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FW: sg2012 Material Intensities – 2 weeks left in the Call for Workshop Clusters

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY USA 19 – 24 March 2012

A strong emphasis is laid this year on multi-discplinary partnerships between practice, academia, construction, and especially industry. The deadline for Cluster proposals will be Monday September 19 2011 (see timeline).

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Questions about the application process or facilities provided can be asked in the sgForum here (login required)

Our hosts for sg2012 is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).

EMPAC Building

Rensselaer’s history and strengths as a world-class engineering school afford a unique environment for design at the School of Architecture. In addition to it’s own Undergraduate emphasis on design, computation and the built environment, its Graduate research programs focus on lighting, acoustics, and include the Center for Architectural Science and Ecology (CASE).

The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), a pioneering facility devoted to research and performance across a range of digital and phycial media, will be the venue for the Workshop and Conference.

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Imagine the design space of architecture was no longer at the scale of rooms, walls and atria, but that of cells, grains and vapour droplets. Rather than the flow of people, services, or construction schedules, the focus becomes the flow of light, vapour, molecular vibrations and growth schedules: design from the inside out.

The sg2012 challenge, Material Intensities, is intended to dissolve our notion of the built environment as inert constructions enclosing physically sealed spaces. Spaces and boundaries are abundant with vibration, fluctuating intensities, shifting gradients and flows. The materials that define them are in a continual state of becoming: a dance of energy and information.

sg2010 Working Prototypes strove to emancipate digital design from the hard drive by moving from the virtual to the actual in wrestling with the tangible world of physical fabrication.  sg2011 Building the Invisible focused on informing digital design with real world data.  sg2012 Material Intensities aims to energise our digital prototypes and to infuse them with material behaviour. They gain the potential to become rich simulations informed by the material dynamics, chemical composition, energy flows, force fields and environmental conditions that feed back into the design process.

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