Dr Tim Ireland to speak at Bio-Computational Symposium at The Bartlett School of Architecture

Dr Tim Ireland, Director of Digital Architecture and Founder of KSAP’s Digital Architecture Research Centre (DARC), will be giving a talk titled, ‘Between Life and Architecture’ and the upcoming Bio-Computational Symposium on Wednesday 27 November at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Organised by Claudia Pasquero, Emmanouil Zaroukas and Filippo Nassetti from the Urban Morphogenisis Lab, the symposium will discuss and reflect upon, ‘the link between human and non-human intelligences, architecture and urban design.’

Dr Tim Ireland’s presentation will claim a correlation between architectural theory and the biosemiotic project, and suggest how this coupling establishes a framework leading to an architectural-biosemiotic paradigm that puts biosemiotic theory at the heart of cognising the built environment, and offers an approach to understanding and shaping the built environment that supports and benefits human, and organismic, spatial intelligence.

Digital Architecture Open Lecture: Claudia Pasquero, Co-Director of ecoLogicStudio

This week’s second Digital Architecture Open Lecture will be given by Claudia Pasquero, from ecoLogicStudio on Thursday 15th February 2018 at 6pm in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

The work Claudia has been involved in the past few years experiments on the application of recent scientific findings in Unconventional Computing to multi-scalar realms of architecture and urban design. The aim of this research agenda is to mobilize artificial and biological intelligence in search of a new mode of reasoning and therefore designing within a complex milieu where multiple degrees of stability, instability as well as diversity coexist.

In this framework, the shift to biological intelligence (intended as computation) stands for an attempt to engage with the current disconnection (alienation) between matter, information (big data) and energy, transforming the act of design into the possibility to hack into natural as well as artificial morphogenetic processes, in real time and designate novel realms of operations.

Methodologically OUR [object with universal relevance] aims to enable novel tactics of interaction to emerge where diffuse models supported by collective intelligence and distributed spatial memory are capable to suggest multiple strategies of interventions. Bottom up and top down models of planning become obsolete methods in the wake of OUR.

Claudia Pasquero’s work operates at the intersection of biology, computation and design. She is Director of the Urban Morphogenesis Lab at The Bartlett, Co-Director of ecoLogicStudio, Professor of Landscape Architecture at Innsbruck University and a senior staff member at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.

Claudia is also Head Curator of the Tallinn Architectural Biennale 2017. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally: at the FRAC Centre in Orléans, the Venice Architectural Biennale, ZKM Karlsruhe and the MilanoExpo2015 among others. Claudia has recently completed the BioTechHut Pavilion for Expo Astana 2017, HORTUS Astana 2017, Urban Algae Folly Aarhus 2017 and she is now working on a new commission for the FRAC Centre in Orléans.