Next week’s Digital Architecture Open Lecture: ‘Exploring the Computational Mass’

Next week’s Digital Architecture Open Lecture will be given by John Harding, Senior Lecturer at UWE on Tuesday 13 February 2018 at 6PM in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

Parametric design shifts authorship from object to a logical process. Treating machines as clerks however only touches the surface of their potential, and at worst creates a harmful abstraction promoting autonomy of form. The theorist Mario Carpo has recently described the ‘Second Digital Turn’ as the moment architects began developing flexible computational tools for thinking rather than those for making (although in truth, some have been doing this since the 1960s). If we acknowledge that the complexity of design cannot be reduced to a logical process and is inherently ‘messy’, how can computers and humans work together and where does this leave questions of authorship and control? With computers now writing their own algorithms, how best can we join the conversation?

John Harding has studied and practiced as both an architect and engineer for 20 years. In 2014 he received a doctorate from The University of Bath in computational design, focusing on genetic programming for early-stage design exploration. His current research interests lie in structural form-finding, evolutionary computing, and machine learning applications for design. He previously led the Ramboll Computational Design team in London before becoming Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of The West of England, UK.

Chloe Street and Gordana Fontana-Giusti are presenting at The 10th International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association

Chloe Street and Gordana Fontana-Giusti from the Kent School of Architecture are presenting at; The 10th International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) – Transgression.

The conference will explore the ways in which boundaries can be exceeded or subverted in order to develop new forms of architecture and architectural practice – as well as new understandings of architecture and the role architecture could play. These boundaries might be theoretical, professional, social, spatial, disciplinary, legal, historical or physical.

The conference will be hosted by the Department of Planning and Architecture at the University of the West of England, Bristol on the 21-23 November 2013.

Chloe Street (Lecturer: KSA, University of Kent) and Oliver Froome-Lewis (Course Leader: CSA, University for the Creative Arts) will give a paper on their mapping and research project ‘Lea Valley Drift’:

Lea Valley Drift was formed in the Spring of 2012, and awarded funding by the LLDC ‘Emerging East’ project, in anticipation of the Olympic North Park opening in July 2013, alongside other culturally inclusive community projects. Through this commission, a pair of local maps, with walking routes, and a book, Beyond the Olympic Park, have been developed with the integration of the Olympic Park with local communities and the inauguration of the Public Park in mind. By foregrounding the analysis and interpretation of the experiential qualities of found urban space through fieldwork and re-thinking cartographic means, our maps explore adjustments to perception and use without the requirement for physical change. We contend that experience and use of public space is primarily affected by our perception of what it is for and what it might be for, and secondarily by what it physically lends itself to being.

Gordana Fontana–Giusti will give a paper on Transgression and Le Corbusier’s Journey to the East.

This paper will investigate how Le Corbusier’s Journey to the East could be considered a transgression. In contrast to the ‘Grand Tour’ travellers of the eighteenth century who searched for legacy of the classical antiquity, and distinct from the self-conscious romantic ‘adventurers’ of the nineteenth-century, Charles-Edouard  Jeanneret’s 1911 journey to the east was less grand and obsessive, while possibly even more absorbing, life-changing, transgressive and industrious.