miércoles, 30 de marzo de 2011

Call for Papers XV SIGraDi 2011 Conference "Augmented Culture"

XV Congreso SIGRADI 2011

Call for Papers: February 15, 2011 - April 15, 2011
We invite you to submit abstracts with a maximum of 600 words before April 15th 2011. Abstracts may be written in Spanish, Portuguese or English. You must also indicate your work’s interest area, approach, category and five (5) keywords. A synthesis image could be incorporated.
Abstracts will be reviewed and evaluated through a blind peer review process using the International Scientific Committee. Criteria for acceptance are adequacy to the conference theme, relevance, originality, premises and clarity of presentation.
All conference information and communication will be available through the conference website and through email: investigacion@fadu.unl.edu.ar  or sigradi2011@gmail.com
Author Guidelines
  • They could have a maximum of 600 words.
  • The accepted languages are: Spanish, Portuguese or English.
  • Yoy should indicate the work’s interest area, approach, category and five (5) keywords (this information goes outside the abstract).
  • A synthesis image, in jpg format and 72 ppp of resolution, could be incorporated.
We suggest not adding references, with the exception of footnotes for citations in the text, which will be emphasized between quotes and with italic type.
Direct references to authors and/or their institutions, must be avoided.
Start here to submit a paper to this conference.

Facultad de Arquitectura Diseño y Urbanismo
Universidad Nacional del Litora.

Fab 7 : Lima, August 2011

The Seventh International Fab Lab Conference by FabLab LIMA.
Lima, August, 2011
Fab7 is the annual international Fab Lab event which gathers field practitioners and laboratory researchers from the FabLab network and beyond, for a week hands-on workshops and a one day academyc symposium on the principles and applications of digital fabrication.

domingo, 27 de marzo de 2011

Guadalajara Workshop: Grasshopper

Workshop destinado principalmente a Arquitectos y Diseñadores interesados en el aprendizaje del diseño paramétrico y la creación de algoritmos generativos para su implementación en distintos procesos del diseño, el curso cubrira los conceptos basicos para abordar proyectos de diseño a través del desarollo de herramientas algoritmicas mediante un processo de programación visual , utilizaremos el software Rhino 3d y el plugin Grasshopper como nuestras herramientas de trabajo.
Instructores: Rodrigo Medina | Daniel Camiro
Lugar: CID [centro integral de diseño] www.cid.mx
Plaza Andares Local UPST2-01 Ingreso por Av. Acueducto, Zapopan, Jalisco, México
Fechas: 01 / 02 / 03 de Abril 2011
Todos los niveles de experiencia son bienvenidos el unico requisito es tener un entendimiento basico de los programas CAD y una actitud positiva hacia el aprandizaje de dichas herramientas.
*Los participantes deberan traer su propia laptop con todo el software y actualizaciones (originales o verisones de demostración oficiales)previamente instaladas.(se fijara una fecha unos días antes para revisar que todos los equipos esten en orden y listos para trabajar)
Mas información

jueves, 24 de marzo de 2011

IJAC Call for Article Submissions: Deadline: 15 April 2011

Call for Article SubmissionsWe invite authors to submit complete and original papers for this peer-reviewed Journal that center on the special issue journal theme ‘Design Economies |The Collaborative Impact’.

‘Design Economies |The Collaborative Impact’The proliferation of computational models both in practice and in the academy has led many designers and architects to participate in formative and often, entrepreneurial collaborations involving an array disciplines and allied industry partners. The measurable and effective impact of these partnerships has produced both virtual and real prototypes at a variety of scales and contexts. While the initial influence of these outcomes is visible within the global context of the design studio and is evident in the work of leading-edge practitioners, a range of opportunities centered on exploring the seams between ideation, innovation, and invention suggest an emerging design trajectory rooted not only in the moral imperatives of our time, but in developing intersections that undoubtedly will reframe future generations of educators and practitioners.
This call for submissions seeks scholarly research papers and creative projects and works that explore the collaborative context of an engaged design research methodology that has resulted in scenario planning, new products, and innovative processes that continue to shape today’s emerging design economies.

Authors are invited to submit complete and original papers that have not been published elsewhere and are not currently under consideration for another journal or conference. The submissions should be full-length papers (3000 - 5000 words, maximum length 6000 words) complete with illustrations reporting original research or practice.

IJAC Paper Submission Guidelines
In order to facilitate the review process, authors are required to submit their paper by uploading to the IJAC review system. The IJAC template must be used and the referencing style observed.
Formatting guidelines can be downloaded at:

Submissions to the IJAC system should be accompanied by the phrase “Design Economies Special Issue” entered into comment box in the on-line form.

Important Submission Dates/Deadlines:
Preliminary Submission Deadline: 15 April 2011
Notification of Acceptance: 06 May 2011
Final Submission Deadline: 1 June 2011
Submittal to Publisher: 1 July 2011
Publication Date: 2011

jueves, 10 de marzo de 2011

Co-de-IT @Firenze March 25-27 by Giulio Piacentino

Advanced Grasshopper Workshop
Advanced Grasshopper
This is a scripting course based on RhinoCommon and its utilization within Grasshopper. It is designed to allow the user to accomplish more with this algorithmic modeling program and has the goal to enter the programming world and tinker more complex, interactive solutions. We will also explore advanced programming paradigms. There is no class official programming language, as both C# and Vb.Net are possible on the participant’s side, and all examples will be provided in both C# and Vb.Net. Additionally, we will see how to get started writing full .Net plug-ins. Finally, we will have time to explore user’s own proposals on the third day.
The participants number is established to a maximum of 20 people in order to ensure a fruitful tutoring as well as a consistent learning experience to all participants.
More information here

sábado, 5 de marzo de 2011

AA Symposium: Debating Fundamentals: Probing the Autopoiesis of Architecture

Architectural Association
» March 11, 2011 10:00 AM
Participants (tbc):
organised by Patrik Schumacher

The debate will be guided by the issues raised in Patrik Schumacher's book The Autopoiesis of Architecture, which is being published by Wiley. Volume 1 was launched at the AA on 7 December 2010; Volume 2 will come out in autumn 2011. The purpose of the book is to give leadership to the discipline. It presents a systematic treatise on architecture, a unified theory constructed on the basis of a comprehensive discourse analysis of the discipline, rationally reconstructed as autopoietic system of communications, within the framework of Niklas Luhmann’s social systems theory. 

The theory of architectural autopoiesis constructs a unified theoretical system that integrates many partial theories. The following theories are presented in Volume 1: theories of architectural theory; of architecture’s historical emergence; of the discipline’s self- demarcation; of the avant-garde; of the form-function aesthetic theory; of style(s), design media theory; and of architecture’s societal function. (Volume 2 continues with theories of architecture’s task articulated into an organisational, a phenomenological, and a semiological dimension; design process theory; of architecture’s relevant societal environment; of architecture’s relationship to politics; of architectural self-description. Volume two ends with a comprehensive argument for parametricism as unified, epochal style for the 21st century.)
Guests/speakers might pick one of following topics/questions (or bring anything else into the debate):

A fundamental question of ethos/ideology/discursive culture: Should we – the participants/protagonists of architecture –  commit/submit ourselves to a collective debate arguing about the direction in which architecture should progress?
Is all relevant architecture globally relevant architecture, i.e. world architecture?
In which way is architecture autonomous? Is architecture one of the great autopoietic function systems of society?
Demarcating architecture: Does architecture/design constitute a sui generis discursive field and domain of expertise distinct from art, engineering and science?
The raison d’etre of architecture: Does architecture have a specific role or function to fulfil within society?
Does architecture have a stable discursive core identity? Which are the permanent and which the variable communication structures of architecture?
Can architecture be defined via its lead distinction of form vs function?
Is the distinction between avant-garde and mainstream a useful schema to analyse what goes on in architecture?
What is the role of architectural theory? Can there be architecture without theory?
Is the category of beauty still valid within architecture? What is the role and raison d’etre of aesthetic values?
What is the significance and import of the evolving design media?
Is the category of style(s) still valid (or even necessary) within architecture?
Does it make sense to propose a comprehensive, unified theory of architecture in the form of an elaborate theoretical system?

These are topics that might be raised by any of the speakers, or these might be questions with which the speakers might be confronted by the host. The idea here is to share a set of questions without necessarily allocating or selecting questions.

ACADIA 2011 Regional - Parametricism

CONFERENCE March 10-12, 2011
ACADIA 2011 Regional - Parametricism:  Student Performance Criteria (SPC), is set to complement ACADIA’s mission of facilitating communication and critical thinking regarding the use of computers in architecture, with a specific focus on the impact of education and how computation and computational thinking, particularly the concept of Parametricism*, is poised to evolve design thinking and the future of architectural practice.  In a type of radical parametric pragmatism, we invite sessions, papers, and discussions to the ACADIA Regional Conference that projectively interrogate a parametric frontier which both engages and surpasses fulfillment of SPC, and other regulatory criteria, in the pursuit of design innovation and elegance. Far from a solitary academic endeavor, it is our goal that the conference becomes a conversational interface between practitioners, educators, researchers, designers, and students. Each, bringing implementations in computational and parametric based design, development, production, management, and manufacturing that have infiltrated, integrated, and excelled working methodologies and resultants. * Patrik Schumacher

Tom Verebes, oceanD 
Jeff Day, MIN | DAY 
Nate Miller, NBBJ

martes, 1 de marzo de 2011

The Eclipse of Beauty: Parametric Beauty

The Eclipse of Beauty: Parametric Beauty
The Harvard GSD Symposia on Architecture
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall. Cambridge, MA. USA.
 » March 9, 2011 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Public Lecture
  • Mario Carpo, Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History, Yale University. Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology 
  • Ingeborg Rocker, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Harvard GSD 
  • Michael Meredith, Associate Professor of Architecture, Harvard GSD 
What has happened to architectural beauty? It used to be the fundamental value of architectural theory and practice, the touchstone of every conceivable achievement for a discipline that considered itself primarily as an art. Today, the word is seldom pronounced by theorists and professionals, at least in public. Even critics and historians tend to avoid the loaded term.

What has happened to architectural beauty? Its eclipse is all the more surprising given that architectural aesthetics is everywhere. The architectural star-system is to a large extent based on signature forms that herald the originality of their authors. The so-called "Guggenheim effect" has fundamentally to do with the visual seduction exerted by Frank Gehry's project on a large public, from connoisseurs to simple passers-by. It has paved the way for all sorts of prestigious architectural commissions, often linked to the cultural sector, museums, libraries, opera houses requiring visually striking answers that can be appreciated by a broad audience. Usually entrusted to a relatively small cohort of elite architects, these commissions nevertheless contribute to define the tone of contemporary architectural debate. Even if the term beauty is rarely invoked to characterize their power of seduction, the aesthetic dimension plays a determining role. Download a full description (pdf) of The Eclipse of Beauty symposia

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact: Brooke King