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Fwd: [acadia] SmartGeometry 2011 Copenhagen: Workshop Applications are Open!

Applications to the SmartGeometry 2011 Workshop in Copenhagen are open!

The SmartGeometry 2011 Workshop is organised around the challenge Building
the Invisible – to explore how the incorporation of real world data
challenges existing design thinking. The end result of the workshop is to
create physical prototypes of these design systems which will also be
shown in the SmartGeometry 2011 exhibition. SmartGeometry workshops are a
unique creative cauldron attracting attendees from across the world of
professional practice and academia, including designers, researchers, and
leading students in the field.

The workshop is open to 100 applicants who come together for four
intensive days of design and collaboration.
Applications will close on 31 January 2011.

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.

SG2011 Clusters:
Cyber Gardens
Use the Force
Urban Feeds
Suspended Dreams
Interacting with the City
Agent Construction
Authored Sensing
Performing Skins
Responsive Acoustic Surfacing
Hybrid Space Structure Typologies

Applications Close     31st January 2011
SmartGeometry 2011 Workshop     28 – 31 March 2011
SmartGeometry 2011 2-Day Conference     1 – 2 April 2011

Speakers and registration information for the 2-day conference will be
posted on the website soon.


The SmartGeometry 2011 Workshops will take place in Copenhagen at the
Royal Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture.

This years challenge reflects the workshop environment present at the
school and the field of knowledge established at the schools Centre for IT
and Architecture (CITA). The SmartGeometry 2011 workshops will have access
to a wide array of fabrication equipment. The Royal Academy of Fine Arts
owns a rich workshop environment that offers besides the usual digital
machines access to high quality tools from metal, wood and plastic
fabrication. The range of tools encourages a hybrid approach of
traditional and digital crafting techniques. Sponsors will provide further
equipment from the field of Rapid-Prototyping and digital fabrication as
further specialized tools may be organized through contacts by the
individual workshop organizers.

SmartGeometry 2011 Challenge:

BUILDING THE INVISIBLE – Informing Digital Design with Real World Data

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 modelling 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 instil
architecture with an immanent intelligence creating new relationships
between the user, the built and its ecosphere.

Systems theorists suggest that data is only a raw material. It can be
differentiated from information, knowledge and wisdom. Understanding is
multi-levelled: 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.

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.

More information…

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