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Fwd: [acadia] SmartGeometry 2011 Copenhagen: a Call for Workshop Cluster Proposals

Von: “Shane M Burger” <>
Datum: 30. November 2010 21:10:37 MEZ
Betreff: [acadia] SmartGeometry 2011 Copenhagen: a Call for Workshop Cluster Proposals

The SmartGeometry Group is pleased to announce that the annual
SmartGeometry Workshop + Conference will take place in Copenhagen 28th
March – 2nd April 2011. The event will be the key event in the year for
discussing, learning and networking about the emerging practice of
digital parametrics within the AEC community.  This year’s challenge is
entitled BUILDING THE INVISIBLE: Informing Design with Real World Data

The event will come in three parts: a Workshop (28-31 March), a public
Shop Talk (1 April), and a public Symposium and Reception (2 April).

The SG2011 Workshop will take place at the Centre for IT and
Architecture (CITA), part of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts School of

These events follow the highly successful previous SG events in
Barcelona 2010, San Francisco 2009, Munich 2008, New York 2007,
Cambridge/London, UK 2006 and multiple preceding events.

More information:

The SG2011 workshop will be organised around Clusters. Clusters are hubs
of expertise. They comprise of people, knowledge, tools, materials and
machines. The Clusters provide a focus for workshop participants
(approx. ten participants per cluster) working together, within a common
framework. Clusters provide a forum for exchange of ideas, processes,
and techniques and act as a catalyst for design resolution.

This open invitation will be extended to anyone either in SG community
or beyond to submit cluster proposals. You are invited to submit a
cluster proposal that responds the SG2011 Challenge: Building the

More information:
PDF Call for Clusters:

— Cluster Proposals are due 13 December 2010 —

SG2011 CHALLENGE: BUILDING THE INVISIBLE – Informing Design with Real
World Data
THE PREMISE     Vast streams of data offer a rich resource for
designers. By incorporating external information into our design
processes the autonomy of the design is challenged. User data, energy
calculations, embedded sensing, material and structural simulation,
human behaviour and perception, particle flows and force fields allows
design to be situated and responsive. From the simulation of megacities
to the solid modeling of material systems, design has the potential to
be informed by the real. Design sits not separate from is environment
but inhabits an ecological system, open, dynamic and interdependent,
diverse, partially self-organising, adaptive, and fragile. Across scale
and within time we now have the chance to instill architecture with an
immanent intelligence creating new relationships between the user, the
built and its ecosphere.

THE OPPORTUNITY     Systems theorists suggest that data is only a raw
material. It can be differentiated from information, knowledge and
wisdom. Understanding is multi-leveled: understanding of relations,
understanding of patterns, understanding of principles. As digital
designers our challenge is in harnessing the power of computation to
assist us in informing our design process. Computers help us collect,
manage and analyse the environment and inform us about an abundance of
data. Our challenge is to use these inputs in a meaningful way to help
us make better informed design decisions.

THE AIM     SG 2011 explores how the incorporation of real world data
challenges existing design thinking. The SG 2011 workshop aim is to
create physical prototypes of design systems to be exhibited in the
SG2011 exhibition.

Workshop Applications Open: 3rd January 2011
SG2011 Workshop: 28 – 31 March 2011
SG2011 Conference: 1 – 2 April 2011

The SmartGeometry 2012 Workshop + Conference will be held in Troy, NY,
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Spring 2012.

It will be co-hosted by the School of Architecture and the Experimental
Media and Performing Arts Center.

*** The SmartGeometry Group is a not-for-profit educational organization
dedicated to the exploration of computational tools in architecture and
engineering.  SG brings designers and researchers, professionals,
academics, and industry together to work critically within the next
generation of digital design systems.  SG Workshops are non-platform
specific, believing it is the methodology, not the tool, that

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