and Cambridge Universities. 

Mitchell was a prolific author. In his most recent book, Reinventing the Automobile, co-authored with Christopher Borroni-Bird and Lawrence Burns (MIT Press, 2010), Mitchell reimagines the automobile for the 21st century, proposing that today's cars follow the same basic design principles as the Model T: they are well suited for conveying multiple passengers over long distances at high speeds, but inefficient for providing personal mobility within cities, where most of the world's people now live. 

Other publications include World's Greatest Architect: Making, Meaning and Network Culture (2008); Imagining: Designing a Campus for the Twenty-First Century MIT (2007); Placing Words: Symbols, Space, and the City (2005), Me++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City (2003); e-topia: Urban Life, Jim-But Not As We Know It (1999); High Technology and Low-Income Communities, with Donald A. Schön and Bish Sanyal (1999); City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn (1995); Digital Design Media (1991, 1995); The Reconfigured Eye: Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era (1992); The Logic of Architecture: Design, Computation, and Cognition (1990); co author at The Electronic Design Studio (1990); con author with J., Robin S. Liggett, and Thomas Kvan, The Art of Computer Graphics Programming: A Structured Introduction for Architects and Designers (1987) and Computer-Aided Architectural Design (1977). [complete list: books/bibliography]. He also served as chair of the Editorial Board at the MIT Press since 1994 and had been a member of the publisher's Management Board since 2000. 

"Bill Mitchell was a very important thinker, truly a pioneer of the future," said Adèle Naudé Santos, current dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. "He played an extremely important role in research at the Media Lab, and because he was such a prolific writer, the significant advances he made will be with us for all time. Our community will be much diminished by his passing." 

"Bill's highly unorthodox approach to re-thinking and re-framing daunting societal problems was the essence of his brilliance," said Frank Moss, director of the Media Lab. "It has significantly impacted my thinking about how one changes the world for the better." 

Mitchell is survived by his wife, Jane Wolfson; a daughter, Emily and son-in-law, Seth Rooder of Brooklyn Heights, NY; a son, Billy of Cambridge; his mother, Joyce of Berwick, Australia; a sister, Mary Close and brother-in-law John Close of Kallista, Australia; his previous wife, Elizabeth Asmis of Chicago; and a loving extended family. 

Donations in his memory may be made to the Learning Prep School at 1507 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465, where a technology fund will be established in his memory. 

A memorial service will be held at MIT at the new Media Lab Complex, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA, on Wednesday, June 16 at 10 a.m. Private burial services will follow at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. 

jueves, 10 de junio de 2010

Apomechanes 2010 (Jul 19th - Aug 06th)

Apomechanes is an intensive 3 week computational design studio held each summer in Athens, Greece. The studio is devoted to furthering techniques and concepts of algorithmic processes as means for design and fabrication. apomechanes brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds and fields of study to discuss, exchange and collaborate on projects that investigate modes of algorithmic and machinic processes in architectural design. At present computational techniques are predominantly employed in the optimization, rationalization or surface decoration of more traditionally created wholes. This research instead focuses on the inherent potential of computation to generate space and of algorithmic procedures to engage self-organization in the design process. During the workshop, participants create their own custom algorithms leading to the fabrication of working full-scale prototypes appropriate to their research trajectories. Participants engage closely with computational processes in order to develop an aesthetic and intuition of complexity that resides in a balance between design intent and emergent character.
Coordinators: Pavlos Xanthopoulos :: Ioulietta Zindrou :: Elisavet Antapassi
The studio is organized in 2 parts; the first part is the seminar and it includes a series of lectures on algorithmic design concepts, methodologies and techniques, while the second focuses on project development and fabrication. Apo Mechanes staff will review all applications and succesful applicants will be notified by June 15th. Upon receipt of the letter of acceptance participants will need to pay a 100/150/200 Euro (seminar/workshop/studio) deposit by June 31st to confirm their position.
Algorithmic Design Seminar (Monday 19th July - Monday 26th July)
Algorithmic Design Workshop (Wednesday 28th July - Friday 6th August)
Algorithmic Design Studio (Monday 19th July - Friday 6th August)