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Fwd:sg2012 – Material Intensities – Workshop Application deadline EXTENDED to January 15th!

Von: Shane Burger <>
Datum: 03. Jänner 2012 21:50:39 MEZ

Perhaps we were too ambitious to ask people to spend their New Year’s Eve submitting workshop applications to Smartgeometry 2012: Material Intensities!

In response to numerous requests, we are extending the deadline to submit a Workshop Application by two weeks.

Applications are now due January 15th 2012.

sg2012 Material Intensities: Simulation, Energy, Environment

Smartgeometry Workshops are an annual event – a gathering of leading designers and researchers, programmers and artists, professionals and academics who come together for 4 days of intense collaboration, development, and design.

The sg2012 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 working together within a common framework.

Clusters provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, processes and techniques and act as a catalyst for design resolution. The Workshop is made up of ten Clusters that respond in diverse ways to the sg2012 Challenge Material Intensities.

Applicants to the sg2012 Workshop will select their preferred cluster from the following:

Beyond Mechanics

Micro Synergetics

Composite Territories

Ceramics 2.0

Material Conflicts

Transgranular Perspiration

Reactive Acoustic Environments

Form Follows Flow

Bioresponsive Building Envelopes

Gridshell Digital Tectonics

More information about the sg2012 Workshop and Clusters can be found here:

The application process has been EXTENDED to January 15th 2012.

Full Fee   $1500

Reduced Fee   $750

Scholarship Fee   $350

Fees include attendance to both the workshop and conference from March 19th-24th.

Reduced Fee and Scholarships are available only for Academics, Students and Young Practitioners, and are awarded during a competitive peer review process.

sg2012 takes place from 19-24 March 2012 at EMPAC ( and is hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, upstate New York USA. The Workshop and Conference will be a gathering of the global community of innovators and pioneers in the fields of architecture, design and engineering.


The event will be in two parts: a four day Workshop 19-22 March, and a public conference beginning with Talkshop 23 March, followed by a Symposium 24 March. The event follows the format of the highly successful preceding events sg2010 Barcelona and sg2011 Copenhagen.

sg2012 Challenge Material Intensities: Simulation, Energy, Environment


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.

Material potential is defined by multiple properties: acoustical, chemical, electrical, environmental, magnetic, manufacturing, mechanical, optical, radiological, sensorial, and thermal. The challenge for sg2012 Material Intensities is to consider material economy when creating environments, micro-climates and contexts congenial for social interaction, activities and organisation. This challenge calls for design innovation and dialogue between disciplines and responsibilities.

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 strives to energise our digital prototypes and infuse them with material behaviour. They have 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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Shane M Burger

Smartgeometry promotes the emergence of a new paradigm for digital designers
and craftsman
where mathematics and algorithms are as natural as pen and paper. Smartgeometry operates as a not-for-profit organization.

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