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lecture

ACHIM MENGES: MATERIAL CULTURE AND DESIGN COMPUTATION

15 May 2014 19:00 pm - Städelschule Aula

Advances in the conception of materiality and the technologies of materialization have always been a catalyst for design innovation in architecture. Today, technological innovation across multiple disciplines suggests that design computation is no longer limited to the binary realm of the digital, but rather transforms into an intense interface to the more complex domain of the physical. Thus a new understanding of the material in architecture is beginning to arise, forging new alliances between the fields of design, engineering and natural sciences, and leading to a novel material culture in architecture. In this lecture Achim Menges will discuss how materiality no longer remains a fixed property and passive receptor of form, but instead how it can be transformed into an active generator of design and an adaptive agent of both structural performance and architectural performativity.