// MECS // Conference // January 16-17, 2015

// MECS // Konferenz // 16. – 17. Januar 2015
»Computational Design Culture. Scripting, Simulation, and the Making of Architecture«

Abstract

This 1.5-day conference will bring together architects, engineers, software developers and scholars of architectural theory, philosophy of science, and media studies to explore how and in what particular manner computer simulations and scripting techniques have an epistemic and aesthetic impact on the design and making of architecture. Papers and project presentations will offer an insight into the novel modes of code-controlled design and production by discussing the various methods, approaches, strategies, and translations involved within computational processes and fabrication tools. The conference aims to discuss a series of issues that include (but are not limited to) the following questions:How and why do architects and engineers integrate computer simulations in their design and planning processes? What are the selection criteria for parameters and algorithms and how do they have an agency within a simulation or script? How do software and scripting contribute as tools and mediums to analysis, design, and fabrication and what are the implications for architects and engineers in becoming programmers and software developers? What is the potential of design computation for the improvement of communication and collaboration between architects, engineers, and programmers? Furthermore, what are the characteristics of a computational design culture and how do algorithmic practices and techniques affect the ways we describe, experience, and discuss architecture?


Programm

Freitag, 16. Januar 2016
09.30Coffee and Registration
10.00

Welcome: Claus Pias & Martin Warnke (Directors, MECS Institute for Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation, Leuphana University Lüneburg)

Opening Remarks: Nicole Stöcklmayr (MECS Institute for Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation, Leuphana University Lüneburg)

10.15Achim Menges (Institute for Computational Design, University of Stuttgart / Graduate School of Design, Harvard University)
»Computational Design and Material Culture«
11.00Jan Knippers (Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design, University of Stuttgart / Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering, Stuttgart, New York, Berlin)
»Integrative Design in a Computational Environment«
11.45

Coffee Break

12.00Matias del Campo & Sandra Manninger (Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan / Tongji University, Shanghai / del Campo Manninger Architects, Vienna, Shanghai, Detroit)
»Moody Objects«
12:45Lunch Break
14:15Moritz Heimrath (Institute for Structural Design, University of Applied Arts, Vienna / Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure, Frankfurt a.M., Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Oslo, Melbourne / Karamba3d, parametric engineering)
»Evolutionary Structures«
15:00Stefan Rutzinger & Kristina Schinegger  (The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London / Institute of Architectural Sciences, Vienna University of Technology / soma, Vienna, Salzburg)
»Alchemy and Simulation, an Approach towards the Formless«
15:45Coffee Break
16.00Barbara Imhof (Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna / LIQUIFER Systems Group, Vienna, Mumbai)
»And The Stars Look Very Different Today." Collaboration, Visualization and Simulation Methodologies in Contemporary Space Architecture Practice«
16:45Coffee Break
17.00Keynote: Mario Carpo (The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London)
»The Style of Big Data«
Samstag, 17. Januar 2016
10.00Andrea Graser (Studio Okular, Vienna)
»Coding Light Density«
10.45

Gabriele Gramelsberger (MECS Institute for Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation, Leuphana University Lüneburg)
»Life/Design/Matter - Towards a Philosophy of Parametric Thinking«

11.45Round Table Discussion
12.45Concluding Remarks: Nicole Stöcklmayr (MECS Institute for Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation, Leuphana University Lüneburg)

Veranstaltungsort
Stadtarchiv Lüneburg
Wallstr. 4
21335 Lüneburg
Stadtarchiv-Lüneburg.net

Konzept & Organisation
Nicole Stöcklmayr

Anmeldung
Die Konferenz ist kostenlos und für die Öffentlichkeit frei zugänglich, allerdings wird eine Anmeldung benötigt. Hierfür bitte eine E-Mail senden an:
mecs@leuphana.de.

Sprache
Die Konferenz wird auf Englisch abgehalten.